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“He knows what it’s like to walk the streets of some of our cities’ poorest neighborhoods because he’s lived there,” Donovan said. “What it’s like to take a subway or a bus just to find a fresh piece of fruit in a grocery store.”
Originally posted by xuenchen
By the Way;
Why did Obama only have to Take a Subway or a Bus only once to Find a Fresh Piece of Fruit ?
Originally posted by acmpnsfal
Just because most inner city stores do not sell fruits and vegetables does not mean there is no demand for it. Some neighborhoods do have those type of stands around. The problem in part is that its not made available therefore not an option. Clearly living in the city means no land so how would someone farm? Some areas have converted vacant lots into community gardens for that puropse but generally speaking its not an option. Also going back and forth to the market all the time requires time. Time that people may not have to use. Taking public transportation will make any trip way longer than it would be by car.
“And [Obama] knows what it’s like to be judged not on your merits or your talent but because of where you come from, what your name is or even what you look like,” Donovan said.
But two new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. And there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents.
Within a couple of miles of almost any urban neighborhood, “you can get basically any type of food,” said Roland Sturm of the RAND Corporation, lead author of one of the studies. “Maybe we should call it a food swamp rather than a desert,” he said.
Some experts say these new findings raise questions about the effectiveness of efforts to combat the obesity epidemic simply by improving access to healthy foods. Despite campaigns to get Americans to exercise more and eat healthier foods, obesity rates have not budged over the past decade, according to recently released federal data.
“It is always easy to advocate for more grocery stores,” said Kelly D. Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, who was not involved in the studies. “But if you are looking for what you hope will change obesity, healthy food access is probably just wishful thinking.”
[snip] ...or meet health code rules