"Maybe we should call it a food swamp rather than a desert."
April 19, 2012 1:38 AM Subscribe
posted by 2N2222 (63 comments total)
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The food desert
has been a regular topic
here on MetaFilter
, posts about which often highlight a particular narrative about the effects of meager food choices for poorer urban communities, negatively affecting health and choice among low income people
. Though not always
. Some new studies
indicate the situation in the US might be more like the latter, not quite as dire as is usually asserted.
"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
As usual, it 's complicated