Even in 2011, Food Deserts Are Not Uncommon - Page 2
Those who find themselves in areas labeled as food deserts will need to travel by private cars, public transportation or on foot to get to healthy and affordable food. Moreover, since the prime areas known as food deserts tend to fall into the lower spectrum on the economic pole, many don’t have access to a private car and transporting large quantities of food either on foot or by public transportation is simply out of the question.
One statistic that stands out in my mind regarding the food desert area I visited is that Alabama is the hungriest state in the U.S. However, Alabama is also the fattest state. Those two seemingly go hand in hand and include the problem of food deserts. Individuals who live in areas where healthy and affordable food aren’t available are known to have high rates of obesity. Purchasing from high priced convenience stores or from fast food restaurants is the number one resource for those living in food deserts, thus the obvious health problems, especially obesity, is not uncommon.
The United States prides itself on the ability to help underprivileged areas where hunger is prevalent. However, we’ve done little to combat the problems in our country. It’s time to step back and take a look at the situation right in front of our face before we attempt to solve the issues facing those in other countries. This is not an idea that is specific to Food Deserts however, this is simply common sense.