Having more fast-food restaurants nearby, though, did mean that low-income men ate at the chain restaurants more often, the study in Archives of Internal Medicine said.

Researchers and policymakers think “food deserts” — poor neighborhoods with few or no healthy food options — may be linked to the obesity epidemic. The problem hasn’t been easy to solve, however, especially because supermarkets and health-food stores are reluctant to open branches in low-income areas.

But the link between food access and what people eat is complicated, said study author Penny Gordon-Larsen, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


“It’s not simply enough to introduce a grocery store,” she told Reuters Health.

“Our findings provide some evidence for zoning restrictions on fast food restaurants within 3 km of low-income residents but suggest that increased access to food stores may require complementary or alternative strategies to promote dietary behavior change,”

she and her colleagues wrote.

The study tracked about 5,000 young adults living in four cities: Birmingham, Alabama, Chicago, Illinois, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Oakland, California.

Starting in 1985, researchers surveyed the participants every few years about their eating habits, including their intake of fruits and vegetables, and how often they visited fast-food restaurants.

At the same time, the researchers calculated how many fast-food chain restaurants, grocery stores, and supermarkets were within walking or short driving distance from each person’s home.

For low-income men in the study, living close to lots of fast-food restaurants meant they ate at those restaurants more often — but there was only a weak link for middle-income people, and no clear link for those with the highest incomes.

Though the study did not measure how many times people actually went to fast food restaurants, a past study from the same cities showed that on average, young adults visited fast food restaurants once or twice a week.

In general, having more supermarkets or grocery stores nearby did not influence how well residents followed guidelines on fruit and vegetable intake, nor how healthy their diets were overall.

It may be that there’s a lot of variability in those grocery stores, including what fresh produce they sell and how expensive it is, the researchers wrote, meaning that more such stores might not have enough of an impact.

“There are a lot of reasons that food access is an issue, but it’s still quite unclear as to what the actual effect (of bringing in new supermarkets) would be on people’s eating habits,”

said Daniel Block, who studies food access and behavior at Chicago State University and wasn’t involved in the study.

He suggested thinking “outside the supermarket box,” suggesting community gardens as a non-traditional way of promoting healthy eating and bringing people together.

Gordon-Larsen said more research is needed to see how people make decisions about what to eat and where to buy it, but that broader efforts — such as community education and getting stores to promote more healthy food options — may be needed.

“We’re talking about a top-to-bottom approach that would be important,” she added. Source

  • MoorFedayeen


    This vid deserves a feature Hahz. If you do decide to then erase this comment. Watch at least half of of it if you can’t watch the whole thing

    • presto 2.5

      23:14 – 23:39

  • MoorFedayeen

    And while we’re at it. Why are blacks so analyzed? I never see studies like this on Hispanics or even the whites that come up with these stats? Probably the most important part: When’s the last time you (not me, YOU) saw a good stat on blacks or especially black men? I’ve yet to see one but you may be different. Let me know.

  • Kerfluffle-Bunny

    lack of money and knowledge.

    • Citah

      You can eat healthy and not break your bank if you know what you are doing.

  • DarnJester

    Because cheetos are f@cking awesome.

  • williedynamite

    because nobody wants to smoke kush and then eat carrots…come on.. pass me the Flamin’ Hots! lol

    • presto 2.5


  • WisdomDNA

    This War between Blacks and Whites is only Temporal. The White Man was seeded here on earth about 11,000 B.C While Blacks been on earth 560 MIllion years as an Angelic Race and Guardian of the Heaven planet Earth. the First black race was called the Turaneusiam race with all 12, 24, 36,48 strands of DNA Activated 560 million years ago. The decline of our race throughout the years has been thru electric and nuclear wars because that was the only way the falling legion can defeat Gods is by creating “technologies” to dissemble the DNA of the Gods. Blacks have and always will be far more advance on both a physical and spiritual level and this aggravates the white man today and the white mans creators. The white mans creator that we call today “God” their “Their Father” race was dying because of the wars of the orion and gaia 860k years ago which lead them to have diminishing DNA.. when your DNA diminishes you lose your God Like Powers such as levitation, elemental bending, emmiting electiricity from your body etc….. Their race of “Gods” is a race of intellegent beings called the nibiruian, nordics, necromotons, annunakis, alpha draconions from the star system Orion within this time matrix and universe. There are no women in their race of beings so they use science and genetic engineering to create new life and everything else.. this is why in all religious teachings, you always here about a father and son and not much about a mother. Religion, the food we eat, the stuff we watch on tv, the pills they want us to take, the dis”eases” they create are all assetts into diminishing our DNA and shortening our Life Span and taking us away from our God Powers because in order for them to fullfill their mission to take over our planet and defeat a race of angels their dna must diminsh first. when their planets imploded they needed to migrate and find a habital planet to conquer and they came across earth and implanted their reverse dna technologies which is both physical and phycological. The Story of Adam and Eve was the annunakis first beings created using an experiment from the Reeces and Gibbons Monkeys. and several experiments they finally made homo sapiens and called the first one Adam or Adamski and being they didnt know how to naturally create women they took a rib out of a man, because a rib has high content of dna and the only structure you can take out of a body without a person dying or having abnormalities, and they created their first women eve thru genetic engineering. Today we are purposefully put in chaos cause it distorts our atonement or in others words at-one-ment. they are scared to death who we really are and when Blacks realize that we have magical powers within and learn how to activate then that will be a serius problem for them.. so what they do is take away what you know about yourself in history, teach you that you are worthless, a slave, you should just have faith and let Jesus save you.. no white man will save you.. you must save yourself..Food is one of their powerful weapons because its a degenerative science technology where they mix up a ton of chemicals and change to look of it to make it inviting then you consume it and now your system is messed up.. this is why they put a fast food spot everywhere.. there is a bigger picture on why all of this is happening. hope you guys wake up

    • presto 2.5

      good read