Studies examine link between obesity and lack of access to healthy foods

On its front page, the New York Times reports on two new studies that look at childhood obesity in urban areas and the access to healthy food. The results were unexpected.

The studies found that poor urban 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 the surprise was “there is no relationship between the type of food being sold in a neighborhood and obesity among its children and adolescents.”

According to the Times, “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.”

One study was published in the journal Social Science and Medicine, and the other study was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

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