09 Mar '12, 12pm

food

food

Last week I wrote a post debunking the myth that the presence of Walmart and big box stores like it makes communities healthier . As I observed, this is a problem since working with such large corporations is key to the Obama administration’s plan to address the obesity epidemic. And now a new study has come along that makes the whole concept of using supermarkets of any size to combat food deserts and improve the diets of low-income Americans appear doomed to fail. Published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine , and performed by RAND researchers, the study looked at self-reported and parent-reported eating habits and body mass index (BMI) among kids in California and then compared it to the proximity of supermarkets, fast food restaurants and convenience stores. Distressingly, it found “no robust relationship between food environment and consumption.” This actu...

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