Are Food Deserts A Mirage?

February 8th, 2014 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

A study in California shows no relationship between food outlets and Body Mass Index BMI) but did find an association between supermarkets and BMI beyond a walking distance of 1 mile or greater. Researchers conclude that shopping patterns are weakly related, if at all, to neighborhoods because of car transportation. Another study of the Pennsylvania Fresh Foods Financing Initiative. Researchers found in this pilot study in one Philadelphia community that improved access to grocery stores improved residents’ perceptions of food accessibility. However, improved access does not lead to changes in consumption of fruits and vegetables not improvements in Body Mass Index (BMI).