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“Food Deserts” not the Obesity Culprit
Center for Consumer Freedom ^ | March 9, 2012

Posted on 03/09/2012 8:07:01 PM PST by caldera599

Among the food-related bogeymen that activists blame for America’s bulging waistlines is the so-called “food desert,” an urban or rural area that has a shortage of supermarkets. At first blush, it might seem like living in one of these “deserts” would to reduce a person’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. However, there’s little evidence that these conditions are actually preventing people from finding nutritious foods if they want them. Regardless, activists ask for “supermarket subsidies” and restaurant zoning prohibitions. But there’s now more evidence that “food deserts” aren’t causing America’s kids to get fat.

Researchers from the RAND Corporation investigated whether the closeness of various types of food sellers to schools and homes of California children was associated with purchases of various foods. Sure enough, the researchers found no robust correlations. The research team speculated that the absence of a relationship might have something to do with how even the food-desert dweller gets around. As Roland Sturm, an economist who co-authored the study, told The Washington Post:

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: fooddeserts; foodpolice; liberallunacy; obesity

1 posted on 03/09/2012 8:07:04 PM PST by caldera599
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To: caldera599
From personal experience as a kid if it came down to eating a carrot or having some candy guess what I'd go for the candy. surprise surprise!
2 posted on 03/09/2012 8:11:39 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: caldera599

Too much food is causing them to get fat. And they’re not just fat. Their feet and hands are enormous. I think it’s hormones in the milk.


3 posted on 03/09/2012 8:12:38 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: caldera599

why do banks and supermarkets avoid remaining in biz in hip-hop hoods...?

We ALL know the reason.


4 posted on 03/09/2012 8:13:30 PM PST by gaijin
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To: caldera599

I look around my neighborhood and it is empty. When my kids were young there were children everywhere. I live across the street from the park, most children only go there with their parents. The world is a different place when children have to wait to play outside until their parents have time to take them there. Why are they not all over their yards running and playing their hearts out? That’s a bigger problem than eating. Heck, an Amish family eats all wrong, yet are thin. They physically work hard, we don’t anymore.
There is far more to this than eating.


5 posted on 03/09/2012 8:17:00 PM PST by tioga
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To: caldera599

yawn - some day the nursing homes will be filled with liberals who did without good tasting food so they could sit in some nursing home hallway in their little wheel chairs - wishing they had taken those extra pieces of pizza....


6 posted on 03/09/2012 8:19:07 PM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: tioga
There is far more to this than eating.

You're right on this... but liberals have to have some 'moral' thing to make them feel superior - and since they've given up on virtue, honesty, the soul, religion, morals - what do they have left? Food. That's why they talk about it all the time. They are sooooooo boring.

7 posted on 03/09/2012 8:22:06 PM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: gaijin

Super-liberal places where they can’t legally defend themselves. Are they stupid or sumfin, NO.


8 posted on 03/09/2012 8:26:49 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: caldera599
>>The research team speculated that the absence of a relationship might have something to do with how even the food-desert dweller gets around.<<

Well that was solved in my desert. There is a vehicle to transport folks for free to and from the grocery.

I guess those who need it know the times for the pickup bus.

9 posted on 03/09/2012 8:27:50 PM PST by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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To: GOPJ

And if they are in nursing homes run by a bankrupt government, they won’t have to worry about eating too much. That will be a real ‘food desert.”


10 posted on 03/09/2012 8:28:52 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: GOPJ

Speaking of liberals and children’s safety. The reason the kids can’t play outside all day on their own is that the pervs are out there, even in the smallest of towns.....the same pervs the left defend. But, that is another debate for another day.


11 posted on 03/09/2012 8:29:35 PM PST by tioga
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To: caldera599

With liberals, no matter what the issue, it is never the responsiblity of the individual.

It is always someone else or society or some unexplained cosmic force that causes problems.

And there is only one form of matter in the entire universe that can correct all the ills that plague liberals so much - and that is TAXPAYERS MONEY!


12 posted on 03/09/2012 8:34:10 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: caldera599

I consider MSG (google MSG-rats and obesity) and high fructose corn syrup to be major contributors to obesity. I ate plenty of fast food as a kid and drank Coke made with sugar, as did all my friends. None of us were fat. My 16 year old daughter is a couch potato geek. She can eat pretty much anything she wants including a fair amount of candy, but I keep MSG and HFC out of the house as much as possible. She’s skinny as a rail. Every once in a while she gets a fast food burger or pizza so she doesn’t feel deprived, otherwise, it’s real food. I don’t think my diet as a kid had near as much MSG as today’s diet. Couple MSG with HFC and (IMHO) it’s a fast track to obesity. (I’ve actually had nutrition classes as an RN and have followed diet theories over the years.)


13 posted on 03/09/2012 8:38:17 PM PST by pops88 (Geek chick over 50)
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To: caldera599

If they’d get off their asses and get a job, their diet would take care of itself. You can’t sit on the sofa all day watching TV, texting on the cell phone or playing video games and expect to be thin.


14 posted on 03/09/2012 8:40:04 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's time for Americans to WEAN the government off of OUR money!!!)
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To: txrefugee

Good point! If the 11 months of ‘extra life’ could be added on in the 20’s - and a person could be 29 for two years - it’d be great. But to get those extra 11 months at 85 or 90? And to get them by eating cardboard? Yuck.


15 posted on 03/09/2012 8:45:18 PM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: caldera599

So let me see if I got this. Obesity is caused by lack of readily available food...</liberal logic>


16 posted on 03/09/2012 9:12:52 PM PST by null and void (Day 1144 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: null and void

“Food deserts” are closely correlated with “hardware store deserts” and “liquor store floods.” Demand drives the market. People want merchants who sell $500 tennis shoes or open nail salons. If the demand was not there the businesses would go belly up. If the people in the “deserts” wanted healthy food and were willing to pay for it some enterprising Asian would be there to provide it.


17 posted on 03/09/2012 9:31:50 PM PST by Vehmgericht
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To: Vehmgericht

Well, I’ve often heard that you can tell a lot about a neighborhood by the types of businesses there.

Yes there are people in the ghetto, and of course they need to eat. But chain supermarkets avoid the ghetto areas for reasons we can’t mention, due to political correctness. But, these retailers have their business reasons to avoid certain areas, even though there is population to support their business.

So the ghetto ends up with far too many liquor stores per capita, and too few supermarkets.

Some of those ghetto liquor stores are nasty. Was in one once on the South Side of Chicago. The dude sits behind bullet proof glass, and slides your booze to you through a trap door.


18 posted on 03/09/2012 9:43:31 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: caldera599
Well...if they live too far from a Supermarket they should grow their own veggies....

When laid off a while back I came home and announced..."dig up the lawn and plat potatos and fafa beens....I just got laid off."

19 posted on 03/09/2012 10:32:55 PM PST by spokeshave (Dole/McCain/Romney losers all....NEWT is da Man)
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To: caldera599

Not “deserts”...desserts! ;-)


20 posted on 03/09/2012 10:37:02 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

In the old timey days when a frontier town was being built, the first buildings to go up were saloons and churches. As the “bad areas” of a city go down the tubes, the last things LEFT are bars, liquor stores and churches. That and nail salons. But the cowboys of the 1880s weren’t too big on hair extensions and weaves.


21 posted on 03/09/2012 11:39:46 PM PST by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: spokeshave

With all their food stamp money, if you don’t spend it down by the end of the month, that becomes a problem. They need places convenient to where they live to shop, so they can get food with their food stamps. How racist of you!


22 posted on 03/10/2012 2:38:29 AM PST by Daffynition (On Andrew Breitbart: In his honor, I'll fight harder...He'll be back and he'll be millions.)
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To: tioga
The reason the kids can’t play outside all day on their own is that the pervs are out there

Perverts have of course always existed. If you have any evidence the rate of child molestation or abduction has increased, I'd love to see it.

I'm well aware the public perception of this problem has increased, but I've never seen any evidence that the danger of it has.

23 posted on 03/10/2012 2:43:31 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Most animals go to an area that they don’t frequent to poop. These animals poop anywhere they please and are too lazy to pick it up. They just live among the poop piles.

When all who have morals and a sense of community responsibility realize that the animals have taken over and “trashed” the culture, safety, and self-security of the neighborhood, they move out to some place that is “domesticated” and safer.

They make their bed and lay in it to sleep. No pity on them what-so-ever.


24 posted on 03/10/2012 4:39:18 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: Sherman Logan

Public perception causes parents to become more restrictive. Gone are the days when a mother put her children outside and told them to go play until lunch. My neighborhood had most mothers home raising their children and looking out for one another. Now they need play dates and times are arranged for those. Yes, there were instances of child abduction back then, but they pale in comparison to the horror stories we have now. Just take a look around, life is not the same as the 50s, 60s, or the 70s. Times have changed, children’s play habits have changed as well.


25 posted on 03/10/2012 6:03:37 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga

There is a common perception that children are at greater risk than 25 or 50 years ago.

What I have never seen is any evidence that this is actually true, that the rate of child molestation or abduction has actually increased, as opposed to the media coverage of it.

With quite rare exceptions, in the past abduction was local or possibly state news. Today each is reported nationwide, leading to the perception it happens more often. That perception may or may not be accurate.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 6:43:46 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

While I place the blame for children having no freedom to just play outside on pervs, there are other reasons. Mothers are now working outside the home leaving entire neighborhoods empty. When I was a child there were women home in nearly every house. Today? Not. Families are smaller, less children and those that are there are in day care somewhere. The rare mother home with her children has no playmates for them, thus no gangs of children playing in a neighborhood game of baseball. Very sad state of affairs, children have no idea what they are missing. Exercise being the least of those things. The loss of freedom is something they do not even know to miss.

This would make a great study and book.


27 posted on 03/10/2012 6:53:35 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga

I quite agree. You just never see these groups of kids roaming around anymore. Very sad.


28 posted on 03/10/2012 6:56:08 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: tioga
Gangs running the hallways in schools dominated by Union teachers who don't ‘interfere’ when kids are being beat up doesn't help with the "wanting to get to know other kids” stuff either...
29 posted on 03/10/2012 7:03:57 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: caldera599

The idea of “food deserts,” like all leftist ideas and propositions, never stands up to scrutiny. My wife and I live five miles from the nearest grocery store. I guess there’s just no way we can get food. (smirk)


30 posted on 03/10/2012 7:09:46 AM PST by driftless2
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To: GOPJ

Believe me, a well placed phone call to the mom of a kid misbehaving in my neighborhood got results. I recall playing bike tag and one of us ran over the flowers of an elderly woman, the one she recognized was me, MY mom got the call. I was in HUGE trouble. I was not the one who trashed her flowers, but the others were too quick to be spotted. There were no fights that a half dozen mothers did not personally respond to. We owned homes there and our parents enforced a standard of rules that we had to abide. We did.

Teachers are impersonal beings and phone calls to a harried mother/father at work too busy to be home does not always go as far.


31 posted on 03/10/2012 7:19:42 AM PST by tioga
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To: tioga
You lived in a community that taught the values of character - and the downside of running "over the flowers of an elderly woman". That's what's missing today.

In our world we teach kids the 'values' of eating in the style of what liberals define as 'fashionable' (for that year) - and 'saving the world' by jumping up and down in place - oops, I meant by 'protesting' with little signs"....

We're earning the horror.

32 posted on 03/10/2012 7:44:16 AM PST by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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