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Alarming News From Restaurants Pushing Unhealthy Meals to Public Housing
EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-10 | Dr. Harold Mandell

Posted on 04/10/2014 3:30:44 PM PDT by Armen Hareyan

Findings that unhealthy meals are being pushed by restaurants in public housing developments are disturbing. Clearly, good nutrition is the single most important initial factor for good health in body and mind. The finding that there are not as many healthy meals served in restaurants in public housing developments as elsewhere implies the health and lives of poor people in such instances are being sacrificed for quick profits by such unscrupulous businesses.

Restaurants in public housing development neighborhoods offer less healthy entrées

Researchers decided to compare restaurant marketing by restaurant and neighborhood type, reports the American Journal of Health Behavior. In the public housing development neighborhoods there was lower income and a higher minority population than in comparison neighborhoods. The restaurants in public housing development neighborhoods had less healthy entrées than in comparison neighborhoods. Fast food restaurants were found to offer:

1: Cheaper beverages

2: More children's meals

3: Supersize drinks

4: Free prize with purchase

It was concluded that residents of lower socioeconomic neighborhoods appear to be differentially exposed to unhealthy food options.

The researchers found that restaurants in public housing developments serve less healthy meals and about 75 percent of the entrées are unhealthy, reports Kansas State University. This study found that when it comes to your making healthy food choices at restaurants, the location of the restaurant plays as much of a role in calories as what you eat.

The researchers observed that about 75 percent of entrées served at restaurants located near housing developments contained too many calories and fats and not enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Katie Heinrich, a Kansas State University assistant professor of kinesiology, has said, "There is the thought that people are unhealthy because they make poor choices, and that can certainly be true. But there is a huge influence from the environment that people are in that goes beyond individual responsibility." Heinrich goes on to point out that 75 percent of the time it's going to be way too easy to select an unhealthy entrée from a menu because the majority of a menu is made up of those unhealthy entrées.

Information dealing with body mass index, level of physical activity and nutritional habits, was also collected and analyzed among some neighborhood residents. The data also revealed that most of the residents in the housing developments were primarily African American and had lower income levels.

Aside from discovering that restaurants in housing developments had less options for healthy entrées, the researchers observed:

1: Fast-food restaurants used more "point-of-purchase" advertising, such as in-store advertising which presented options to supersize meal items, toys with purchase, mascots and other tactics which are aimed at younger consumers

2: Table-service restaurants offered more entrées and more healthy entrées than the fast-food restaurants

The quality of food available to public housing is significantly lower

There is significance to the finding that restaurants in housing developments had less options for healthy entrées. As Heinrich has pointed out if you go to a restaurant which has a few healthy choices and a lot of unhealthy choices, the chance of selecting an unhealthy entrée increases dramatically. This study showed that both higher income and low income neighborhoods had equal access to foods, but that the quality of food available to public housing was significantly lower.

One reason for the variance in available quality food between different neighborhoods is that fast food restaurants outnumber table service restaurants in the housing development neighborhoods. This imbalance can clearly influence residents who have financial constraints to spend their limited money on food which is not healthy. This creates a tragic problem due to a literal lack of opportunity for the residents in the poor neighborhoods to make healthy choices when eating.

It has always appeared to me that overall people from poor neighborhoods are not as well nourished as people in more affluent neighborhoods. Junk food joints appear to be located at every corner in the public housing neighborhoods. The owners of these places have a cornered market and are not likely to be pushed by competitive forces to offer healthier food which may not be as profitable to offer for low income families.

This therefore raises a serious public health concern for the people in the poorer neighborhoods. It will take a dramatic shift in attitudes in the fast food industry to realize a stress on healthier low cost food. The entire present situation paints a picture of the thriving economics of poverty in the poorer neighborhoods being a major part of the food industry with human health and lives literally being sacrificed for quick profits.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: food; governmentcontrol; liberalagenda; restaurants; unhealthymeals
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Have you noticed that average restaurant meal is becoming less and less healthy and good meal becoming more and more expensive. Have you noticed that most restaurants don't have table clothes anymore?
1 posted on 04/10/2014 3:30:44 PM PDT by Armen Hareyan
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To: Armen Hareyan

Affordable Mealcare Act?


2 posted on 04/10/2014 3:31:24 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Armen Hareyan

I have a solution: Eliminate public housing, which is plainly unconstitutional.


3 posted on 04/10/2014 3:31:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Armen Hareyan
Have you noticed that average restaurant meal is becoming less and less healthy and good meal becoming more and more expensive.

Nope, and I haven't really cared because I don't go to restaurants.
4 posted on 04/10/2014 3:32:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Geez, they have too much time on their hands.


5 posted on 04/10/2014 3:33:10 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: nickcarraway

6 posted on 04/10/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Armen Hareyan

They’re selling what is in demand...


7 posted on 04/10/2014 3:34:41 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: nickcarraway

With total Healthcare the Government must also control everything else in your life to insure that you don’t use to much of that Healthcare.

Just the right amount of Calories per day, Just the right amount of Exercise Per day, Just the right amount of sleep, just the right amount of ...

Total control of the individual from birth to death, that’s the end goal of Healthcare control.


8 posted on 04/10/2014 3:34:42 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Armen Hareyan

TRADER JOE’S tried to locate in their neighborhoods, and that’s pretty healthy, by comparison.

The Minority Leaders told them their store would GENTRIFY the neighborhood, and that they would attract PEOPLE NOT OF TRADITIONALLY OPPRESSED BACKGROUNDS:

“Honkies will come for dat stuff, so GET LOST...!”

Locate there? They hate you.

Don’t locate there? They hate you.


9 posted on 04/10/2014 3:35:11 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Armen Hareyan
No tablecloths is kid friendly in the restaurant world.

Went to our senior center....Maybe $2 for lunch.....awful, awful, awful....And this is in a very well to do town.

10 posted on 04/10/2014 3:35:13 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Armen Hareyan

Have you ever noticed that “affordable housing” is filled with drunks, druggies, losers, and morons whom you could give a personal chef to and unlimited healthy goods and they would still eat crap?

You can lead a Section 8 Housing troll to a grilled chicken salad, but you can make it eat it.


11 posted on 04/10/2014 3:35:49 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Jewbacca

can = can’t


12 posted on 04/10/2014 3:36:16 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Or possibly fast food locates in poor neighborhood because they’re, A. cheaper, and, B. what the people there want to eat.

Do these people seriously think there’s a hidden demand for a Sweet Tomatoes in the hood? If so, they should open one and make a mint.


13 posted on 04/10/2014 3:36:30 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Armen Hareyan
Quick, open up a Spago near every housing project.
14 posted on 04/10/2014 3:38:11 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

"Yo' @ss betta enjoy this here free Mickey Ds...after this we gonna put ya'll back on the beans, potaters, and cabbage."

15 posted on 04/10/2014 3:38:57 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (GO WISCONSIN BADGERS GO!)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Typical liberal “Businessman as villain” bull$shit. Apparently they think these villainous businessmen are too stupid to figure out, despite their obvious greed (since they have jobs instead of working for the gummint), that people from public housing are craving healthy Obama-wafers, but insist on selling them crap instead, even though they could get a premium (for the neighborhood) by giving people what they want. D’oh! Liberals are such tools.


16 posted on 04/10/2014 3:41:37 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Armen Hareyan

And Freepers wonder why poor people are obese.


17 posted on 04/10/2014 3:46:09 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: Armen Hareyan

How about letting resturants give customers what they want?


18 posted on 04/10/2014 3:46:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Put that on every meal and call it a “unhappy meal”.


19 posted on 04/10/2014 3:46:57 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: TurboZamboni

The source calls it an “angry meal” I believe.


20 posted on 04/10/2014 3:47:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Armen Hareyan

When money is tight my family doesn’t eat at any kind of restaurant. We only eat out if we have a little extra cash in the budget, AND we if choose to spend it in that manner. Food prepared at home can be very inexpensive and very good. Restaurant meals, even “cheap” fast food items, are a luxury. All I can say is poor people have poor ways.


21 posted on 04/10/2014 3:50:11 PM PDT by paint_your_wagon
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To: BenLurkin

No kidding. If people don’t like it they should learn to cook and eat whatever they want.


22 posted on 04/10/2014 3:50:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Armen Hareyan

How about restricting EBT use to legitimate necessities.


23 posted on 04/10/2014 3:51:47 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Here’s a thought: if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.


24 posted on 04/10/2014 3:52:25 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Still Thinking

I thought it was conservatives force feeding them candy that made ‘poor’ folks fat.

And making them buy lottery tickets is done by the Koch brothers.

And making them smoke is that evil Joe Camel.

And making them have kids they can’t afford is because they can’t get free contraception due to the republican
‘war on women’.


25 posted on 04/10/2014 3:52:55 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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26 posted on 04/10/2014 3:53:32 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
I used to buy my Grandson, 5 at the time a kids meal at Mickey D's. He would eat the cheese burger and the reduced French fries and toss the other stuff.

His favorite was a large slice of Pizza and an Iced Tea at Sam's Club.

He, at six, eats more junk food than I would like, loves whole milk, rather than the water his mother gives him, and all of the high fat foods I feed him when I baby sit.

His body build is typical of my family at his age and he is very active.

27 posted on 04/10/2014 3:53:43 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: Armen Hareyan
This has made my personal daily list of  'Stories which, upon reading, peg the indifference meter'
28 posted on 04/10/2014 3:54:23 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: cripplecreek

I think this article was intended to be sarcastic humor and was actually Howie Mandell.


29 posted on 04/10/2014 3:54:55 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Armen Hareyan

Maybe the author can team up with Moochelle and open up an arugula and tofu stand in one of these developments and see how well they do in the “food deserts”.


30 posted on 04/10/2014 3:55:33 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: TurboZamboni

We need to ship Big Mo off to lunch lady land.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_-KbstEG4E


31 posted on 04/10/2014 3:57:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: autumnraine

On the contrary, I don’t wonder at all...I know exactly why they’re fat...they take our tax dollars (EBT) and instead of buying groceries and making meals at home, they go to these establishments.

Poor people can make a decision to use their God given brain to educate themselves instead of watching God knows what on tv while munching on their SNAP/EBT provided crisps and other junk food.

They can choose to get off their FAT a$$es and go walking around the block to burn off calories, moderate their consumption, whatever...

Many, however, as is apparent, elect not too...

Can’t generate much sympathy for willful choices and decisions...

Fast food joints carry all kinds of salads and will, if the demand is there, carry more options.

They sell what the market in that area demands.

I decided to moderate my intake of junk...I do have my vices, but I also choose carefully where I eat and exercise to compensate for my caloric intake.

Choices and decisions is what it all boils down to. RE: the Trader Joe’s fracas...


32 posted on 04/10/2014 3:57:09 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL!


33 posted on 04/10/2014 3:58:55 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: FoxInSocks

this


34 posted on 04/10/2014 3:59:10 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Armen Hareyan

The article compares apples to oranges. It’s comparing relative quality and advertising of fast food joints with sit-down restaurants. You find more of the former and less of the latter in slum neighborhoods because that’s what the market there dictates, one can hardly blame the restaurants for that.

But blame them they shall because it’s what class-warfare leftists do.


35 posted on 04/10/2014 4:06:12 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

THAT’S enough to make anyone go on a diet...RIGHT NOW!


36 posted on 04/10/2014 4:16:32 PM PDT by BwanaNdege
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To: Armen Hareyan
The researchers observed that about 75 percent of entrées served at restaurants located near housing developments contained too many calories and fats and not enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Katie Heinrich, a Kansas State University assistant professor of blah blah blah

The "researchers" should tell us about the other 25% of entrées and stop pushing the deadly food pyramid. Mengele would be so proud of Katie Heinrich.
37 posted on 04/10/2014 4:17:24 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: Armen Hareyan

The poor in public housing are too stupid to chose for themselves so Moochelle to the rescue. Make decision FOR them. And yes... Chances are. If you’re on public housing, you’re not too bright.


38 posted on 04/10/2014 4:18:17 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Armen Hareyan

Linen service costs money, but since the dipstick left wants employers to increase wages and pay for Obamacare, it’s an expense that can be dispensed with.

This article is just nannystate tripe, a solution in search of a problem to justify the paychecks of our overlords and the experts they employ to manage us.


39 posted on 04/10/2014 4:31:13 PM PDT by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is that McDonald’s new Surly Meal?


40 posted on 04/10/2014 4:33:25 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: musicman

I hate Barackoli!


41 posted on 04/10/2014 4:35:09 PM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

(Me too!!)

42 posted on 04/10/2014 4:37:48 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: musicman

People in public housing should be cooking at home...not eating out. I thought they were “poor”?


43 posted on 04/10/2014 4:44:38 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: Armen Hareyan

No doubt about it. We’ve got to get rid of capitalism. Those nasty fast food restaurants want to make a vile profit, taking advantage of poor people by serving what they want, not what they should have. The only answer to this criminal conspiracy of capitalists giving people what they want is to nationalize all food establishments including groceries, quick marts and restaurants. Then wise and caring bureaucrats could decide what people should eat and making sure the poisonous fast food is not available.


44 posted on 04/10/2014 5:07:49 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers; musicman
On the other hand, Brock Lee is pretty awesome!

45 posted on 04/10/2014 6:31:43 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

46 posted on 04/10/2014 6:55:17 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Findings that unhealthy meals are being pushed by restaurants in public housing developments are disturbing.

News flash! Restaurants in public housing sell the kinds of food and alleged food demanded by the people living in public housing, and are therefore responsible for what they choose to eat!

If there’s no difference between the food sold in convenience stores and gas stations and these restaurants, guess what, that’s not a coincidence, nor is it a conspiracy.

Keep your laws off my diet, a-holes!


47 posted on 04/11/2014 6:59:53 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: autumnraine

Poor is a state of mind, it isn’t about what is or isn’t in your wallet.


48 posted on 04/11/2014 7:01:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SharpRightTurn

Many thanks everyone for these grate comments.


49 posted on 04/16/2014 8:39:14 AM PDT by Armen Hareyan (drug shortages, healthcare)
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To: Armen Hareyan

The only solution is to have the government take control of all of the restaurants.


50 posted on 04/16/2014 8:42:13 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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