Yesterday, my fellow blogger, Joe Paduda, posted the following article about health care in the US and why whites are more healthier than people of color and native Americans.
It is a good quick read, and has some excellent graphics to go along with it. However, there are several factors missing in Joe’s analysis of the problem; yet, he is not wrong.
One of the factors missing is that in neighborhoods that have a large percentage of people of color, they are living in what has been termed, “food deserts”, whereby the choices they have in food are lacking because there are no good outlets for healthier choices. Supermarkets that would carry fresh fruit and vegetables, and other healthy options are replaced by local bodegas that carry sugary drinks and fattening snacks and other items.
Second, healthy choices often are more expensive than foods that are less healthy, and therefore, are not readily available to the residents of those areas. Whole Foods are nowhere to be found.
Third, there is a lack of education among people of color about what is healthy and unhealthy. And the food and beverage industry has used slick advertising campaigns to make fast food enticing.
But there have been some attempts to correct this problem. Former First Lady Michelle Obama, besides initiating her “Let’s Move” program, was very involved in getting school kids to grow their own food, and she even appeared on an episode of “Restaurant Impossible” with chef Robert Irvine and a local Virginia farmer to grow vegetables at a local school in the DC area. Upon moving into the White House, the current occupant even tore up her garden that was providing vegetables to the White House kitchen.
So, the issue of healthier food and minority communities is one that needs to be addressed constantly; otherwise, the food and beverage industry, as I learned when I wrote this paper for my MHA degree program, will continue to be in bed with the FDA and USDA, to the detriment of the health of people of color and native Americans.
Here is Joe’s article:
Two quick facts about healthcare in the US. One – we white people are a lot healthier than people of color and native Americans. This is particularly true for African Americans. Two, that’s because minorities have less access to healthcare. … Continue reading Who’s healthier and why.