The rising health problems in the United States of America are caused by poor nutrition, people who are sedentary, the lack of healthcare prevention, and many more. As reported on the Tikkun website, “Of the many systems in our world today that need to be reimagined, none is more important for our future than our food system” (1). The lack of our food system is one of the many factors that has led the United States to its uprising dilemmas; one of the many factors are the food deserts across the U.S. Food deserts are geographic areas where access to affordable healthy and nutritious food are limited, or impossible to purchase, by residents in the area. Food deserts are prone to low-income areas that can’t afford transportation, and due to the lack of grocery stores and supermarkets that sells fresh produce and healthy food within convenient distance to resident’s homes, there is a difficulty in obtaining healthy food options which leads to countless health issues. According to the Diabetes Forecast website, “About 18.3 million Americans live in low-income areas and are far from a supermarket” (1).
Food waste is a serious problem. It not only wastes money but also causes some environmental problems, such as pollution and rats. However, many people do not realize the problem now. Considering that food waste is troubling, it is important to initiate a movement to motivate residents to reduce food waste, and the movement can be carried out through reeducatice and facilitative strategies. Food waste is a significant food-related issue in my community as well as many other communities and cities.
CHAPTER I INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background Hunger is still a major concern in health issues. Hunger causes malnutrition, malnutrition and others. Famine kills more people than TB, HIV / AIDS and Malaria. A quarter of children born in developing countries are underweight. Even the number of hungry people in the world exceeds the total population of US and European Union.
Hunger remains a prevalent issue in our society, as Power (2011) stated 1 in 4 Canadians go hungry. If these numbers are accurate closing food banks would be unethical and cruel; it will leave vulnerable individuals with no viable options. Depression, stress, anxiety, and chronic diseases for e.g diabetes are caused by lack of food. Sapolsky (2005). Apart from being an important social determinant of health, food is one of the basic human rights referenced in Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948, it states that “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of themselves and their family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care.” Moreover, “Food Programs
“Twenty-two states now have some version of fresh-food financing and there are countless local and nonprofit programs...” They claim that stores are coming to these “claimed” “food desert.” Whereas, about two percent of that population did not have a car that they could use to go to the grocery store (US
Individuals living in poverty have an amplified chance of becoming ill due to nutritional aspects, deficiency in clean water, overpopulation, absence in education, and lack of access to healthcare. Low-income families are often mainly visible to commercials for foods with low nutritional quality and often times live
First of all, food stability is described as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food,” by the USDA. The USDA also states that 48.1 million people in the United States were food instable. That is 14 percent of the population, and in Alabama the number is 16.8 percent. Also, 19% of these houses had children. Obviously, hunger
Poverty is the principal cause of world hunger due to the people living on those two dollars many are scavenging food. World Hunger and Poverty is a massive issue in today’s society. I want to bring awareness and tell you guys what we can work together or as individuals to help eliminate or minimize poverty and world hunger. First I want to discuss the cause of Poverty. In America, according to Ross Anderson, it 's caused by Poor Economy, Lack of affordable housing, drug use, lack of education and lastly medical expenses.
But the sad answer to this question is that it is extremely serious. In the nation, Washington is firmly in the middle of the pack, ranking as the 25th hungriest state. In 2014, about 600,000 people participated in Washington’s Basic Food Program each month and about 38 percent of those receiving basic food were children. This means that 228000 children are suffering from hunger where the state needs to step in to help them. The poverty plays the biggest factor in causing child hunger.
A major community change in healthy eating would have a major effect on the cost of healthcare, insurance premiums, and life expectancy. One of the hardest challenges is to help individuals that do not want to change or lower income individuals that do not have access to healthier options. “Regionally across the United States, food insecurity has been found to be the greatest at 14.9 percent in the rural West.6 Of Colorado’s 64 counties, 24 are designated as rural, 23 are designated as frontier (fewer than six people per square mile), and 17 are designated as urban” (Colorado Department of Public Health, 2005) From my experiences, these types of individuals that do not want to change have to go through a major health event where they are face with the hard facts. My hope would be to create a plan that helps all demographics have access and education to healthy
Quoting Wal-Mart, Mr. Holt-Gimenez explains, “If you’ve always lived near a grocery store, or fresh market, here’s something you’ve probably never considered: There are neighborhoods across the United States where it is nearly impossible to find fresh produce. These places are called ‘Food Deserts’ and Walmart is committed to removing them from our communities” (525). Access to fresh, high-quality food is a major factor in today’s obesity problem and the reason why lower income individuals suffer from higher obesity. Lower income residents, often with no access to transportation other than the public system, are at the mercy of the food offerings that are within a few blocks from their home. With no grocery stores or fresh markets around, their choices are limited to fast, low-quality take out or pre-packaged foods void of any nutritious value.
Most healthy foods cost much more than the packaged and fast foods. Compounding this problem is the inflated cost of foods sold at small grocery stores in the urban or isolated rural areas that are located far from supermarkets (Franco et al. 2007). The ability of individuals to purchase certain types of food varies greatly depending on many financial factors. These factors are based on whether they are employed or not, if they are employed, their income becomes the main determinant behind their purchasing power and overall ability to buy food.
Hunger in Rural Iowa and Indiana The article the “New Face of Hunger” talks about a family living in rural Iowa that is dealing with food insecurity. I also live in a rural area here in Indiana where people are having to deal with food insecurity as well. I wonder if there are similarities between these two groups of people who are both dealing with food insecurity. So, why do people that are surrounded by food have trouble with food insecurity? Could it be because the state is focusing on how much they are exporting and overlooks the deeper problem of hunger within their state?
Hunger is a serious issue that many are forced to deal with all year long. Unfortunately, it seems like it gets worse during the holiday season. The problem is hunger and one possible solution is local food banks. Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) is a local organization and has helped provide food to prevent some from going hungry. .