The USDA considers several indicators of access such as, accessibility to sources of healthy food, individual-level resources that may affect accessibility, and neighborhood-level indicators of resources. The definition explains that food deserts can be areas where grocery stores do not exist within several miles or even that food deserts can be areas where most of a grocery store’s products are processed foods with little to no nutritional value. Many food deserts are defined by the low-income communities which is most Native American communities where the unemployment rate was 11.3% in 2014 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS 45). It can be difficult for most families to afford food on a consistent basis. The Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota serves as a prime example where reports show that nearly 40% of families experience food insecurity (Bauer).
Within the data for the women who belong to the Medina Early Childhood Parent Teacher Association (MECPTA), women of child-bearing age, and the residents of Medina County, there is an overall obesity rate among the women. More than 80% of adults do not meet the guidelines for aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Only 10% of the activities within the MECPTA are active and physical. Physical activity decreases by an average of 1.4 hours per week after women have children. Within Medina County, there are 17 parks, but they are rarely used by the MECPTA.
In the economically unpredictable country, the United States of America, there is obvious signs of corporate exploitation of the middle and lower classes in terms of economic status. However, the last thing you would think of are these huge food corporations scheming a class-based geographical empire of fast food chains with a scarcity of supermarkets. Food deserts are urban and rural areas, mainly of the lower class, that have virtually no access to healthy food options. Leading to more obesity and other dietary related diseases, such as diabetes. There are about 23 million people that live in food deserts, and out of that 23 million, “[more] than half of those people (13.5 million) are low- income” (Agricultural Marketing).
In Anna Quindlen’s essay, School’s Out for Summer, she discusses what a huge problem child hunger has become and how it affects thousands of families across the nation. Anna’s essay informed the reader of how the problem still exists, and how people are taking steps to prevent and end child hunger. Anna provides the reader with evidence from food banks and summer programs that hunger is still a major problem in the United States. “During the rest of the year fifteen million students get free or cut-rate lunches at school, and many of them get breakfast too.” Ultimately, this shows that many families across the nation cannot afford to feed their children adequate meals three times a day. During the summer months, Anna states that “only three
Food can be bought and wasted because of the ample amounts bought. Although, one may not give to the poor people of the world, food can be gone to compost, or can be used to make new food. Many belittle the fact that food waste is harmful to society. The first article, “U.S. throws away half of all food produce” By Suzanne Goldenberg explains how Fresh produce is often wasted in fields,warehouses,supermarkets,restaurants,and refrigerators.
Since 1990, the world has reduced the number of people who live in extreme poverty by over half. But that still leaves 767 million people living on the edge of survival with less than $1.90 a day.2 One dollar and ninety cents a day, that is way less than what minimum wage is in the U.S., per hour. So many people go with that $1.90 a day, that couldn’t buy you a nourishing meal. Many countries have this problem, which is horrible. I learned that many people think that the appearance is all that country
Thanks to big companies like amazon, you can order items from all across the world and pay very little extra and still receive them in usually under a week. According to “How fast could you travel across the U.S. in the 1800s?” traveling just a few states could take up to six weeks while traveling around the world took several months. The cost of traveling was much more expensive after calculating inflation and you could not buy supplies
Hunger is one of the biggest problems the world faces today, in fact, last night, 870 million people went to sleep hungry (World Food Programme, 2015). That’s a number that is larger than the populations of the U.S and Europe combined. According to the World Food Programme 's statistics for the year 2016, in the time it took me to write this sentence, 14 people have died due to starvation. According to the statistics calculated by the WFP, nearly half of the 21 thousand people that die everyday across the globe from hunger and hunger-related causes, are children. The top 10 countries that suffer from hunger are Burundi, Eritrea, Comoros, Timor Leste, Sudan, Chad, Yemen Republic, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Zambia, respectively (guy-allen, 2014).
If we didn’t have fast food in the present days, we would be vegetarians or we would all have extreme thin bodies because we didn’t eat food that contains a big amount of carbohydrates. Fast food was made for a purpose and it’s for people who work in offices and are in a hurry to their job during their break. So they grab a meal and make their way quick back to their seats. There have been debates and scientific researches over whether fast food is the main cause of obesity and that it should be blamed for its cause. Mostly people agree with the part of it being the biggest problem for our health and some disagree.
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.