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People Living In "Food Deserts" Die Early - Diabetes Heart Disease and Cancer Linked To Lack of Grocery Stores - Black Neighborhoods Risk

July 18th 2006

People Living In "Food Deserts" Die Early - Diabetes Heart Disease and Cancer Linked To Lack of Grocery Stores - Black Neighborhoods Risk

Food Deserts Kill

Interestingly people who live in areas were there are fewer grocery stores are at a greater risk of becoming obese and early death.  Chicago researchers say that residents who live in so called “food deserts” are more likely to suffer from hypertension, die from diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

A UPI news report says researchers believe that the lack of stores is likely to cause early death.  The study, funded by LaSalle Bank, investigated what researchers call “health disparities”.  Mari Gallagher said "We know that across the country, the black population generally has higher diet-related deaths and health disparities."  Gallagher is one of the researchers. 


Gallagher said the more "out of balance" a community is in terms of food choices, the higher the prevalence of chronic health issues and diet-related deaths.  She added that African Americans are "most disadvantaged when it comes to balanced food choices."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that people in Chicago are dying prematurely in neighborhoods where there is a lack of grocery stores.  They say that people who live in areas with a lot of fast food outlets, but very few grocery stores, are more likely to die at greater rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes.


The study is the latest in a series of studies looking at the way Chicago residents get their food.  "I think the good news of this study is that it brings a new call to action for what can be done in these communities," Gallagher said.

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