Nutrition

Food Disparities—The Major Contributor to Health Inequities in Southeast Michigan

Food Disparities—The Major Contributor to Health Inequities in Southeast Michigan

Today's post is authored by MedEq's Nutrition Contributor, Rosie Reilly. She is pursuing a major in nutrition here at Wayne State and has an extensive background in food disparities.  

Health problems in America’s low-income communities are, in general, substantially more severe than they are in the rest of the nation. Food disparities leading to poor nutrition in these areas are seen as a major contributor to this outcome. Diet-related health problems in both Detroit and Metro Detroit are worse in areas of food imbalance, even after accounting for differences in income, education, and race. (2) Fast food and fringe food outlets are found on almost every street corner of Detroit, and unfortunately quality grocery stores, where fresh and healthy foods can be purchased, almost cease to exist.