Did you know the United States is sprawling with areas that the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls "food deserts"? There are low-income regions scattered across the country without "ready access" to grocery stores.
Instead, these folks may be relying on fast food restaurants, that now outnumber the amount of grocery stores 5 to 1, for most of their meals! A study from the University of North Carolina believes this may be one of the biggest problems contributing to America's bloated obesity rate!
Researchers call these areas populated with an excess of fast food and a lack of fresh supermarkets "food swamps".
The same study that recognizes these swamps of fast food adds that simply building more grocery stores closer to low-income housing won't solve the obesity problem either. Study author Barry Popkin said:
“It’s simplistic thinking that if you put fruits and vegetables there, they’ll buy it. You have to encourage it, you need advertising, you need support.”
We also may need some fast food rehab to encourage America to ditch the widely popular high-calorie, salty diet.
Studies have found that gobbling down too much fast food can mimic the effects of drug addiction. Eating too much of it can actually prevent the brain from triggering the release of dopamine, a chemical responsible for pleasure, so fast food addicts need more and more to feel the chemical's effect!
That's kind of scary!
Don't become an addict by letting fast food corporations decide your diet for you. If you live in a "food desert" we suggest making the trip to the nearest supermarket to stock up on healthier food to avoid becoming a sad statistic!
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