Nutrition and Obesity in Brooklyn, New York
Only those of you who have lived in Brooklyn, NY can imagine just how charming, inspiring and, at times, frustrating living in NYC’s most populated borough can be. This beautiful and highly diverse neighborhood is home to some of NYC’s newest and priciest housing complexes. It is also home to some of NYC’s poorest families and the nation’s largest food deserts.
In central Brooklyn, primarily the neighborhoods of Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville, 8 in 10 food stores are bodegas which thrive on public food assistance but fail to offer their customers such basic food items as low fat milk, apples, oranges, bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and lettuce.
So, what do these bodegas sell? Mountains of canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken, sodas, chips, candy and every other form of preservative laden junk food known to man. As a result, according to NYC statistics, residents of central Brooklyn are 50% more likely to qualify as obese than the average New Yorker.
What Makes a Great Bodega?
This San Francisco based bodega is a prime example of one of the 2 out of 10 food stores which according to the city of New York sell fruits and vegetables. Despite the fact that this bodega is located in San Francisco, it is a mirror image of the types of bodegas found in New York City. Likewise, both New York and San Francisco consider a bodega to be a fruit and vegetable merchant if it keeps at least one type of fruit (such as bananas) and one type of vegetable (such as onions) in stock.
The owner of this bodega, who obviously is a savvy businessman, realizes that fruits and vegetables are the new “in-thing” and has taken it upon himself to supply his community with these nutritious snacks.
Check out the abundance of fruits and vegetables!!!