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Jan 03 2018

Forget Food Deserts; Now Liberals Fret About Food Swamps

The term food desert refers to the alleged absence of stores that sell fresh produce and other dietetically correct foods in ghettoes where no one wants to eat that stuff. Pointy-headed liberal elitists are starting to figure out that food deserts are not the cause of rampant obesity in “diverse” (i.e., nonwhite) communities. Now they blame food swamps:

In addition to being low on grocery stores, food swamps are also crammed with unhealthy food options like corner stores and fast-food places.

For a study published in November in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, researchers from the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity compared the obesity rate of U.S. counties to their ratio of fast-food restaurants and convenience stores to grocery stores and supermarkets—their level of food-swampiness, in other words.

Unsurprisingly, a correlation was found between food swamps and obesity.

Similarly, a 2011 longitudinal study found that nearby supermarkets didn’t improve people’s diets much overall. But people—low-income men in particular—did eat more fast food when there was more fast food nearby.

The study finding that people who live where it has been found to be profitable to place fast food restaurants eat more fast food than people who don’t was funded by a long list of NIH grants. That is, it was funded on a coercive basis by you.

Fast-food restaurants are more prevalent in areas where large numbers of people of color live. African Americans and Latinos also have higher obesity rates than whites, and this research suggests the two trends might be related.

Whites tend to be more responsible, so they eat more responsibly. But drawing that conclusion would be racist. It would be politically safer to conclude that fast food chains deliberately place their restaurants in Neighborhoods of Color not because there is more demand there, but because corporations are controlled by nefarious racists who conspire to inflict gastronomic oppression.

Thankfully, Big Government can come to the rescue with still more regulations. But wait… astonishingly, that doesn’t work:

Los Angeles banned new fast-food restaurants in a low-income part of the city in 2008, but the measure was considered a failure after obesity rates there continued to rise.

The proposed solution is that Big Government should use zoning restrictions to dictate what people eat, but “should do so carefully.”

Too bad the NIH isn’t likely to offer lavish grants to discover the correlation between food stamp usage and obesity. That would present an obvious solution.

On a tip from Jester.

  • Silence Dogood

    low-income men in particular—did eat more fast food when there was more fast food nearby.

    Well DUH! Hence the name, “FAST Food”! It’s fast and many men, low income are lazy and don’t want to cook.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    I have to give the liberals credit; they create new names and subjects for concern faster than cockroaches can breed. “Food swamp” is another fine example of a problem that I didn’t know existed.

    Just wondering….how much would the people of Venezuela complain if a food swamp moved into their neighborhood? The biggest problem of the liberal’s beloved socialism is starvation. The biggest problem of the liberal’s hated “capitalism” is an over-abundance of food.

    I wonder if there is a connection?

  • Anonymous White Male

    I thought recognizing obesity as a problem was fat shaming? Isn’t the ability to be fat and not be “judged” for it a protected liberal religious issue? Like being transgender or being a self-righteous prick.

  • FromNJ

    And as the liberal machine creates new terms (food swamps) the liberals with the ridiculous degrees will now form a whole new squad of academics to study them.
    Its the circle of liberal life!

  • “Food Swamp.” Pretty snazzy name for a restaurant if you ask me!

  • Occam’s Stubble

    Remember when the liberals were freaking out about overpopulation? Ever notice how now that birth rates are declining almost everywhere, the liberals are freaking out about a shrinking, aging population?

    It’s almost as if they have a vested interest in hyping “emergencies” that must be addressed by increased taxation and government power.

  • Occam’s Stubble

    Especially a Cajun restaurant where you can get gator and crawdads.

  • Mr. Freemarket

    And those academics will be supported by tax dollars coerced from those who choose to work for a living.

  • Eddie_Valiant


  • JeffersonSpinningInGrave

    Yep, this. Talk to most anyone in the poorest nations, and most places throughout history, and tell them that in your society a major problem is that poor people are too fat. See how they look at you after that.

  • MAS

    Waffles with chicken followed by some sweet potato pie and all washed down with sweet tea. That’s how I picture a food swamp, in other words comfort foods…

  • MAS

    1st world problems is, I believe the word for that. Y’all know 1st world thanks to Christian European whites…

  • Mr. Freemarket

    Christian European whites who had enough sense to leave the repressive societies that they lived in and searched for a land with freedom and opportunity.

  • ICEvictim

    this penchant for blaming a third party for bad behavior is a direct result of the Participation Trophy Generation and the Boomers. In their world no one is responsible for bad outcomes from stupid behavior. It MUST be someone else’s fault. It is the behavior pattern of three-year-olds.

    It comes down to, “I wanna do that! *foot stomp*”, and when it inevitably goes bad, “It’s not MY fault!! *foot stomp*”. Infantile self important jerks.

  • Frank
  • Frank

    Right on!

  • Frank

    It’s never about the issues. It’s always about the revolution.

  • Frank
  • Frank

    Mental masturbation PAYS!

  • Henry

    And to think, the progs had a solution all along as they sought out the problem…

  • seaoh

    Funny how A desert when Leftist Obummer was in Office became a thriving
    “swamp” one year after Trump became President.

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