Food Availability

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Imagine yourself walking through your city looking for a place to eat, and every corner you turn, all you see are fast food restaurants. This experience would be similar to another person who lives in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit’s per capita income of $14,213 classifies them as a low socio-economic city (Detroitmi.gov). Now, imagine yourself walking through your city and instead of seeing only fast food, you see options. Fast food is an option, but so are grocery stores and farmers markets. This experience would compare to someone who lives in Belle Meade, Tennessee. Belle Meade had the third highest per capita income in the United States at $104,908 (citybellemeade.org). This amount classifies them as a high socio-economic city. The food availability, specifically the number of fast food restaurants compared to grocery stores and farmer’s markets, in a town varies depending on its socio-economic status. The higher the status, the more variety a consumer will have when it comes to what food is available. The lower the statuses, the less variety because of lower food availability. According to Steve Cummins and Sally Macintyre from the International Journal of Epidemiology, “fast-food outlets are more prevalent in poorer areas”(Cummins and Macintyre 80). Comparing the amount of fast food restaurants available from the heart of each of the two cities, Detroit and Belle Meade, this concept is definitely accurate. In Detroit, there are more fast food restaurants than in Belle Meade. Within three miles in Detroit, one can find five Burger Kings while in Belle Meade there are none (BurgerKing.com). Within five miles in Detroit there are eleven McDonalds (McDonalds.com) and eight Wendy’s (Wendys.com). In Belle Meade, there are only six McDonalds (McDonalds.com) and four Wendy’s (Wendys.com). Within ten miles there are twenty-three KFCs (kfc.com) and thirteen…...

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