Root Causes of Obesity

Healthy Eating
Health Equity Minute

March 10, 2024

Weight can be a difficult topic to address, because no two bodies are alike, and there are many ways to be healthy. But we all agree that children and their families should have access to the nutritious food they need to thrive. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, people affected by weight increases may experience effects from a combination of factors related to society, environment, and genetics. These factors are beyond a child or their family’s ability to control, and societal and environmental influences are often based on race, class, and zip code. It is important to recognize that health concerns about weight and wellness do not affect all groups of people equally.

In the United States, some neighborhoods have many places to get nutritious food, while others have no place to buy fresh, affordable produce. These neighborhoods are sometimes called “food deserts.” Most food deserts are located in low-income areas. People living in these areas often have to rely on fast or heavily processed foods that are high in calories but low in nutrients. (Source: Feed the Children)

Everyone should have access to the food they need to achieve their best health. The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) collaborates with community partners to make changes that result in nutritious foods being more available and affordable. Learn more by checking out MN Eats on the SHIP Storyboard

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