Lack of Access to Nutrition in Low SES and Minority Groups

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Lack of Access to Nutrition in Low SES and Minority Groups
by Valerie Godoshian, Tania Lau, Soo-Yong Lee, Paola Mendez, Olivia Patercsak, and Kendall Torp

Abstract:

With obesity and nutritional deficiencies being major causes for disease around the world, access to nutrition is a growing issue. Based on previous research done by Elizabeth Eisenhaur and Mariane Fahlman, we hypothesized that race and socioeconomic status (SES) could lead to issues concerning the access to nutritional foods. For this study, our group took a trip to Whole Foods Market, a grocery store typically found in higher income areas, and to Kroger, a grocery store readily available in lower income areas, in order to compare the prices per ounce and the variety of brands available in each grocery store. Specifically, we looked at prices and varieties of yogurt, peanut butter, and spaghetti. Although it was found that prices were generally higher at Whole Foods Market and that there were more organic and natural brands present at this grocery store, it was still possible to find healthy options at Kroger. In conclusion, we found that despite the discrepancy between Whole Foods Market and Kroger, there are still nutritionally available products that consumers can afford at both grocery stores. This paper investigates whether low SES and minority groups have lack of access to nutrition.

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