Spend more time in your kitchen.

Posted on January 8, 2011


Slate Labs recently posted this interactive map detailing what are called “food deserts” (that’s one S, not two, fatty) – areas where people report both not having a vehicle and the nearest grocery store >1 mile away.  The implication is that people in food deserts eat a majority of processed/prepared food from restaurants and convenience stores.

Looking at the distribution, I noticed a curious overlap with what is called (perhaps only in medicine) the “Stroke Belt” (or “Stroke Alley”), pictured here:


You clever folks should know that it doesn’t stop there – obesity:



And combined:

Counties in top 2 quintiles for obesity & diabetes

Now, the reason I’m posting this is not to lament about community access to healthy foods or comment on social issues – it’s simply to draw a correlation (and correlation does not imply causation).  We always hear about low-quality, processed or prepared foods and their impact on our health – however, some of us are visual learners, and this may get you thinking.

So, for those of us who can do something about it – start making better choices today, and be thankful that you have the option to do so.