Lack of stores linked to early deaths

Jul 18, 2006

A Chicago study says city residents living near fast-food restaurants and few grocery stores are more likely to die prematurely.

The study commissioned by LaSalle Bank also said these residents face greater risks of dying from diabetes, cancer or heart disease, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

The study said the residents of such "food deserts" also are more likely to be obese and suffer from hypertension.

The report said researcher Mari Gallagher found that the more "out of balance" a community is in terms of food choices, the higher the prevalence of chronic health issues and diet-related deaths. She said African-Americans are "most disadvantaged when it comes to balanced food choices."

"I think the good news of this study is that it brings a new call to action for what can be done in these communities," Gallagher said. "We know that across the country, the black population generally has higher diet-related deaths and health disparities."

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Fun and games make for better learners

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Questions as Virgin spaceship crashes, killing pilot

41 minutes ago

Virgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California on Friday, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert—and raising questions about space tourism's future.

Facebook has URL for users running Tor-enabled browsers

41 minutes ago

A reassuring message on Friday from Facebook: "It's important to us at Facebook to provide methods for people to use our site securely." That is why Facebook implemented HTTPS across the service and Perfect ...

Australia confident of Antarctic marine reserve in 2015

1 hour ago

Australia said on Saturday it was confident its plans for a marine reserve to protect biodiversity in East Antarctica would succeed next year, after international talks in Hobart failed to agree on the measure.

Estonian man faces cyber scam charges in US

1 hour ago

An Estonian man accused of being part of a ring that swindled advertisers out of millions of dollars by "hijacking" online traffic was hauled before a US judge.

Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

1 hour ago

Virgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California on Friday, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert—and raising questions about the program's future. ...

Recommended for you

WHO revises Ebola toll

1 hour ago

The World Health Organization Friday revised its figures showing more people killed by the deadly Ebola virus, but the number of cases of the disease was slightly lower.

Freezing eggs to halt the biological clock

1 hour ago

She is 44 and single, but journalist Sarah still dreams of having a child, while TV producer Susanah, 38, is waiting for her younger boyfriend to be ready.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.