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Eliminating food deserts won't help poorer Americans eat healthier


December 1, 2019

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Hunt Allcott, New York University; Jean-Pierre Dubé, University of Chicago, and Molly Schnell, Northwestern University

(THE CONVERSATION) In the U.S., rich people tend to eat a lot healthier than poor people.

Because poor diets cause obesity, Type II diabetes and other diseases, this nutritional inequality contributes to unequal health outcomes. The richest Americans can expect to live 10-15 years longer than the poorest.

Many think that a key cause of nutritional inequality i...

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