Are dollar stores contributing to obesity rates and could banning the discount retailers lead to healthier eating and fewer people gaining weight? The Doctors discuss how at times these stores are causing food deserts in already hard-hit neighborhoods.
According to one study, half of all the adults will be obese by 2030 and to combat this issue, some cities are banning dollar stores. The Doctors explain critics of the stores claim they cause other markets with healthier food options to close and the people in that area end up eating processed and unhealthy foods. The panel notes in some food desert areas, someone might have to drive up to 30 minutes to find a store with healthy food options.
The panel feels mixed about the idea of cities legislating against certain types of stores, but they do applaud the big box stores and some discount stores for making changes to what they sell and having more options when it comes to fresh produce and vegetables, along with affordable organic food.
Instead of banning stores, The Doctors encourage viewers to opt for healthier food choices while shopping, along with applauding how some communities are using communal gardens in order to get fresh fruits and vegetables in the hands and mouths of local residents.
"The best produce store and provider is the ground," Dr. Travis Stork says, explaining that even people with smaller homes can grow produce in planter boxes in their windows.
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