'Food Deserts' Can Shorten Life Expectancy

Living in a “food desert” – such as a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side – can have a negative impact on one’s health, according to a 2006 study of five local areas with no full-service grocery stores. As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, adding a supermarket to a neighborhood could, collectively, mean a gain of up to 15 years of life for those suffering from diabetes; 13 years for those with liver disease; 58 years for people with diet-related cancers; and 112 years for people with cardiovascular disease. Watch the update courtesy of Chicago’s PBS…

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