Los Desiertos Americanos

Food Deserts and Their Impact Upon Hispanic Health

Abstract

The Hispanic American population is at greater risk for several chronic health conditions when compared to Non-Hispanic Whites, including obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Food deserts, which can be broadly described as areas with lower availability of nutrient-dense food, are particularly prevalent within Hispanic communities and may play a role in the development of these diseases. This essay describes the health disparities present within the Hispanic American population, associates these disparities with the food insecurity found inside food deserts, and finally discusses the particular importance of addressing social determinants of health with this specific patient population.

Keywords: Hispanic health, food deserts, social determinants of health

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Analytical Essays