Tatiana Branch: Does a zip code determine more than a genetic code?

UntitledWhat would you think if someone told you that living in poverty contributes to a person’s health, income, and inequality?

The short documentary, “The Weight of the Nation: Poverty and Obesity,” explained that a person’s zip code could tell a lot about their age, health issues, income, the city’s population and household type.

According to the Food Research Action Center, people who live in areas of poverty are more likely to become obese because of their lack of access to healthier and affordable foods. Some areas of poverty do not have a supermarket that could sell fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of those people live on a low income or can’t support their family, so they more likely to buy fast food because it’s cheaper, compared to cooking a meal at home. Areas of poverty have more fast food chains than other areas of the city. At McDonalds, you can buy a cheeseburger and fries for under $3, while a salad costs over $4.

UntitledIn many cases, a person’s zip code does not define who they are. These statistics are based on the entire population of certain areas. Not every person who lives in that zip code lives the same way, or has the same income. However, the documentary was an eye-opener because it made me realize that some neighborhoods are not as fortunate as others when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.


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