Local food environments : food access in America by Kimberly B. Morland

By Kimberly B. Morland

Neighborhood nutrients Environments: meals entry in the USA offers info at the advanced nature of nutrition supply structures in addition to the historic and political traits that experience formed them through the years. The e-book provides the empirical facts demonstrating disparities in entry to fit reasonable meals around the usa and the way those disparities may well clarify nutrition intake styles for a few americans besides as Read more...

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It is argued that for some people hunger may be a component cause* of obesity (Townsend et al. 2001; Darmon et al. 2002). The rationale is that to avoid the experience of hunger when resources are limited, individual’s choices are limited to cheaper foods that are more filling. Individuals are forced to make decisions related to food choices weighing quantity versus quality and in this regard, obesity is thought to be “an adaptive response when food availability is unreliable” (Brown 2006). S. Public Health Service has identified obesity as a ­leading health concern in our society, and the prevalence of obesity had been increasing in the United States through 2009 (Flegal et al.

By selling nonperishables, Kullen was able to increase the volume of goods sold and accept a smaller profit margin, which translated to lower prices for customers and increased turnover of his products. This business model of mass merchandising, often referred to as economy of scale, has proven to be very successful and has been used by other food retailers including Walmart. 1 where the proportion of total sales by type of food vendor is presented. This graph also depicts how other smaller grocery stores lost a significant market share of food dollars as supermarkets increased profits over time.

In contrast, for food store retailers, profits within a given period can be quite high because of the high turnover of food products sold, even though the profit margins are low. 00 6,000/10,000 2,500/10,000 60% 25% 10 Local Food Environments: Food Access in America food item within a store is not low. For instance, a supermarket may run a sale on a commonly used food item to draw customers into the store. The owner may accept a very low profit margin (or even a loss) on that item because it is expected that shoppers will purchase more than that one item.

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