Mayor Eric Adams has made power a key component of his platform. However, to achieve long-term improvement in the health of New Yorkers, it must address the issue of food security.
Despite Fr. a short affair with a fish in Rao, Mayor Eric Adams brings to City Hall his passion for plant-based foods and is committed to improving the health of New Yorkers. The new mayor has took two orders focused on how the city distributes and advertises nutritious food, and introduced the public school program “Vegan Fridays”. These actions – a great start for the formation of the diet of the Big Apple. But if Adams wants to effectively fight the high levels of chronic diseases the city suffers from, he will have to focus on food insecurity.
Studies have shown that people who lack food security – lack of constant access to adequate food – are more prone to developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and cancer than people with higher food security. As of 2017, almost 1.09 million New Yorkers feel insecure, s residents of the Bronx face higher rates than residents of other areas. COVID-19 has exacerbated this problem by causing food insecurity 36% growth.
Mayor Adams is no stranger to this question. As he became, the mayor witnessed on his own how the lack of available nutritious food worsened his mother’s health.
«[The city government was] giving her over-processed cheese, powdered milk, canned meat … she knew little that it would feed her diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, ”- Adams said at a news conference in the Bronx.
Many other New Yorkers experience similar health problems that are exacerbated by food insecurity. More than half of New York residents are obese. Meanwhile, 987,000 residents have diabetes – band 19% are unaware of their condition. Adams’ recent orders have addressed the issue of food security, providing healthier options in urban agencies, but to truly understand the matter – vegan, of course – he will have to focus on poverty, the root of food security.
“Poverty in itself is clearly bad for health in our society,” food policy expert Marion Nestle wrote in an email to WSN. “It prevents people from having access to healthier food … time for physical activity [and] access to proper education and health care. Food security is at the heart of all this and increases the stress of daily life. ”
Nestle, a former professor of nutrition, food research and health at New York University, suggested the mayor focus on improving citywide socioeconomic development, such as affordable health care and jobs. Nestle also argued that it should conduct educational campaigns to promote other steps to combat food security.
“I am in favor of promoting public gardens, culinary courses, farmers’ markets, regional food systems and other methods to bring healthier food to the city at a price people can afford, ”Nestle writes.
Poverty and food security go hand in hand. Without addressing these issues, the mayor cannot expect the city’s health to change much. We don’t need to look for a warning reminder than former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who suggested a number of controversial politicians it did not affect the high calorie intake some residents.
Throughout his campaign, Adams has vowed to address food security and ensure food justice in the Bronx and Brooklyn, which experience higher levels of food security and poverty compared to other areas. According to Nestle, it will take several years to fully explore the extent to which the mayor’s policies and initiatives reduce food security and the level of chronic disease and obesity. So far, the only thing we can be sure of is the eccentric mayor’s commitment to promoting a plant-based diet among New Yorkers – eventually a fish dinner.
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