Help insurance policies that promote wholesome meals environments and incentives to buy wholesome meals to scale back most cancers inequalities

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Transl Behav Med. July 5, 2021: ibab081. doi: 10.1093 / tbm / ibab081. Online before printing.


The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the inequitable access to resources that creates a disproportionate burden of disease in vulnerable communities in the United States. However, these inequalities in health outcomes are not limited to COVID-19. About 18% of cancers are related to diet and obesity. Underserved communities such as ethnic minority groups living in neighborhoods with low socioeconomic status face barriers to healthy eating, including lack of access to good quality healthy food and higher availability of unhealthy food and drinks in local grocery stores. What is striking is that the same populations are more likely to die from food-related cancers and obesity, such as colon, liver and pancreatic cancers. To reduce cancer inequalities, policymakers can support action by supporting programs that encourage healthy food purchases and improve the local food environment in underserved communities.

PMID: 34223908 | DOI: 10.1093 / tbm / ibab081

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