By Jenn Sinrich, Feb 2024

Food desserts are also a thing, explains Kecia Gaither, M.D., double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine and Director of Perinatal Services/Maternal Fetal Medicine at NYC Health and Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. “Decreases in the ability to obtain nutritious foods leads to an increase in vitamin deficiencies,” she says. “Many individuals reside in these areas where fast food facilities or small corner markets sell foods of low nutritional value, high salt, fat or sugar content, which ultimately impacts the health status of individuals and leads to an increases in diabetes, hypertension and obesity.”

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