This tag was created by Maria Frank. 

Field Guides to Food

Health Disparities

In an article of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chiras and Reganold's Natural Resource Conservation: Management for a Sustainable Future is referenced as defining health equity as
"when all people have the opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance."
On the other hand, A Review of Community Food Security Literature defines health disparity as
a certain population bearing "a disproportionate burden of many diseases" (in this case, nutrition-related diseases).
The disparity can be a difference in overall health, or rates of specific diseases, such as overweight/obesity, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, etc.
The review says that this disparity can be decreased by "increasing the community’s access to the fresh, healthy, and affordable foods necessary for an active, healthy lifestyle."

Within the tag family "Values, Justifications, & Motivations," in the "Food Justice" cluster.

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