Water scarcity as a lead cause to Obesity and Diabetes: an outlook at the rural California

Although water scarcity affects every continent of the globe with around 1.2 billion people(UN) in dire need, it is now becoming very clear that places such as California are not spared of this preventable problem.
I read an interesting article written by Colleen Curry in the Vice News that rural communities in California have increased their intake of sugary and soda drinks thus predisposing them to Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.
The report, which was contained in a policy paper, also noted that even those that have access to clean drinking water do buy the sugary and soda drinks out of the fear of consuming contaminated water.
Still, and to show the increasing disparity between the affluent and the low-income minority populations, it was observed that the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity is higher among the low-income population. The other factors to this growing scourge include environment hazards, lack of education, and lack of access to healthy foods and nutrition.
Arguably this could be considered as one of the negatives of Globalization; hence the need for global public health leaders to come together once again and address the ever increasing health inequality.

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One thought on “Water scarcity as a lead cause to Obesity and Diabetes: an outlook at the rural California

  1. Thanks for reminding us on the need for public health leaders to strengthen its institution and address this growing problem.

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