2018 American Fitness Index report

New Yorkers aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables

This year’s American Fitness Index report, which was released Tuesday, finds that while New York City ranked 52 out of 100 American cities when it comes to overall health, it is weak in key dietary areas.

Some 18.4 percent of New Yorkers eat three or more vegetables a day, 31.9 percent eat two or more fruits a day, says the report, which uses data from the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Health.

Dr. Lisa Young, a New York City nutritionist and professor, said New York’s low numbers are troubling as consuming healthy produce fights obesity, heart disease and other chronic illnesses. “If they’re not eating their fruits and vegetables, what are they eating? They’re getting it from somewhere else and it’s not healthy.”

According to amny.com, New Yorkers said access to greens and fruits, and time out of their hectic schedules to prepare and cook with them, stood as the biggest roadblocks to eating healthier. A 2010 study from Columbia University is one of several that have found low-income neighbourhoods like Central Harlem lack major supermarkets, and the delis that are the sole source of groceries for those areas don’t sell fresh fruit and vegetables.

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