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Food access is a basic human right

Food access is a basic human right

When people learn that I work in the ER, they ask me about car crashes, stabbings and shootings. They are surprised when I talk about patients who are seen for the number one medical problem, the leading killer in our city: heart disease. More than 30 percent of Baltimore residents will die from cardiovascular disease, which is fueled by high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. These are all problems that result from eating unhealthy foods. As an ER doctor, I have seen 8-year olds with childhood obesity and 16-year olds with adult-onset diabetes. I have treated 40-year olds who are dying of heart disease and have seen how preventable medical problems cut short people's lives. ...

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