Junk Food – How Shelf Space Sells It

Majid Ali, M.D.

What is the relationship between shelf space allocated to junk food and sales of such food? Studies show that sales of fruits and vegetables increased by 30 to 60 percent when shelf space for these items was doubled.

Here are some relevant stats on the subject:

* In one study, supermarkets allocated an average of nearly 140 feet of shelf space each for fresh fruits and vegetables. The corresponding values in small stores were three feet for fresh fruits and six for fresh vegetables.

* he New York Times reported on March 21, 2015 that only one in six low-income ZIP codes had a supermarket while one in two high-income ZIP codes had such a market.

* Food stamps (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP]) were introduced in 1965 as part of the war on poverty. The program pays for an enormous of obesitizing and diabetising foods.

* An estimated $1.7 billion worth food stamps a year are used to buy sugary drinks alone — more than the entire budget at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the prevention of obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer. But it is hard to blame families for using SNAP benefits to buy unhealthy food, when their options are mostly junk.

Suggested Readings

* Dr. Ali’s Obesity Course

* Dr. Ali’s Insulin Course

* Dr. Ali’s Diabetes Course

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