This is a very good question that alot of people try to ignore. I do know ethnicity is uncomfortable for some people to talk about especially on forums like this. The fact still remains that minorities do not recieve the same health care and benefits that others get and that is somewhat based on ethnicity the availability to get information to those groups.
Being African American and being raised in the southern part of the US, food is apart of everyday life. Food is used as an offering to people when they come into your home. As southern folk are we want people to feel like they are apart of the family and using food is a wonderful way of doing this. Because it is so much apart of tradition now it is almost an insult to not accept food. Now and days this has been distorted in may different communities. I would dare say that food is the nation's drug of choice and not crack or heroin.
African Americans have such a unhealthy relationship with food. Food is apart of the emotional psyche. We use it to numb the pain in our lives. Some foods will cause endorphins.. Couple this with lack of nutrition knowledge and health care you have a pan epidemic. I would also say that Latinos have the same unhealthy relationship in their culture. I had a Latino co worker whose wife was diabetic. I would ask about her condition. I would explain to him some of the foods weren't good for her. He would explain to me that this is what they ate and it was apart of the culture. I would have to remind him that I had a culture too of people cooking carb heavy food and I had to turn away from it. From my last conversation with him about his wife, she is still struggling with her diabetes worse than myself.
In Southern California, there are very few grocery stores but multiple fast food joints on any given street corner. There are hoards of taco trucks, quickie fast food wagons and local dirty convenience stores. Normally these are in areas where minorities live. So if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes you may not have access to proper nutrition and food to help your situation. Several articles have been written on how parents my have to take a 2 hour bus ride to the nearest grocery store. If you are a working mother is a nightmare and will opt to feed her children whatever is available despite its nutrition.
A bill has just been passed by the council to ban any more fast food restaurants to be built in certain areas which would that are populated by African Americans and Hispanics.