I am a family physician in the Bronx, New York. My patients are predominantly lower-income minorities who face many obstacles to healthy eating. During patient visits, I have seen Coca-Cola in baby bottles and french fries as infant food. A common theme in my patients’ diets is a paucity of whole foods and a preponderance of ultraprocessed products.
Certainly, education plays a role; my patients generally have lower levels of schooling and lower health literacy. Part of my job as a physician is to educate. Given that nutrition impacts general health and wellness and the management of virtually all disease states, I find myself counseling on diet at most patient visits.
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