With the hip-hop nation still reeling from the far too early passing of Heavy D, there comes more news of a famous musician facing health issues. Yesterday, Erick Sermon had a heart attack. He is in stable condition now, and is recovering in the hospital. Sermon, who is 42, had extremely elevated blood pressure, and is fortunate that he has survived. Rick Ross suffered a stroke last month. While these particular instances involve those with more resources, it speaks to the difficulty of remaining healthy for many. There is a bigger issue here that affects so many in the Black community disproportionately. There are numerous factors such as a lack of focus on the importance of being healthy, and poor food choices and options in urban areas.
How many chicken spots and other types of fast food joints are there in urban areas? In Harlem, residents are slightly better off as far as choices, but that is mostly due to gentrification. But for what seems like the vast majority of urban dwellers, their living areas are food deserts. This will be an ongoing issue as long as social factors tend to keep people in less well to do communities deprived of better sustenance choices.
Marc W. Polite