Growing up in South Jersey near Atlantic City was one of the best experiences of my life. However, looking back now, I realized it was probably also one of the unhealthiest experiences of my life as well. My family and I always go to Atlantic City on the weekends when its nice out because it’s only a fifteen minute drive from my house and it’s a fun way to get some fresh air. We would walk on the boardwalk for about two hours and then grab food from one of the boardwalk shops. Being little I always liked eating out because it was better than eating the same home cooked food over and over again. However, I probably didn’t realize everything I was putting into my system when I ate a big plate of cheesy fries every weekend for about twelve years.
Atlantic City is known for its crowds of tourists that come all year round. And what tourists look for when they come to South Jersey are three big aspects: casinos, beach, boardwalk/food. However, I don’t think I have ever eaten anything healthy while walking on the boardwalk. Everything from funnel cake, boardwalk fries, saltwater taffy, cheese steaks, pizza, cotton candy, etc nothing has ever been healthy. I don’t even know where to go if I wanted a healthy snack while on the Boardwalk. The only places I know where there may be some healthy food would be the casino’s restaurants. However, these are almost 5 star restaurants and unless you want to spend some major cash in order to eat healthy while in Atlantic City, it’s almost impossible.
The obesity rate in just Atlantic City is very high and is still increasing. Since most of those who live in Atlantic City are in some form of poverty or in lower class, most school children only have money to order a slice of pizza during lunch breaks. There aren’t any places to get cheap healthy food in Atlantic City. The only foods that are available are those that have been deep fried/ soaked in grease.