2. Brownsville, TX
Gene Wong, OD, FAAO
When I practiced in Brownsville, TX, I saw many poor eating habits in my pediatric patients. Poor eating habits eventually lead to diabetes and hypertension as patients grow older. I had kids come into my exam room with cheese puffs smothered in nacho cheese to eat during their eye exams.
Junk food was sometimes these children’s meals. Cameron County has the highest child poverty in the state of Texas. Unfortunately, poverty and poor nutrition habits go hand in hand.