Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Obesity Linked to Low Income [Duh]

So here I am sitting at the computer on Yahoo! the other day when I come across an article I found a little "interesting". It was more centralized to women, being one of those female-health online-magazine articles, but within the article, they argued with research that the results were consistent among men as well.

So while nothing about this interested me to the point of "oh, this is something new to learn", I was interested in reading what I was sure would be classic, boneheaded comments from people interviewed on the subject (economists, scientists, and doctors).

Among these putrid comments, stood one above all the rest. An economist had stated, "you would believe with all the money the high-income bracket obtains, they would be the ones more likely to suffer from obesity levels because they can afford more food." Clearly he's one of the high-income bracket members...

I wouldn't have to do research or study anything on this topic in order to tell you that I knew it to be fact that low-income = higher risk of obesity. It's pretty much uncommon sense to comprehend this fact.

You have to look no further than a McDonalds (there's one on every second or third corner of the United States if you were unaware of how to locate one, they will be marked with a big, bright yellow arch, or M in the front) to see the economic and scientific proof of this fact. The dollar menu, and meals, are loaded with fatty, processed foods which your arteries clog post-meal to prevent you from eating. Meanwhile, the "healthy, low-calorie" alternative meals sit among the most expensive products you can purchase at McDonalds. Now how/why is it that less work/preparation costs more? I don't have a specific answer to that question, and would hate to risk sounding like a conspiracy theorist against the man.

Perhaps the most infuriating thing about this study/find is that our nation's leader (not President Barack Obama, but the one who has him by the balls) is one of the most active fighters of obesity in our nation, and while these two laid out plans before the election, neither has adopted a real fight against obesity (financially). The way to fight off obesity, is obviously to eat less-fattening foods, smaller portions, and exercise. Affordability is not possible for low-income households, stress is higher among the low-income so smaller portions are a little more difficult to agree to (seeing as eating is a stress reliever and inducer), and exercise is nearly impossible for some low-income families who are working multiple jobs to just barely afford to get by.

I guess my entire point was to encourage the people who CAN do something about affordability to do it, because fair wages (no, I'm not a part of the Occupy movement who thinks nobody should have to contribute to society or whatever their stupid point is/was) could easily right that ship, leading to a healthier, happier public which leads to a healthier, happier economy.

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