What do you think? What does the above pic say to you about nutrition in general and how poverty affects nutrition in the USA?
Blogger Melissa Bastian (blogspot) writes:
***A PERSON CAN BE BOTH FAT AND FOOD INSECURE. FOOD INSECURITY CAN, IN FACT, LEAD TO FATNESS.***
It works like this: people ho have NO food, who are actually starving to death, obviously lose weight. We know this. But people who have *some* food, or rather a very small amount of money for food – such as those on food stamps – buy foods that have the highest caloric content for the least amount of money. Every one of us is all too familiar with foods that have a ton of calories and don’t cost much. These are the chips, sodas, candy, and other processed foods that fill the center aisles of our grocery stores. Often the least nutritious of these masquerade as healthy foods. In corner stores and bodegas, these junk foods make up approximately 100% of the food offerings. And they are utterly delicious, thanks to the miracle of modern science.
The problem is that there’s no food in the food. There are calories, sure. But they’re composed of the kinds of nutrients that our bodies are only supposed to receive in very small quantities: sugars and other simple carbohydrates, salts, and fats. These components, while necessary, are relatively rare in nature, so our brains are designed to seek them out and enjoy them most of all. The cheap foods are almost entirely lacking, though, in the kinds of nutrients we’re supposed to eat a lot of: complex carbohydrates, insoluble fiber, and sometimes protein. People who only eat “junk food” because it’s all that they can afford can easily get enough or even too many calories, but aren’t getting the right balance of nutrients to promote health.
Something to consider indeed! I think this epidemic has passed the boundaries of poverty and has affected the country as a whole, but I can attest to the fact that those at the lower end of the economic ladder seem to be disproportionately affected. With access to health/nutrition education (or lack thereof) also playing a role.
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