PHDinMeBlog-Nutrition Tuesday

Hello Scholars!

poverty fat thin

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:

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.

Leave a comment as we look at nutrition from a social perspective today!

Light, Love and Good Nutrition for all,



4 thoughts on “PHDinMeBlog-Nutrition Tuesday

  1. This is an important message I have been addressing for many years. Based on my experiences people in general make food choices on taste, not quality. They make choices on volume, not quality. They make choices on financial (value), not nutritional value. It is also my opinion that many foods lacking real nutrition are addictive in nature. With nearly 75% of our population overweight (approx. 35% of adults obese and approx. 20% children obese) this epidemic is blind of prejudice. Although poorer regions have higher rates, this condition is seen throughout all socioeconomic classes. In my opinion this situation will not be reversed unless children are given the opportunity to grow up without developing this condition. This means that overweight children need to be monitored by doctors with follow up visits to make certain the condition is being addressed properly. Parents unable to manage their children’s weight issues should be provided FREE education to ensure they are clear on the steps needed to reduce this health risk problem. If this is not enough, children need to be temporarily removed from their environment and placed in one to achieve a healthy weight status where they too will learn what they need to eat to be healthy. I certainly understand that parents do not want to be told how to raise their children. I agree with these sentiments up to the point where a child’s welfare is being compromised. The parent that chooses not to accept the parental responsibility associated with a child’s health and welfare must recognize that this may border on the definition of abuse. In such cases, the child’s welfare must always come first. Anyone that opposes this method of addressing our society’s weight problem is certainly entitled to their opinion. I ask,however, before anyone dismisses my suggestion, are YOU willing to come up with a better solution. It is easy to complain and say, “NO” to alternative ideas. It is much more difficult to come up with alternative SOLUTIONS. In the meantime as everyone complains about the rights of families to raise their own children the epidemic grows and continues to ruin the lives of children and adults. So, do we try to implement a possible solution that I have suggested or do you have a better plan. I’m listening……

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    1. Oh my, this is a weighty reply. I suspected it would be so I wanted to wait to read it. I will have to collect me thoughts before giving a more in depth reply. Thanks Dr. Jonathan for once again, showing your passion for health and sharing your knowledgable and insightful comments! Light and Love, Shona

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  2. I absolutely agree with this, the problem is, once you are used to eating flavorful food that lack the proper nutrients, it’s really hard to change your cravings. I try my best not to have soda, sweets or chips in the house and having vegetables instead but I must admit it’s hard to put on a charade for my kids. I am trying to start them young on eating healthy but it’s something that I (and my husband who loves soda) constantly have to work on. It’s not too late to change but it takes a lot of perseverance to go for the healthy (and economical-as vegetables in the Philippines are cheaper than junk food) choice each time.

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    1. Many can relate Abi. Thank you for your honesty! I think people feel bored with the healthy choices sometimes especially when they have gotten used to food that has been manufactured specifically to appeal to our sense TASTE. Perhaps not having an all or nothing approach could be helpful to many and instead of an instant overhaul, something simple as an apple (or whatever) piece of fruit per day or a certain amount of water per day, would be more practical and useful for setting the stage for increasing the odds for a lifestyle of healthy eating choices! Thanks so much for sharing your comments Abi! Light and Love, Shona

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