Poverty And Obesity-An Unhealthy America

The word for today is angst.

In the August issue of Better Homes and Garden, Michelle Obama pretentiously graces the front cover.  This isn’t the look I picture when I think of Michelle Obama.   But I digress.

Better Homes & Garden-Michelle Obama

Her campaign for eating healthier is falling on deaf ears with me. I don’t want to hear from any administration, whether it be Democratic or Republican, on how we should be eating healthier and growing a garden while the cost of food keeps rising.  Although I agree that we, as Americans, need to be more self-sufficient, not everyone have the luxury of space to grow a garden or buy fresh fruits and vegetables for everyday.  But our government doesn’t want us to be self-sufficient.  They want us to depend on them for even our basic needs. So what’s with the mixed messages?

As I mentioned in my previous post-We are more than ever dependent on our government to take care of us. In just four years, the number of people receiving food stamps has increased over 60 percent, from just over 27 million to 44.6 million in April 2011…

I maintain that poverty has much to do with obesity and the choices we make with food-

Diets composed of refined grains, added sugars, and added fats are more affordable than are diets based on lean meats, fish, fresh vegetables, and fruit…Are the various sectors of the food, grocery, and restaurant business legally liable for providing low-income consumers with overly cheap food?  Or does the broader problem lie with the current wage policies, employment practices, imports, tariffs and trade?

It’s the population groups with the highest poverty rates and the least education where obesity occurs.

Why Are Food Prices so High?  Mostly, we can thank the Federal Reserve and the Central Banks throughout the world for the high cost of food all over the world (natural disasters and the weather also have something to do with less crop yield).  The Feds have flooded the financial markets with money-“quantitative easing”.  With all that money out there it had to go somewhere.   It sent the price of oil, gold and agricultural commodities skyrocketing. There is more demand than supply. By raising prices there will be more supply than demand. They are trying to prevent a food crisis. But according to some, it is too late.

I do agree that we, as a nation, have a sedentary lifestyle.  Michelle’s Let’s Move page on Get Active does have a positive message.  Her message isn’t new or unique.  To quote a paragraph from the page-

To increase physical activity, today’s children need safe routes to walk and bike ride to school, parks, playgrounds and community centers where they can play after school, and activities like sports, dance or fitness programs that are exciting and challenging enough to keep them engaged.

Though I agree with that statement, it isn’t the government’s roll to mandate, promote or even strongly suggest-while they dangle incentives– physical activity in ones community. And I hope the federal government can keep their nose out of it and let the communities promote physical activity without federal money or interference.

But on our choices of food, I have a message for our First Lady and for our government-

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.-Abraham Lincoln

Therefore, the word for the day is angst.


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