Sure, they look like they're 'well-fed' but in actuality they're terribly malnourished. A depression would just make things worse. I shudder to
think what would happen to this country if we were forced to survive on twinkies and spam for a year or more...
I'd guess that the weight problem in this country could be cut by a third just by reducing the average daily intake of salts. We don't just eat
sodium, man, there are half a dozen different variations on the salt theme in all this junk food, not to mention the beverages.
And it's all you can buy in many places! Many people in my neighborhood do their grocery shopping at the convenience stores, there are two of them
nearby, as opposed to a mile walk each way to get to the grocery store.
And even if you walk to the grocery store you'll find that there's a major price difference between healthy foods and unhealthy foods (in bulk).
You can get two or three times the amount of food for the same ten dollars, if you buy stuff that's unhealthy.
These people think they're getting a terrific deal, they feel full and the food tasted good (thanks to all that MSG by any other name, or similar
compounds that 'trick' the brain), so they don't think anything of it.
And going one step further, even if you make the tough decision and spend your ten dollars on some beans, some bananas, some meat, and some potatoes -
guess what? The fruits and veggies are practically devoid of necessary nutrients because of commercial farming practices that rob the soil and starve
the plants, and the meats are bursting with..SALT water.
You can't win, seriously, the only option is take supplements or eat food grown/raised to very high standards. I don't even know what's in those
multivitamins, maybe they're for real. I suspect there's a bit of a deception surrounding those things, but I really don't know. But, again, they
cost a fair bit of money, and for people in economically depressed areas, they simply can't see how it's a good investment.
Can you blame them? Average minimum wage paycheck, full-time, is maybe 250, or a little more if you have children and can claim exemptions. That's
about 1000 a month, give or take. Rent is hovering around 600 bucks in most places I've been, less for real hovels, and a lot more for just a closet
in a major city ( the studio in midtown Manhattan where I stayed for a while had a murphy bed, a nook that passed as a kitchen, and a bathroom the
size of a linen closet, and it cost 2500 a month to live there - great views of the Chrysler and Empire state buildings though
That doesn't leave much for food, nevermind all the other expenses we have to deal with, like car payments, credit cards, medical bills, insurance,
gas, heat, electric, water...
There are so many overlapping problems crippling this country, it's hard to know which ones to fix first. I doubt if you can even approach the
layered problems in a methodical fashion, because so many of these issues reinforce one another in various ways.
I mean, if you try to improve nutrition by increasing awareness, that doesn't solve the money problem. And if you increased wages and instituted
price controls to keep food cheap people would just eat more, because of their greed. And if you tried to change the culture of greed, you would find
people are not receptive to morality when their basic needs are not being met. And so on, and on, and on. It's really quite the artful trap...