Originally posted by greenkoolaid
The government routinely controls the production of crops and tells many farmers to not grow crops in order to keep market prices where they want
These people are poor because they can't afford to buy any food. It is a problem of economics. So if you want to blame anyone, blame the rich
people who do nothing to help others and lay off the fat people.
Green is absolutely right, unfortunately.
But another slant on this that hasn't been looked at and which never recieves much notice is the cost of the groceries themselves.
Ever wonder why you rarely see an overweight well off/rich person ?
This is because the affluent can afford to buy the types of groceries that are the best for our bodies. That includes the benefit of keeping weight
down. A good portion of these groceries are what are considered the highly perishables, that is they don't have a very long shelf life. IE..these are
the foods you find around the edges of the supermarket. The "whole" (rather then prepackaged chemical laden tasteless albeit cheaper crap) foods.
Breads, meats, dairy, fruits and vegetables.
Anyone who has ever studied the layout of your average supermarket will know what I am talking about here.
Now, if you are still with me lol...you will also know that is these precise foods which happen to be the most expensive, simply by virtue of their
reasonably short shelf lives, which means they need to be replenished every few days.
The poor generally cannot afford to do this. The poor (and studies have proven this) tend to stick to the inside rows where all the processed garbage
is, simply because it is CHEAPER, it LASTS LONGER, and it stretches the food dollar. I don't believe poor people want to be overweight, but it's
kind of hard NOT to be when all you can afford to eat for lunch is a 10 cent fat-laden package of top ramen, rather then a fresh, dark greens salad
with a light dressing of red wine vinagrette.
Think people ! go beyond the stereotypes society gives you about the overweight and begin to question the real reasons why.
Lastly, in response to the posters who feel that the overweight, in gorging themselves, are depriving someone else of having something to eat.
Another slant to consider:
Why aren't the #ed up mostly affluent upper crust white bitches (for some reason, Anorexia doesn't seem to exist in the minority cultures) who spend
a bloody fortune on food, only to puke it all up the ones being attacked here ?
[Edited on 20-5-2004 by KayEm]