Experts Warn That Obesity Is Now A Disease of the Poor
October 11, 2017
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Cornwall Live expressed an opinion that is growing more widespread by the year: Obesity is becoming a disease of the poor. They blame this trend on the expense of health food, but there are myriad factors involved beyond income levels.
The marketing and subsidization of junk food play a huge role in the obesity epidemic. There are ways to eat healthy on a budget, but this knowledge has not been spread effectively. The addictive nature of processed and junk food compounds this issue. The result is a public health catastrophe on a global scale.
If you want to eat healthy on budget it will be necessary for someone in your household to prepare the meals from locally-grown healthful foods. Stretching out meals was a common skill in past generations. This collective wisdom may not have been passed down to you, but is available online. For example, using the bones from a roast chicken to make stock for a pot of soup, extending a Sunday roast to use for weekday dinners, and learning how to make hearty stews from inexpensive cuts of meat will save money and help you avoid the allure of fast food.
If you fail to plan you are planning to fail. Proper planning ideally will involve scouting out your local farmers markets for in-season produce that is priced to sell, and planning your meals accordingly, but you can also use this same premise with supermarket sales. You can generally plan a week of meals at a time, make sure you have all ingredients necessary on hand, and then do any prep work you can ahead of time so that dinner is easy to prepare if you're short on time in the evenings.
Americans waste an estimated 1,400 calories of food per person, each and every day. The two steps above will help you to mitigate food waste in your home. The most important foods to buy organic are animal, not vegetable, products (meat, eggs, butter, etc.), because animal foods tend to concentrate pesticides in higher amounts. If you cannot afford to buy all of your food organic, opt for organic animal foods first.
If you are fortunate to live near a buyer's club or a co-op, you may also be able to take advantage of buying by the pound from bins, saving both you and the supplier the cost of expensive packaging. To learn more on how to eat healthy on a budget, I recommend reading my article “Could You Eat on $3.37 a Day?”