Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Poor and the Fat and Our Responsibility

This bit of news may not shock most aware people, but poor people are fat.

This, of course, has more to do with poor communities large having grocery store deserts, or the pricing of healthy v. cheap foods as well as education and lifestyle choices, than with any perceived laziness of the poor.

I wish there were easy solutions, but I think Jamie Oliver and his Slow Cooking Revolution may be on to something (and now he's talking to the fattest of Christian denominations, the Southern Baptists). In any case, it's going to be more costly - both in the long run but also immediately - to continue doing what we're doing now than to actually address and fix these problems now.

Obesity, heart and health problems, sluggishness, children with diabetes: These things are more costly than making sure children and adults eat at least one healthy meal a day.

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