We’ve all been there. Shopping isles, foraging for the items we normally throw in our trollies, but wait; something catches our eye on the same shelf. Organic. Hmm. Same item but apparently better for you, and alas, more expensive. Less chemicals, GMO free, No artificial flavors ect. and of course it probably is better for you. But can you afford it?
Government: “Eat healthier”
We hear it regularly, government plans to tackle obesity and related illnesses, often preaching to us, the consumer, to “Eat healthier, Make better choices”. These statements do nothing more than insinuate that the blame is on society; poor eating habits result in poor health. It’s your fault (lets ignore for a moment the vested interests the Healthcare industry and pharmaceutical companies have in unhealthy societies). The truth is while more and more people are becoming aware of poor quality food standards and the health dangers cheap, processed, chemical pumped foods offer, people cannot simply just “eat Healthier”. It’s not like go exercise; walking and running are free. It’s not like get more sleep. Antibiotics and arsenic in the chicken. Growth hormones in the milk. Cancer causing sweeteners in, well, just about everything. Now that your aware of such dangers, surely you can spend an extra 15 minutes on your shopping trip to read the label of every item you pick up and make better, healthier choices.
Truth is, a shocking number of people can’t. Cancer causing, processed, dangerous foods are stocked in every food store at low prices, as opposed to organic foods (if your store even stocks them) which are generally more expensive, and less plentiful. In new study published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, low income Americans would have to spend almost 70% of their income to meet the national dietary guidelines. So, while it’s all well and good for the government to simply blame societies lack of education regarding food, or allocating it to laziness, gluttony ect, and while this may be true in some cases, the fact that Governments maintain low food standards resulting in mass cheap food production that harms health is rather telling.
Bluntly, if low income families (nearly half of the USA) can’t afford a healthy lifestyle, this results in widespread unhealthy lifestyles, which results in health issues, which subsequently leads to a need for health care, which funds a booming Health and Pharmaceutical industry.
We are allowing ourselves to be told we’re to blame by the very organizations who are keeping us unhealthy.
Governments, Food and Healthcare companies need to stop allocating all the responsibility and blame for nationwide poor health and obesity epidemics to people and start taking responsibility for allowing the present day situation, where it’s cheaper to buy a box of doughnuts in Walmart then a bag of sprouts.