The Western Phenomenon Of Fat And Poor

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The Western phenomenon of “fat and poor” seems baffling to many across the world. Why is it that our poorest individuals are riddled with diabetes, obesity, and other weight-related diseases? Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck. After bills are taken care of, the necessity that always suffers because of financial insecurities is food. People are quick to choose the cheap and fast food options over their healthy and time-consuming counterparts. This leaves many Americans to pick up the check for their bad food decisions later in life. At McDonald’s, a cheeseburger is cheaper than a salad, but a triple bypass surgery or a lifetime insulin supply surely costs more in the long run. When a monthly trip to the grocery store for a family of four costs more at the moment of purchase than a trip to the drive thru for a nightly meal, there’s no wonder why the decision to eat nutrient-sparse meals is easily made. For a struggling family, the logical realization that cooking at home can cost pennies per person is easily out shadowed by the quick and easy option from the closest drive thru with a dollar menu. While junk food provides the short-term satisfaction of a cheap meal, eating home cooked meals will save you big bucks in the long run.
On of the most compelling reasons that families chose junk food over healthier alternatives is the convenience of fast food restaurants. In the article, “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?”, Mark Bittman points out that many families in America are
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