The New York Times is reporting today on a study done at the University of Washington. Basically, they found that healthy food costs more than junk food. I know, so what else is new? It’s interesting though, the way they did it. Read the (short) article to see how.
They also say that’s what’s causing obesity problems among the poor. Since you can get more calories per buck with junk food, low income people buy that instead of the more expensive healthy food.
It seems to me, though, that there’s other reasons this might affect low income households:
- Time – if you’re working two full time jobs, who has time to cook for yourself? Grab a candy bar and go.
- Lazy – on the other end, say you’re living off the state because you don’t want to work. Are you really going to cook for yourself?
- Disabled – say you can’t work because of an injury or disability. Then you probably can’t cook a large meal for yourself, either.
- Education – perhaps low income people don’t truly grasp how important nutrition is.
However, when I was in college, I was poor and strapped for time, which meant I ate junk. One semester I ate potatoes and macaroni and cheese for every meal. And sometimes eggs.
I really need to eat better.