The Editorial Reflection
11 November 2012
Can You Afford to Eat Healthy?
The obesity rate in the United States continues to rise year after year. Researchers are working to find the cause and reverse it. The problem is there is more than just one cause; we just have to find the biggest issue and fix it. The cost of healthy foods is not in the price range of many Americans; therefore, they continue to eat cheaper, fattier foods. Obesity rates could be reduced if the prices on healthy foods were reduced and more accessible to the general public. Cost is a major factor when shopping for groceries for many families. If healthy foods were more affordable than ...view middle of the document...
With the value of money decreasing, less healthy food is much more affordable. It’s easier and less expensive to buy the foods with excess calories that lead to the country obesity. Unhealthy food tends to fill people up, and it costs much less. Wiggins also states, “People who were once health-conscious are now price-conscious” (4). The focus is no longer on what is healthier but what is affordable. Americans have forgotten how important it is to stay healthy.
With the focus on health fading behind prices, people are at greater risk for disease. Krukowski et al explains, “Lower income populations that may be at greater risk for obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer may ﬁnd that availability of healthy foods is a barrier to consuming a healthy diet” (315). With the United States having over 15% of the country suffering in poverty means that at least 15% of our Americans are at great risk for all these dangerous diseases. The access to the healthy foods that could rid of these alarming disease risks is limited. Many families are stuck eating unhealthy foods because it’s all they can afford. They are pretty much stuck with the weight gain and disease risk because they have no other option. This, in turn, creates yet another issue for the country. If these families had access to healthier foods, they would be more likely to have more of them in their households. Families would have more variety in their diets balancing the foods they enjoy and the foods that are good for them. Greater access to beneficial foods would result in less disease and obesity for our country.
A price intervention is the only chance the United States has to save the low income families from obesity...