Liberty Just in Case

A Dialogue for the September 12th World

America’s Poor Are Obese

Posted by Mark on August 29, 2006

That’s right. It’s so nice to see our nation’s poor haven’t missed a meal. Of course, every liberal and loon will have you believe otherwise.

The gravy train -make that the sausage, biscuits and gravy train — just kept on rolling in most of America last year, with 31 states showing an increase in obesity.

The only state that experienced a decrease in the percentage of obese adults last year was Nevada.

States have different challenges to contend with when it comes to obesity, said Dr. Janet Collins of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Populations are not equal in terms of experiencing these health problems,” Collins said. “Low-income populations tend to experience all the health problems we worry about at greater rates.”

Indeed, the five states with the highest obesity rates -Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Louisiana and Kentucky -exhibit much higher rates of poverty than the national norm. Meanwhile, the five states with the lowest obesity have less poverty.

Ironic..isn’t it?

So the next time an overeducated REALITY-DEFICIENT liberal opens his mouth about hunger in America- stuff this report down it. Oh heck….add some gravy with it.

2 Responses to “America’s Poor Are Obese”

  1. Nariel said

    Dear Craig:
    I really enjoy your writing my friend and normally I tend to do alot of head nodding right along with you, however, on this issue I feel that you did a disservice to ALOT of people. Here’s why:

    First, rather than regurgitating alot of information here you can read the section that I wrote some time ago on BoP regarding poverty in this country. My views on the matter have not changed one little bit.

    But to the specific issue of obesity and its link to the impoverished here are a few things that it would do well the readers of LJiC to know.

    First.. for those that are living by means of Food Stamps or the stretching of a dollar it is not at all a shock to find that many of them are obese today! The simple fact that under lies the issue is this: cheap food is fattening.
    For example:
    On average the cost of buying fat free, reduced calorie and sugar free food is two to three times HIGHER then to buy the calorie, fat and sugar laden foods.
    Just try to find a whole package of sugar free cookies for under $3.25! While the Oreos for example are $2.00, regularly on sale.
    To buy, Healthy Choice Pasta–$3.00; to buy Walmart Brand (white flour, heavy fat) pasta $.85 cents.
    To buy, lean cuts of meat $2.00+ per lb.
    To buy, full fat regular hamburger $1.78/lb.
    To buy a fruit, yogurt and bagel breakfast for a family of four: Looking at approximately $8.00
    To buy biscuits, sausage and flour for gravy: about $4.75
    To feed your family fresh vegetables one is looking at 2 to 3x the cost of that large can of vegges that you can pick up for $1.00 most days and those cans are laden with sodium in the preserving process.

    When eating a double cheese burger costs you $.99cents, versus that healthy salad at McDonalds at nearly $3.00 alot of dual-income families will opt for the 99 centers every single time!

    Now, before we all go to “well grow your own food then!” Let’s remember that not all families can do that. Dual income households do not have the time; urban families do not have the space; food stamp programs will not cover the cost of seeds, fertilizer etc to give the poor that could grow their own food, the means to do so.

    Little experiment folks:
    Next time you go to your grocery store.. try planning a week of meals for a family of four on $50 bucks or less.. and you will intimately and very quickly see WHY the poor are getting fatter.

    Oh and true to my nature (LOL) *Mark running for cover no doubt!*
    It really does bear the question being asked:
    “Is it really all a set up to cleanse the genepool of the impoverished?” If you can force them to get fat because of what they eat, they have higher risk of diabetes, heart attack, stroke and tend to die faster then the well honed and strictly tuned bodies of the upper class and well to do. Add into that the part that most of them do not have health care or can’t afford it and we are assuring that they die quicker from their condition and their lack of treatment.
    Not saying it is so mind you.. but you do have to wonder about the correlations

  2. jimmyb said

    I grew up poor and my mom fed us quite well, thank you.

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