US eating habits improve a bit — except among poor

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  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Sept. 2, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    I lived overseas in a very poor country and saw real poverty where millions of people literally struggle to eat everyday. A native friend of mine repeatedly told me he wanted to move to America. I ask him why and his response was, "I want to live in America because in America poor people are fat." Come to think of it, I have never seen a poor person who was obese, except in the USA. In every other country poor people are emaciated, frail and malnourished.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    The big challenge is that the poor don't have access to healthy food on two counts: One, many poor urban areas don't have traditional grocery stores and the most accessible foods are at fast foods and convenience stores; and two, healthy food is higher cost and inconvenient.

    A new trend is the "food desert" -- places where nutritious food is scarce. As urban areas face dwindling economic prospects (think Detroit), grocery stores have left as well. Studies have found that the poor rely on the dollar meals at fast food restaurants -- which is driven largely by gov't subsidized corn and other agricultural products rooted in corn (e.g. high-fructose corn syrup).

    Studies have also followed poor people into grocery stores and have found that the "convenient" packaging of junk food (say, individual-sized chips, soda cans, or candy bars) becomes an easy way to portion meals over buying healthier foods (e.g., kale or slabs of meat).

    Sometimes a family may say, we have $10 for dinner and then go to buy 10 dollar meal items. In short, the poor face key obstacles to healthy eating.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 2, 2014 4:24 a.m.

    I wonder how they conducted this study. Did someone follow a poor person from the store to their home and watch them prepare the food and what they ate? Or did they just follow the money of poor people and those on food stamps eating out all the time and buying pre-mfg meals and tacos? What ever their means of conducting this study is very flawed and not relative to incomes or social status.

    In fact the poor people who don't have food stamps must by basic raw foods and home prepare them eat better that people with food stamps or restaurants where adulteration of edible food is destroyed making it unhealthy food. Sandwich shops engorge sandwiches with adulterated fillings and substitute indigestible flavoring and call it nutritious, bunk.

    Everything ever thought or taught about food is being debunked every day by science saying the 4 food groups are the best source of nutrition, nutritionist are theatrical know nothings. The safe oils and adulterated cooking ideas are fast becoming notarized lies and falsehoods. I consider Yogurt as excessive junk eating and unhealthy and excessive to the digestive system that is denying people of a healthy body.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Sept. 1, 2014 7:14 p.m.

    Come on, Associated Propaganda.

    Trying to ling poverty to poor eating habits and implying some sort of causation is flat out dishonest reporting.

    Perhaps the cause of the poor to eat poorly is the result of their own bad choices. We teach nutrition in school, so go to school and learn about it. We provide EBT cards that will buy healthy food, or you can buy junk food, or in some cases trade teh EBT card for money to buy drugs.

    If a person decides to eat right, it can be done by the poor just as much as anyone else.

    No more government programs or massive spending is needed. In fact, cutting EBT benefits and going back to distribution of surplus food may actually improve nutrition.