Thursday, June 3, 2010
Fat People Shop At Wal-Mart
I'm catching up on my reading today, and I found a really good piece on the differences regarding how rich, skinny people shop versus poor, fat people. You can check it out here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/unhealthy_food_shoppers_and_inequa.html
I thought the above graphic showing the changes in food prices for different items since 1978 was particularly interesting. Calorie and sugar laden carbonated beverages are now 34% cheaper than in 1978, but the prices for fresh fruits and vegetables have risen by more than a third.
It's sad that healthy food has to cost so much more than unhealthy processed foods.
But I think the other message here is that if you do care about your health and weight, you have to change your shopping habits. You do have to make the quality of your food an economic priority.
Plus, I don't buy the argument that preparing your own food takes more time and energy. If you know some basic cooking techniques, its possible to make fresh food in the same amount of time it takes to prepare something that's processed.
I can make a whole meal in the time it takes to boil pasta, and can grill a piece of fresh fish and make a salad and dressing in less time then it takes to heat up a frozen chicken pot pie. The problem is not time and energy, it's will and know-how.
If you know how to make food, and have the will to do so, you can in less time then it takes to order in or heat up something that's pre-made.