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  • jcdwyer

    "The National School Lunch Program also helps strengthen the link between poverty and obesity." This is a false statement. School meals are certainly not as healthy as they could be, but research has found that school meals participation lowers child obesity, not raises it. See http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/29/3/411.abstract for example.

  • theratwitch

    #1 I make less than $15000 a year, live in a poor rural town, and yet manage to eat healthy, along with the rest of my household.
    #2 There are a few fast food joints around here, but with our income, we can't really afford to eat at them very often even if we wanted to.
    #3 Knowing how to plan meals, budget for grocery shopping, grow fresh vegetables, prepare and store foods plus more than a bit of knowledge in nutrition has been absolutely essential for me to keep my family well fed and healthy.
    #4 My children have been under foot in the kitchen and out in the garden since they were able to toddle around without assistance and we've had discussions about food and health (and nearly everything under the sun) while they've helped me stir or weed.
    #5 We very rarely drive anywhere. We walk on average 7 miles a day.
    I guess my point is that education and a willingness to see food as something more than merely stuff for unconscious consumption is a big key in healthy eating. Knowledge of planning, prepping, budgeting, and storage are vital, especially for those of limited financial means.

  • Jen Maidenberg

    Education, accessibility, availability, affordability -- all a piece of the puzzle. But one thing is also overlooked. The time and energy that parents have to prepare their children healthy food. Even those who have access and money still suffer in our over-worked, over-booked society with the challenge of how to feed their children well in the little time and space allotted for proper meals. We don't prioritize meals as a society. And our children's health is a consequence.

  • Murphy

    It's not only a matter of access to these things, but also education and preserving the knowledge of previous generations. Many middle and lower class people are strapped for time and too tired to cook. As a result, we have lost the tradition and knowledge of what to do with good produce and healthy options. In order to really tackle the issue of obesity, we need to also tackle the issue of the way we now live from a holistic perspective. There need to be a cultural shift away from valuing electronics, materialism and individuality and towards well being of the self and community. Obesity is a side effect of the dominant discourse and values being emphasized in the US and consequently, the world.