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yes you can be overweight and in poverty

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Mumof4worriedfor Thu 25-Jun-15 19:04:03

Just saw this story on ITV https://twitter.com/itvnews/status/614128648585617408

Most of the comments are about her weight. Don't people understand the cheaper food is more unhealthy and you can very quickly get into poverty! Really annoyed by the response.

SaucyJack Thu 25-Jun-15 19:08:51

Link hopefully.

formerbabe Thu 25-Jun-15 19:09:21

It is more expensive to eat healthily.

I live in London and in poorer parts of town people are noticably fatter than in more affluent areas.

springsprang Thu 25-Jun-15 19:11:27

I bought a pack of 5 jam donuts for 47p in Morrisons. It's too easy.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 25-Jun-15 19:12:57

It's MUCH more expensive to eat healthily

I'm doing slimming world and its all healthy foods (non processed) - our food bill has gone up more than a third

It's much cheaper to be fat. An apple costs 20 pence, you can get an entire packet of biscuits for that.

Who's going to divide an apple between 3 kids if you're poor rather than give them 4 custard creams each? hmm

We are very undernourished as a society and growing increasingly overweight. Malnutrition in Britain is higher than its ever been.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 25-Jun-15 19:13:29

The National Geographic had an article about this. Sugar, white carbs and processed crap make you fat. They are also cheap and they are also what the food bank tends to have.

Gwyneth Paltrow tried the $29 food stamp challenge and failed miserably, because she tried to buy fresh, good food.

UglyBugaz Thu 25-Jun-15 19:14:43

They are ignorant

TheHouseOnBellSt Thu 25-Jun-15 19:16:24

YANBU....and there will be someone along in a mo to say "Well she could buy lentils, carrots, onions and oats for thruppence"

Won't there?

What these people fail to see is what George Orwell pointed out...People in poverty lead miserable lives and want a little something tasty now and then...so the poor woman who has only a few pence left for the week will buy some chips or fish...rather than a potato and some meat scraps.

CatMilkMan Thu 25-Jun-15 19:17:34

"Malnutrition in Britain is higher than its ever been."
Higher than during the poverty and rassioning during world wars?

SaucyJack Thu 25-Jun-15 19:18:06

Hmmm. Yes, cheaper food can be less nutritious if you don't know how to cook (or can't face yet another bloody pan of lentil stew) but she's morbidly obese. No one gets to that size without significantly over-eating. Eating one biscuit instead of a punnet of strawberries won't make you 6st overweight, just less nourished.

The relationship between poverty and obesity is more complex that the mere price of food IMO. Food is a cheap and readily available source of pleasure and comfort- things that are often lacking when you live in deprivation.

crustsaway Thu 25-Jun-15 19:18:08

Totally agree with you OP. Of course it is.

LivinLaVidaLoki Thu 25-Jun-15 19:18:52

I agree its far more expensive to eat healthily. When we live in a country where its cheaper to buy a pack of mini pizzas than a pack of apples if you are on a budget you would get more from the pizzas.

elderflowerlemonade Thu 25-Jun-15 19:19:35

Vile comments.

And yes, absolutely, although I'm not sure I'd use the word poverty - I understand that is the literal definition though.

LaurieFairyCake Thu 25-Jun-15 19:19:53

Yes, we were healthier during rationing catmilk

Raveismyera Thu 25-Jun-15 19:20:45

The people who have posted those comments sound really Thick. Surely everyone knows fattening food is the cheapest available? There are people who don't realise that eating healthily is expensive and inconvenient? Do they live in a cave?

Mumof4worriedfor Thu 25-Jun-15 19:21:47

Actually I've read reports that the British diet peaked during the second world war - no white bread, limited sugar and home grown seasonal fruit and veg. Calorie intake and longevity some say have a link.

wankerchief Thu 25-Jun-15 19:22:54

Yanbu, winds me right up
Massive frozen bag of chips 60p
2 pizzas for A pound
6 burgers for a pound
Massive bottle of coke 50p

Bought in my supermarket today.

Fruit and veg is more expensive and you still need to buy the rest of the meal. Plus alot of people can't afford the leccy to keep the oven on for hours to slow cook lentils or make their own artisinal bread for 4p a loaf

Yes there's aldi and the market but you still have to get there and get the shopping back. All our town centre small supermarkets don't have the cheaper fruits and veg and if little tummys need feeding then I get why quantity wins

MamaLazarou Thu 25-Jun-15 19:23:30

I think the people making the nasty comments on that link have no idea about nutrition or budgeting because their mums make all their food for them.

elderflowerlemonade Thu 25-Jun-15 19:25:32

Is it just me who always wants to throw up at 'little/hungry tummies'? hmm

crustsaway Thu 25-Jun-15 19:26:50

Might be a few of you but I can't see anything wrong with saying little hungry tummies myself.

Cornettoninja Thu 25-Jun-15 19:26:57

Traditionally 'poor' food is fattening because the calories were needed cheaply. Potatoes, bread, dripping, ghee, rice, cheese all bulky stuff that would keep you going.

It's a good thing that civilisation has developed and envolved to a point where people have enough to eat and generally three meals a day is seen as a good thing. Relatively speaking though the pricing is still the same hence cheap is usually fattening given we all do much less physically than we used to - but that's a digression... As is that culturally we tend to learn food from our families and not everyone has the inclination, talent or palate to learn different ways to provide themselves with nutrition.

Evolution is a slow process and denying it doesn't help any one neither does the refusal to acknowledge that cheap, quick, easy, filling food has far more selling points than a homemade ratatouille and wholemeal loaf that made badly is going to be rank and leave a person hungry.

Smugness and scorn has never been a great marketing tool to change things for the better.

MrsDeVere Thu 25-Jun-15 19:30:29

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

elderflowerlemonade Thu 25-Jun-15 19:31:06

It's a badly presented article, mind you.

LadyDeadpool Thu 25-Jun-15 19:33:08

The thing is when you're poor you can't go out with friends to relieve boredom and you're at home all day with nothing to do it gets easy to eat the boredom away. Aldi do a bag of toffee for 22p easily eaten in front of daytime soaps while you wait for another day to pass.

It's like groundhog day, every day is the same and sometimes the only thing you have to look forward to is a big bar of 30p chocolate and jeremy kyle combine that with sitting on your arse all day and the weight soon piles on.

PHANTOMnamechanger Thu 25-Jun-15 19:34:56

good post MrsDV

I taught in a very deprived area of the midlands, rough primary school, many children officially classed as living in poverty, yet many of them and their parents overweight. It is a very complex thing.

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