But a few paras stuck out:
…I saw plenty of counter-arguments to that, identifying poor eating habits as a result of deprivation. One was that people with kids and very little money can’t afford to waste food, so have to buy things that children are likely to eat, which more or less means food with too much salt and not enough fresh vegetation.
So, once again, we see the inculcation of the concept that kids must be pandered to at all costs.
If I didn’t like what was on the table when I was a child, I got….nothing. I went hungry. I didn’t do it twice….
Another was that people battling food scarcity tend to overeat when food is available, and depending on what they’re overeating, a missed meal the next day won’t compensate for that.
Exercise will, though.
And by ‘exercise’, I don’t mean putting down the remote for the day and switching over to ‘Jeremy Kyle’ by hand…
I heard a grandmother on Radio 4′s PM some months ago saying that, for those five weeks of snow last winter, she had fed her grandchildren (of whom she had sole care) nothing but eggs, beans, chips and toast.
I’ve lost count of the number of rows I’ve had about that, many in public, one live on telly, during which the broadcaster Jonathan Maitland said this was a problem of education: if she knew how to shop better she would have been able to afford a more balanced diet.
Perhaps it’s more significant that she has sole charge of five grandkids. Did anyone seek to ask why?
I understand this strenuous avoidance of reality. Once you accept that crap food is an economic, not a moral choice, you have to accept a whole raft of unpleasant outcomes as a function of deprivation, not an illustration of a lack of backbone. You have to accept that 24,000 “lifestyle-related” yearly deaths from diabetes are related not to sloth but to poverty.
Except, as is pointed out in exhaustive detail in Tim’s thread, eating ‘fast food’ isn’t really as cheap an option as it sounds…
You have to accept that the education agenda against obesity – vegetables and regular exercise – will never work (that should be obvious, just by looking at the data or, failing that, just by looking around).
Yes, because the only fat people in the world, ever, are the poor. Rich people, hell, even well-off people, are always thin. Eric Pickles and John Prescott? Poor souls, not a penny to rub together, either of them…
I think there’s an element of projection here, where people who can afford to eat well – and do – still secretly yearn for a Big Mac, and it’s their own yearning rather than political deliberation that makes them think they’re looking at a lack of willpower from the McDonald’s classes.
People who can afford to eat well do indeed still yearn for a Big Mac. And they have an occasional one.
Note that; an occasional one…