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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Junk food may be favored by the poor …

… butt a fat ass is not proof of poverty.

One of these things is not like the others …
Related source » The 'Hunger' Hoax via Blog this
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“When the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Agriculture examined people from a variety of income levels, however, they found no evidence of malnutrition among those in the lowest income brackets. Nor was there any significant difference in the intake of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from one income level to another. […] Ironically, the one demonstrable nutritional difference between the poor and others is that low-income women tend to be overweight more often than others. That may not seem like much to make a political issue, but politicians and the media have created hysteria over less. The political left has turned obesity among low-income individuals into an argument that low-income people cannot afford nutritious food, and so have to resort to burgers and fries, pizzas and the like, which are more fattening and less healthful. But […] [b]urgers, pizzas and the like cost more than food that you can buy at a store and cook yourself. If you can afford junk food, you can certainly afford healthier food. […] Since when are adult human beings supposed to do only those things that are a joy? I don't find any particular joy in putting on my shoes. But I do it rather than go barefoot. […] An arrogant elite's condescension toward the people -- treating them as children who have to be jollied along -- is one of the poisonous problems of our time. It is at the heart of the nanny state and the promotion of a debilitating dependency that wins votes for politicians while weakening a society. […] We have now reached the point where the great majority of the people living below the official poverty level have such things as air-conditioning, microwave ovens, either videocassette recorders or DVD players, and own either a car or a truck. Why are such people called "poor"? Because they meet the arbitrary criteria established by Washington bureaucrats. Depending on what criteria are used, you can have as much official poverty as you want, regardless of whether it bears any relationship to reality. Those who believe in an expansive, nanny state government need a large number of people in "poverty" to justify their programs. They also need a large number of people dependent on government to provide the votes needed to keep the big nanny state going.” [emphasis added]
Thomas Sowell, 2011/10/05 (/

Related source » Is Junk Food Really Cheaper? via Blog this
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“THE “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “when a bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli ...” or “it’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonald’s than to cook a healthy meal for them at home. This is just plain wrong.” [emphasis added]
— By MARK BITTMAN, Published: September 24, 2011 (

OK; I'm biased. I prefer skinny-assed women. Butt everyone is entitled to their own ass-preferences.

I am not a nutritionist; nor do I cook, aside from a rare left-over pizza-slice (which I am adept at nuking). But this business about how all those poor fat-assed women can't help their condition because, you know, they are forced to eat nothing but burgers, nachos, and cat-food is, according to people who do know a thing or two about nutrition and food prices, is bullshit.

Such women are, in most cases, fat-assed because they love to eat cheeseburgers (extra cheese and extra burger), washed-down with super-sized barrels of high-fructose corn-syrupy soft-drinks. And, despite what urban legend and leftist politicians would have you believe, it is not cheaper than healthy home-cooked meals. It is just more fun to eat that junk. I know; I love it, too. But my wife only lets me indulge my sinful pleasure when my begging gets on her nerves, and during the High Holy Days.

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