The limited accessibility of fresh foods and excess of fast food restaurants in low-income areas are a catalyst to the obesity epidemic. The obesity epidemic is rising by a swift rate; there are two contributing factors to this. The first factor is that companies are confusing consumers on what is healthy to eat. The other factor is that poor people do not have access to healthy places to eat and end up eating affordable unhealthy food, which would be fast food. The poor people who live in food deserts end up not having many options, and the people that know what it is detrimental do not care to stop eating.
Some people see fast food as the cause of obesity, whereas some see obesity as the cause of an individual choosing to eat unhealthy food, given them full responsibility for their dietary choices. Fast food is seen as one of the cheaper ways of eating compared to buying healthy food from the local supermarket. In the last few years, obesity rates have been on a rise. Obesity affects everyone ranging from young children to adults. An individual does have responsibility for their dietary choices, but perhaps they cannot afford the expensive prices of healthier foods, so they have to turn to fast foods as a cheaper unhealthy way of eating.
Weight gain can be caused by the extreme ups and downs of food intake. Food insecurity can also cause obesity without the serious case of hunger. One of the reasons that food insecurity can cause obesity is because quality and healthy food is more expensive and more susceptible to waste. Foods that have added sugar and fat are particularly less expensive and last for a long time. Those who are food insecure generally cannot buy food often, so they have to get non-perishables.
McDonald’s® food, although cheap and tasty, is unhealthy and doesn’t fill you up as well as a true dine in restaurants or expensive healthy food. The evidence of hunger and obesity as sidekicks is incriminating. In conclusion cheap food doesn’t fill you up as well as expensive food and is less healthy. Obesity and hunger go hand and hand, shown by the evidence. Poverty levels in an area show the likelihood of obesity and hunger in the area.
Hunger and malnutrition are a problem everywhere although, not everyone has access to nutritious foods. The convenience of junk food is tempting to consume, although people don’t realize what they are putting in their bodies. Junk food is everywhere, although location has to do with your diet. People who have more access to healthy foods may not be as tempted to putting junk in their bodies. There is a lack of access to healthy foods because no transportation, the location, low income, or simply too busy.
The poverty condition greatly affects their potential in terms of consuming healthy foods that can help them stay obese free (Yahia, Achkar, Abdallah, and Rizk). According to Latham, poor nutrition is closely related to obesity in many ways. There are many good foods that can help a person stay healthy. Argumentatively, there are also low nutrition foods that are very cheap and affordable for most people, but can lead to obesity if consumed. As such, nutrition is an important factor because the low nutrition foods lack some nutrients required by the body.
The food crisis in the UAE is a developing issue that is directly related to the economic crisis. The food crisis isn’t as severe as it can be although it has affected the poverty stricken communities. The lack of agriculture and high prices of imported food has made it difficult for the poor communities to afford the food. The food crisis is just not related to non-availability of food, it is also related to the worsened quality of food. The unhealthy food is making its way in the market as there is an absence of healthy food in the country.
Given the growing economic insecurity many people in America are dealing with, it is important to understand poverty and how it improves the increase of obesity among youth. Less fortunate families mostly have fattening foods that supply more energy like sugary cereal, potatoes and processed meats. This is because these foods are more affordable and last longer than fresh vegetables and fruits and healthy meats and fish. Only if we understand the causes at work can we effectively design strategies to reduce this major health risk to already vulnerable people.
Not only bad eating habits and time cause obesity, but also poverty. Poverty is one of the prime reasons which causes obesity. In fact, It forces people to buy unhealthy food because it costs less than fresh food. As well, if they want to cook every day at home, they might pay for high electrical or gas bills, and they do not think that they can gain enough money to pay for many bills. Therefore, they prefer to eat from fast food restaurants, instead of cooking their meals at home.
For most Americans, the word poverty means insufficient access to to housing, clothing and nutritious food that meet their needs for a healthy life. A consequence of poverty is a low socioeconomic status that leads to being exposed to poor nutrition. Since food and dietary choices are influenced by income, poverty and nutrition go hand in hand. There are many important factors that threaten the nutritional status of poor people. The number one factor is not having enough money to buy food of good quality and quantity.