Healthy eating can cost less, study f...

Healthy eating can cost less, study finds

There are 10 comments on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer story from May 16, 2012, titled Healthy eating can cost less, study finds. In it, Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that:

This undated handout photo provided by the Agriculture Department shows a plate showing portion sizes of 100 calories worth of strawberries, broccoli, potato chips, bread and M&Ms. Is it really more expensive to eat healthy? An Agriculture Department study released Wednesday found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than ... (more)

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Your Ex

Madison, WI

#1 May 16, 2012
A full rack of ribs from Smokey Jon's is $25
14#'s of Organic broccoli is $25
I'll take the ribs....
David Obeer III

Carol Stream, IL

#2 May 16, 2012
Your Ex wrote:
A full rack of ribs from Smokey Jon's is $25
14#'s of Organic broccoli is $25
I'll take the ribs....
and U got Barrack of ribs with Obamay;)

Since: May 11

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#3 May 17, 2012
It's not the cost of the food that makes people choose unhealthy over healthy. It's the fact that most healthy food must be prepared, whereas snacks, microwavables, and convenience foods don't take much thought or effort.

It's comes down to laziness. It takes a little more effort to cook a pot of rice than it does to stop at the drive-thru on your way home.
Telmark

United States

#4 May 17, 2012
PayThat CEO wrote:
It's comes down to laziness. It takes a little more effort to cook a pot of rice than it does to stop at the drive-thru on your way home.
And some people wonder why we have such high obesity percentage rates among welfare and food stamp recipients.

Btw, ever notice how rare obesity is among CEOs and business owners?

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#5 May 17, 2012
Telmark wrote:
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And some people wonder why we have such high obesity percentage rates among welfare and food stamp recipients.
Btw, ever notice how rare obesity is among CEOs and business owners?
The thing is you can't use food stamps at fast food restaurants so that blows your theory. And I googled images for CEO's and there are quite a few who could stand to lose a few pounds. Check out Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonald's. He's had his fair share of french fries.

But, I'll give you this. People on welfare are, no doubt, far less active in their daily lives than CEO's. The CEO probably plays a couple rounds of golf each week, goes to the gym every other day, and plays racquetball on the weekends. Some may even have personal trainers and most dine at high quality restaurants where a glass of water costs more than a meal at Burger King.

I very much dislike the fact that welfare is abused in this country, but I also realize that in a civilized society it's a necessary evil. You can't have children starving in the streets like 3rd world countries. Should welfare be better regulated? Without a doubt it should. But that, in itself, will not make people thinner.

Historically, you see rises in weight gain when there are economic downturns that seriously affect people in lower income brackets. It's not so much that they can't afford the food, some of it has to do with the fact that for some people food is the only pleasure they have left. They can afford little else, but they can enjoy a cheap meal. When economic playing fields are more level you see less obesity. It's as much a psychological thing as it is a physical one and you can use "fat" as a barometer of how bad the economy is.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#6 May 17, 2012
Don Thompson, CEO of McDonald's. Not Jim Skinner.
Telmark

United States

#7 May 17, 2012
The thing is that people can use food stamp cards to buy unhealthy microwavable, and ready-to-eat "junk foods" at their local grocery store.

Welfare recipients also receive cash allowances that does allow them to eat at "fast food restaurants", etc.

The truth found in the above statements, and the fact that you admit that "People on welfare are, no doubt, far less active in their daily lives than CEO's" only serves to further prove my point.

Quote:
"You can't have children starving in the streets like 3rd world countries."

Most of us, myself included, agree with this statement. However, we now have an epidemic of U.S. children who are ruining their health, and/or are dying from welfare sponsored obesity.

This country has also been suffering from a decades long epidemic of mostly welfare sponsored "out of wedlock" birth rates and the parental neglect that all too often goes with it.

Also keep in mind that the effects of this public assistance funded "culture of failure" effects far more than just those that live by it. These effects can be seen in our prisons and inner city neighborhoods, hospitals, and public schools,

Meanwhile, I'm sure that you and I would also agree that civilized societies should not promote people that continue to have children when they already have children that they can't, or won't, feed and care for.

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#8 May 17, 2012
Telmark wrote:
The thing is that people can use food stamp cards to buy unhealthy microwavable, and ready-to-eat "junk foods" at their local grocery store.
Welfare recipients also receive cash allowances that does allow them to eat at "fast food restaurants", etc.
The truth found in the above statements, and the fact that you admit that "People on welfare are, no doubt, far less active in their daily lives than CEO's" only serves to further prove my point.
Quote:
"You can't have children starving in the streets like 3rd world countries."
Most of us, myself included, agree with this statement. However, we now have an epidemic of U.S. children who are ruining their health, and/or are dying from welfare sponsored obesity.
This country has also been suffering from a decades long epidemic of mostly welfare sponsored "out of wedlock" birth rates and the parental neglect that all too often goes with it.
Also keep in mind that the effects of this public assistance funded "culture of failure" effects far more than just those that live by it. These effects can be seen in our prisons and inner city neighborhoods, hospitals, and public schools,
Meanwhile, I'm sure that you and I would also agree that civilized societies should not promote people that continue to have children when they already have children that they can't, or won't, feed and care for.
So what's your plan? Cut off their food source? Cut off their money? Do you REALLY believe that if you do all those welfare mothers are going to rush out and get jobs that will pay them to support those children? We have people with PhD's who can't find a job, but you think a welfare mother is going to earn enough to house and feed a family?

So exactly what is your plan? You don't want to pay to feed them. You don't want to pay to provide them with higher education. You don't want businesses to offer more job opportunities. You don't want to pay for their healthcare. You simply want poor people to stop having babies and that's not going to happen.

Looooong before there was social assistance, there were desperately poor people. I'm old enough to remember tar paper shacks in the south...sharecropper shacks where people eeked out a living and yes, children were hungry. The ONLY reason you don't see that today is because we've upped their standard of living. Poor people having children is not a phenomenon of the welfare age.

So please tell us what you would do to solve the problem, yet cost nothing.

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#9 May 17, 2012
Mario Batali is my new hero, I had no idea the amount of time and money he donates to help feed the poor.

“your life is great”

Since: Aug 09

you poop in clean water

#10 May 17, 2012
(and, perimeter shopping will save your life, and save you money)

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