@1 year ago with 3265 notes
#health #food #choices
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.
this whole viewpoint comes from a point of deep privilege. A lot of americans can barely afford to feed their families, and the reality is that many of them lack transportation to go to a large grocery store with healthy options. So the statement about a bag of chips being cheaper IS true. Often the only options in the area are gas station/convenience stores or fast food.
Also, OP assumes that people always have the time, skill, and energy to not only go to a grocery store, but also cook meals at home. Even more well to do families don’t always have the time or skill to make a legit meal, guys.
I hate when these little graphics only include the price for the portion of the ingredients that you’re using. Oil doesn’t cost 55 cents. Salt and pepper aren’t 5 cents. Bell peppers can be $3 a piece where I live. You can’t find a bag of rice for 50 cents. And a damn onion is not 37 cents.
Also, and maybe most importantly, NO PERSON WHO IS EATING OUT BECAUSE THEY’RE BROKE GETS A FULL MEAL (and if they do it isn’t any of your business). My boyfriend and I practically lived off of dollar burgers last summer. It took $2 to feed us a meal, and maybe one meal a day. It wasn’t fun. We weren’t doing it because we love Mc Donalds. We did it because we could ride there on our bikes and pay for it in change we stole from the school’s fountain.