Deep Thoughts · Health

Wealthy Healthy

Today while discussing some different proven diet methods in a food allergy forum (so far I have none but I like to contribute) I started thinking about something.

Wealthy people and healthy people- and the link between the two.

Now, I’m not talking about how rich people are in their health, because we all know that health is worth more than money can buy,  but the fact that it feels like ONLY well-off people can buy a healthy lifestyle is down-right depressing.

This was my number one reason for putting my diet on hold.
I could no longer afford to feed the bill for health. Healthy foods were not only more expensive but were also smaller in portions and lacking ingredients that higher-calorie foods had. Whoever said ‘Less is More’ was right on the target.

Society wonders why the lower class have obesity issues- well let’s start at food prices.
If  ‘healthy’ food was affordable, would the income restricted choose them? What if there was a gym that only catered to people with limited income guidelines. It would be attached to a health food grocery store that did the same. How would it change the lives of people so desperately wanting to make a change in their lives, and how quickly would those people not only better themselves through health knowledge, feeling better physically and the examples they set before the people around them- but also in their own financial lives?

  • Maybe they would feel less depressed and more likely to try for that college degree to get a better job, or start a business?
  • Maybe they would gain confidence to dump the abusive boyfriend and find real husband material who would cherish them and encourage them?
  • Maybe they would find the strength to dump the smoking habit or the alcohol and invest that money elsewhere?

Not to say that all income restricted are that way out of choice, but there is a tie between those who have an opportunity  to change but somehow feel strapped or unable to change their lives due to the pressures of income restrictions and an unhealthy lifestyle. In her introduction to her article, Reaching for a Healthier Life, Nancy Adler from the MacArthur Foundation says,

 “Societies are structured like ladders. The rungs of the ladder represent the resources that determine whether people can live a good life – prosperous, healthy, and secure – or a life plagued by difficulties – insufficient income, poor health, and vulnerability. People standing on the top rungs are the best educated, have the most respected jobs, ample savings, and comfortable housing. On the bottom rungs are people who are poorly educated, experience long bouts of unemployment or low wage jobs, have nothing to fall back on in the way of savings, and live in substandard homes. The people in the middle have more resources to rely on than do people at the bottom, but far less than people on the top. In reaching for health, every step up makes a difference. “

So, what can we do to help change this? I certainly do not use our limited resources as an excuse to live an unhealthy lifestyle but I have to say- it is VERY difficult for us to purchase grass fed beef at $6.44 lb.

What do you think about this?

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