Many of us thoughts that poverty as the root cause of malnutrition. We were told to help the poor because they live on less than $30 a week while the $30 last us for 1-2 decent meals. $30 for 1 day of ours versus a week for them. The standard of living is getting higher and the cost of foods are booming up. What we used to afford, we need to fork more money out for the same items.
What are we left with? The cheaper food, the non-protein food especially carbohydrates in the form of starches. Starches are cheaper than meat products. Processed foods become an easy alternatives that seems cheaper because they contains more carbohydrates and less of the proteins. Junk food may be a cheap and fast alternatives to balance meals that are priced higher. Price influenced our food choices tremendously. When it come to choosing quantity versus quality, keeping ones full often turn into a priority. Quality and nutrition goes second. Some consumers doesn't even know or care about nutrients.
Poverty + Increase food prices = Hunger = Malnutrition ?
Is it true that the above equation leads to malnutrition? It might only if we are considering the consumers are making food choices based on their desired lifestyle; often easy to use, processed foods. The concept of nutritional science provided evidence that malnutrition does not occur with poverty and hunger. A person who can afford food can be a patient of malnutrition. It is a matter of lifestyle.
An obese person is not likely the one in hunger but they could suffer malnutrition at the same time. We as the society, try to assist people in poverty by providing monetary support and food bank aids but we failed to recognize that the obese person need more than hungry person. Why is so? Obesity brought more severe consequences for those who can afford to purchase foods while hunger limit the ability of a person to obtain sufficient food. The balance between hunger and obesity comes with lifestyle changes. Monetary support and food aids are momentarily help for the poor and food education is the key to modify lifestyle to provide variety of nutrients within ones capability.
Obese and having the money, is a bigger problem than hunger. Purchasing power is what stop the poor but it is what encourage the rich to be obese and malnutrition at the same time. How do you think about obesity as a malnutrition problem?
Did we forgot about these problem as we are too concern about the poor?
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