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The answer is NO.
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 bullshit fills me with a very specific kind of rage. so, TIME TO DEBUNK!
- that meal from mcdonalds takes virtually no time to acquire AND is available almost anywhere.
- the second meal? that “salad” is lettuce … with nothing else, not even dressing unless its just olive oil or some milk i guess? gross.
- also thats the price of each serving, not an entire loaf of bread, a bottle of olive oil, etc. that stuff adds up which means you have to have a lot of money at one time to buy it all.
- that meal probably took an hour and a half to make, which is a long fucking time when you work multiple jobs or are caring for a lot of people or dont have help! seriously, if you are a single parent of three who works, is spending an hour and a half every night preparing a meal a likely option?
- same with beans and rice! also, you know whats a fucking bummer? eating beans and rice every night because you are poor. ask any person who has done it and they will tell you (you can start with me).
- there is a “nutrition” argument here that lacks a follow up: poor people are more likely to be doing physical labor and need more than 571 calories per meal.
- you know who is less likely to know how to bake or prepare a chicken? people without access to the internet, or libraries, or who werent taught how to by their parents because their parents worked all the time. access to healthy foods is a classist issue and classism is cyclical, you fucking morons.
- seriously, these sorts of infographics make me want to fucking flip tables. do you know why people don’t eat more fresh fruits and vegetables? because fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, because they take a long time to prepare, because they dont live near a grocery store that has a decent produce section, because they dont have reliable transportation to get groceries to and from the grocery store, because they dont have the energy to plan all of the shit that is involved in making healthy, intentional, filling, balanced meals. basically: poor people get fucked, and then we get BLAMED for being lazy.
- eating “healthy”, aka access to fresh fruits and vegetables, is a privilege, first, foremost, always. so fuck you new york times and your ignorant goddamn infographic.
- there are SYSTEMATIC REASONS that we do not have equal access to fresh fruits and vegetables. they are very REAL problems. besides, you know, systematic poverty in america, the total mis-distribution of farm subsidies is a perfect place to start. read about that, then either get bent or start working on the actual problem.
And a “healthy” dose of fat-shaming in there, to boot.
+1. When people eat at McDonalds because they don’t have money for food they order off the fucking dollar menu holy shit why is that so hard to get???
That infographic up there? That’s what people with money order when they eat at McDonalds.That’s the first clue you should have that the person who made it is fucking clueless.
A REAL McDonald’s dinner for four probably looks more like $8
+2. Food deserts.
+3. Alithea talked about fruits and veggies but another thing to consider is longevity of food. If I work two jobs and I don’t get home until late at night I have to hope a grocery store is still open. (This intersects with feminism in that women are told not to go out after dark because if they do and they get raped it’s their fault. A household of 4 with a single working mother means the grocery shopper has to choose between taking that risk and not having food.)
But suppose our hypothetical poor person does make it to a grocery store. How often is that? What kinds of fruits and vegetables do they have access to, if any? How long are those going to last in the home? Long enough to make the stretch between grocery days?
Obviously someone heard “healthy food is more expensive” somewhere, but did you ever stop to, I dunno, actually listen to what the fuck anyone was talking about? Maybe, just maybe, you should trying learning about issues before you start talking about them.
i love that this takedown i wrote 2 years ago is still going around tumblr and that people get it now. when i first wrote this, all the responses i got were like, IM POOR AND I EAT JUST FINE AND IM NOT FAT OKAYYYYYY???? and i was just like, jo.gif jo.gif jo.gif because i dont have time to educate all these basic humes.
anyways, yay people recognizing bullshit <3 <3
Source: The New York Times
numerical feedback indicating victory status. Psychological basis: When the government is able to collect tax and seize private property without just compensation, it is an indication that the public is ripe for surrender and is consenting to enslavement and legal encroachment. A good and easily quantified indicator of harvest time is the number of public citizens who pay income tax despite an obvious lack of reciprocal or honest service from the government.
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Do this: To get this: Keep the public ignorant Less public organization Maintain access to control Required reaction to outputs (prices, points for feedback sales) Create preoccupation Lower defenses Attack the family unit Control of the education of the young Give less cash and more More self-indulgence and more data credit and doles Attack the privacy Destroy faith in this sort of of the church government Social conformity Computer programming simplicity Minimize the tax protest Maximum economic data, minimum enforcement problems Stabilize the consent Simplicity coefficients Tighten control of variables Simpler computer input data -- greater predictability Establish boundary Problem simplicity / solutions of conditions differential and difference equations Proper timing Less data shift and blurring Maximize control Minimum resistance to control Collapse of currency Destroy the faith of the American people in each other.
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The general public refuses to improve its own mentality and its faith in its fellow man. It has become a herd of proliferating barbarians, and, so to speak, a blight upon the face of the earth.
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