Here’s an interesting one. To quote from the article:
The percentage of food shoppers who are obese is almost 10 times higher at low-cost grocery stores compared with upscale markets, a small new study shows.
Researchers say the striking findings underscore poverty as a key factor in America’s growing girth.
In the Seattle area, a region with an average obesity rate of about 20 percent, only about 4 percent of shoppers who filled their carts at Whole Foods Market stores were obese, compared with nearly 40 percent of shoppers at lower-priced Albertsons stores.
That’s likely because people willing to pay $6 for a pound of radicchio are more able to afford healthy diets than people stocking up on $1.88 packs of pizza rolls to feed their kids, the study’s lead author suggested.
Now – people from Seattle might not be like the rest of us. It was also reported that people in Seattle have the most sex outdoors, so perhaps there’s something about Seattle that causes this phenomenon rather than just shopping at Whole Foods.
I personally have a love/hate relationship with Whole Foods. While I think they’re price-gouging bastards, I do find foods there – like grass-fed beef – that I’d be hard-pressed to find in the local supermarkets.
But I have also noticed that there are none of those little scooters at the entrance for the morbidly obese to ride the aisles and purchase their Mary Janes.
I’m not making that up. I was in my local supermarket looking for my low carb Lindt chocolate when a very sweet and very fat lady rolled up in her electric scooter and excused herself as she reached over to get the Mary Janes she was looking for.
It broke my heart.
It’s none of my business what she eats, but when I see the morbidly obese I see what might have been for me – and what will be if I ever stop living a low carb lifestyle.
The article goes on to say it’s more a matter of poverty – cheap calories are bad calories – but I’m not so sure. A bag of potato chips or Chex Mix can run close to $4 in my area – that pound of grass-fed beef cost $5.99.
Which is the better value: a few heavily salted, thinly sliced, deep-fried potatoes in a large bag puffed with air or a pound of grass-fed beef?
Maybe its poverty and education that are to blame.