[It'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.Bullshit. BullSHIT. BULLSHIT. Just in case we're not clear, I'm calling bullshit on this one, and let me tell you why: It's not radicchio that makes people skinny, it's lack of pizza rolls, and not buying pizza rolls costs no money at all. It's not the $6 that keeps a person out of the obese column, it's that they know better than to spend it on pizza rolls. I've been to Whole Foods and seen a cornucopia of cheese puffs, sugary sodas and bacon-wrapped filets on display. And Albertson's has piles of fresh spinach and reasonably-priced radicchio for sale.
Every grocery store in America, or the world for that matter, offers much healthier and cheaper options than pizza rolls. I'm tired of being told that poor people in this country have higher rates of obesity and its associated diseases because they can't afford or don't have access to good, healthy food. Has anyone priced rice and beans lately? They're about as cheap as it gets. In fact, the cheapest foods are probably the healthiest: rice, beans, flour- heck, most vegetables are pretty damn cheap.
And all of it can be prepared with little effort or expertise. All you need is the smarts to avoid the pizza rolls. It's not income that is the key to eating healthy, it's awareness. I'm poor, but I know what to eat (or rather what not to eat) and it's a simple matter of following through when I'm at the store. Black beans good, pizza rolls bad. It's that easy.
Besides, if poor=fat, how do you explain all the skinny people in third-world countries?