Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Now here's an interesting thing, wrt fast food and obesity, that may well put Nanny's nose out of joint.
As we all know, the two bete noires of Nanny's life are obesity and poor people.
Nanny hates obesity and, because Nanny is middle class and loves to lecture others, finds poor people a particularly easy target for her caprices.
Up until now it has been conventional "wisdom", as espoused by Nanny and her "experts", that poor people tend to be fat and that their obesity is derived from their unhealthy reliance on fast food as a medium of sustenance.
Hence this gave Nanny the chance to rant against fast food emporiums (middle class areas so hate to see kebab shops et al next door to purveyors of organic produce etc).
Anyhoo, a study by the University of California has rather pricked Nanny's theory about poor people eating fast food.
Contrary to popular wisdom, it seems that people's visits to fast food establishments increase as their incomes increase; poor people were spending fewer dollars on fast food than lower-middle and middle-income Americans (who, apparently, are less obese than the poorer income levels).
What does this mean?
It means that fast food is not the only driver of obesity levels in poor groups.
Could it be that the environment in which people live (eg accessibility to fresh food, as opposed to sugar based snacks etc) has a bearing on people's obesity/health?
Well, commonsense would indicate this, but of course Nanny does not believe in commonsense. Nanny will continue to direct her anti obesity/fast food message towards the group that she likes to lecture (the poor), ignoring the fact that the poor cannot necessarily significantly change the environment (eg accessibility to fresh food, at affordable prices) in which they live.
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