Saturday, January 7, 2012

A Buzzard Egg Omelet #3


This Christmas there were pictures on the TV of people, mostly children, from Darfur.  They were malnourished – they looked like skeletons with a skin covering; their bones stuck out, their limbs were ricketed.    These were to poor – they were the poor of the country.

In the book The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga - he writes about rural India.  His protagonist wishes to be fat, because he says that being fat is a sign of wealth – it is a sign that you are successful – that you have made it.  

In the United States, however, the rich are thin and the poor are fat.   The more affluent you are the thinner you are apt to be, and the closer to welfare the more chance you have of being fat – obese. 

Isn’t that ironic?


  1. That is why Santorum wants to end the Food Stamp program - to combat obesity. Instead of fat poor kids in the inner-city; We can have them looking like those kids in Somalia with sunken eyeballs and their ribs hanging out! Why,
    they could take that money we are wasting on nutrition programs and buy every millionaire in America a new Bentley...


  2. The contradictions between us and the rest of the World are probably too numerous to categorize or count.

  3. because all the cheap inexpensive food is all carbs and starch..if your rich you can eat salmon, lean meat and as many fresh veggies as you'd like.
    where poor america eats macaroni, rice, cheese, bread and processed lunch meat.

  4. As a poor American, I've found I can eat well for two weeks and then not eat for the other two weeks of the month. And so I am neither thin nor fat nor healthy.

  5. What YellowDog Granny and MRMacrum said.

  6. as a person who definitely is not rich by any means, in fact, realistically, might fall into what is considered poverty stats...I can attest that it is not income, it is the social programming and the degradation of the the society on a whole which promotes the particularly American version of obesity. It's true that if you are poor and live in an environment without real food, you will get fat, the wheat products derived from the varieties of grain commercially grown and sold in America alone are enough to cause physical problems that promote obesity.
    But it is more than that. It is the hunger of the soul. Damaged mal nourished psyches that substitute twinkies for reality. I have relatives in Ohio who are all fighting serious obesity problems. In a family that previously has had no history of diabetes, in this small demographic, it should be considered plague.
    I am poor, but I have some land and I can fill the freezer from my garden and I know how to preserve food. I also live in a rural world full of people as poor as I am, but there is so much good food if you take time to learn how to cook. Thats the problem too, people just don't have the time or patience to prepare good food.
    If America had a better education system, and real food distribution other words if people in poor neighbor hoods had access to vegetables and a life style that allowed them to believe they had time to cook...that would go a long way. But it is more of a moral and spiritual sickness, a malady of the soul..........


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