Repeat after me: correlation does not mean causation. A writer does not get it in this article. The title is classic PC victimization speak: "Low-income Californians especially vulnerable to obesity epidemic". This implies obesity is a disease, something you catch. Turning something that you bring on yourself with your actions and decisions into a disease you can catch makes it more an unfortunate event than a deliberate process. The word vulnerable actually means exposed or open to be attacked or harmed. Using it here, it paints obesity as this stalking predator, and the poor people as little kittens shivering in the cold. This removes responsibility from the low-income individuals. They are victims to big business in the writer's eyes devoid of all responsibility. I could not find the source article in the Fresno Bee, but a synopsis does mention that a person is more likely to be obese if poor. It is not the root cause. This is another ploy to bring up socioeconomic inequality, when the control of obesity is in the hands of the person standing in the mirror. This is more infantilization and victimization of regular, American adults.
This is a cop out. We live in such a rich nation that we have fat poor people. Europe is catching up to us in fattitude, but we lead the way. It is not due to poverty. It's too little self control and too much sitting on your ass. The author has the cop out that poor people don't have the time to cook a meal. Correct me if I am wrong but a box of Kroger pasta and a jar of Kroger sauce costs less than $2 and can feed a family of four in 20 minutes. You mean to tell me it is quicker to load up the car, drive to Mickey D's and cheaper for a family of 4 to eat there? BS. Look at the average number of household workers by income quintile (here). Richer households are more likely to have two workers; poor households more likely to have one. One worker and poor households don't have the time to cook a meal? Come on! My parents both worked and somehow found time to cook. They must have been miracle workers. Oh wait, the poor people don't have time to cook since like good average Americans they spend 4.7 hours watching TV (source).
A two pound container of Quaker Oats costs less than cereal. Yeah, it ain't Cap'n Crunch, but you're poor. You don't eat Cap'n Crunch, and that denial of Cap'n Crunch makes you want to not be poor so you can afford it's sweet, cut your mouth goodness. Wow, 40 packets of instant oatmeal costs $11. Add tap water and that deal is 40 breakfasts for $11. Oh, the horrible oppression of big business! I could panhandle in Boston one day and make $11. We have to stop making excuses. You're fat because you take in more calories than you burn, and you've done so over a long period of time. Choice is all around us. We make little decisions every, single day. Some of us take the path of least resistance. Others get their ass off the couch and away from the Tv long enough to make a meal. Others take 5 minutes out of their day to prep for tomorrow's life. It is their choice to be fat. They should not be excused nor treated like children.
Ray Bradbury (read Farenheit 451 & look around), Orwell and Huxley (Brave New World and Farenheit 451 jockey for most accurate) were all right in certain ways about the future, but all three had a blind spot. They never predicted a future where over 1/4 of adults would allow themselves to be obese.
I had to wake up and be in for a 7am meeting. I am fired up.