vickyjakesmum They won’t resolve anything until fruit, vegetables and good quality food is cheaper than all the high salt high fat e-numbered rubbish they sell in the supermarkets these days.
+1 on this for absolute truth! I’m on DWP (Invalided from employment) and in most cases the cost of healthy food is considerably higher than the carp*-laden manufactured stuff that we’re forced to live off! 🍕 🍔 👎️
(* - Not a typo, nor a fish. The profanity filter here is a bit jittery! 🐟️ 😉 )
There is a theory out there that the cost of healthy food is deliberately kept above that of unhealthier stuff to force people in my social class into a state of poorer health. In capitalist environments (Like the UK) keeping the poor down and exploiting their desire for a “Normal” life (Which I’d argue is actually a basic human right) allows commercials to profit from them, and reduces social security burdens by limiting our lifespans to a point south of 60. 🤯 🇬🇧 👎️
The validity of this theory is disputable - And depending on where you stand might range anywhere from very real to flat earth in terms of probability - But for those of us in disadvantaged positions who want to be able to eat healthily but who aren’t given the income to do so, this theory seems perfectly plausible. ⚠️
vickyjakesmum But really it’s up to us as individuals to make better choices. They are there and available, it’s free to walk, it’s fairly inexpensive to put a meal on the table if you cook it from scratch yourself at home. I’m not a meat eater, I would imagine that ups the cost of a meal a fair bit, that’s why people buy cheap sausages, pies etc.
It can also depend on whether those choices are indeed available to you or not, though. I cycle quite a lot so I do at least avoid the more visible effects of a terrible diet, but there are less visible things - Which are life-limiting in nature - Which become very clear with just a quick peek at my medical records. 🤯
Because of various things connected with my mental health I have an inability to cook anything safely without supervision, unless it’s something that can be prepared using just a kettle. If I cook anything at all it’s on my friends cooker, and only with his advice and oversight throughout. 🍳 ⚠️
Despite this and other things though, my local authority have persistently refused to deliver the support and assistance that I need to be able to live anything akin to a normal life - Not because there’s a lack of need, but more because there’s a supposed (And I challenge the validity of this) lack of funding. However it’s also interesting to note that relatives of local Conservative members who have similar problems to mine are still being accommodated despite said lack of funding, which means that there is definitely something dodgy going on around here! 🇬🇧 🤔 👎️
I’ve even asked about getting Meals on Wheels so I can at least consume a proper, balanced diet…But they don’t even have the decency to do that! 😠
vickyjakesmum But as soon as they went to collage, got a job, a bit of money in their pockets, they started on KFC, Domino’s etc
This is the turning point for a lot of people, in my observation. It’s not just to do with the speed and convenience of fast-food compared with home-cooked food, but the way modern workplaces and roles function - Which don’t give anybody time to cook proper meals before reaching senior positions (With fewer time constraints) - Make it difficult or impossible for people to actually eat properly even at home! 🤯
In this respect, the only people who are lucky enough to be able to eat and live healthily are those in high income roles which don’t have so much time pressure associated with them, and who have a partner at home who can have a hot, healthy meal ready on the table for them as soon as they get through the door…And precious few of us are fortunate enough to be in that position! 🍽️
123kingarthur you are so right and I wonder if parents stopped getting their children start eating this rubbish at an early age it would help.
Probably not - There’s a natural inclination to explore and try out anything you’ve been denied during childhood. In the context of food this would mean that any child shielded from sweets, junk food and other unhealthy options throughout their childhood - Rather than being allowed to sample them in a controlled manner (The occasional McDonalds during shopping trips, for example) - Is likely to sample them as adults, become addicted to the engineered taste, and won’t have anybody able to intervene to stop them buying and eating more junk than is reasonable. 💸 🍔 ⚠️
I can see this sort of thing happening with children who grow up and move out of additive-free and vegan homes who generally won’t have had the childhood experiences of sweets, candy, and engineered food for the Soul rather than the body. As soon as they realise “Hey! I can buy the things my parents wouldn’t let me have and they can’t stop me now!” there’s a strong vulnerability of them becoming hooked on junk foods as they are now able to sample them without moderation. 🤯
My personal stance on this therefore is: Even if you have certain personal principles - You avoid meat, dairy or E-numbers, for example - You should still let your child sample them so that they can experience them in a balanced light, learn about them, and make their own (More informed) choices when the time comes for them to do so. It’d be much better for them if they learn about fast food through you as a child, rather than through their friends in a much less moderated Teenage environment! 🥋 👍️
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