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Why Unhealthy And Overweight People Are More Likely To Be Poor ?

Ever heard the expression : " Health Is The Biggest Wealth ? "

Have you noticed that healthy, fit people tend to be more positive, confident, more successful, and happier in general ?

On the other side, numerous studies show that low-income children and adults are far more likely to be overweight than those of greater means. And the statistical distribution fits a nice, neat curve – as income falls, the rate of obesity rises.

The primary reason that lower-income people are more overweight is because the unhealthiest and most fattening foods are the cheapest. If you were broke and had just three dollars to spend on food today, would you buy a head of broccoli or a Super Value Meal with French fries, a cheeseburger and a Coke?

Yes, we can blame economic injustice, but it's also true that most people who are unhealthy, obese, and poor, because :

  • Poor people are uneducated and ignorant about nutrition. (They never learned that Doritos and Twinkies are not a healthy meal). 
  • Poor people are too lazy (or too busy working) to cook real food. 
  • Poor people are too tired after working two jobs to get enough exercise. 
  • Poor people don’t have access to fitness centers and farmers markets.

In the declaration of independence of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, wrote one of the most widely quoted statements in history: "We hold these Truths to be selfevident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".

Life, Liberty and the Pursue of Happiness.

Both health and economic growth are fundamental determinants of the human right to "life": Poor health obviously shortens human life, but so does economic poverty.

Both health and economic growth are fundamental determinants of the human right to "liberty": unhealthy citizens do not have the freedom to move, work and make free decisions, and neither do poor citizens.

Both health and economic growth are fundamental determinants of the possibility to pursue happiness: Poor health directly reduces psychological well being by generating pain and suffering. Surveys consistently show that good health is the number one desire of men and women worldwide. Material well-being is the second cause of human concern.

In sum, both health and economic development are key factors when it comes to achieving the three basic human rights highlighted by Thomas Jefferson: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

At the end, it all comes to personal choices. And it all starts with taking actions.

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