Wednesday, October 15, 2008
BLOG ACTION DAY - POVERTY
The Happy Meal
I watched a documentary a while ago - it was about a morbidly obese family who were living off takeaways. A steady diet of processed meat, too much salt, an abundance of fat, enhanced flour, refined sugar had eventually led to the father being cut out out his house and carted off for a gastric bypass to try and stop him dying before his time.
Thousands of dollars were ploughed into this family to try and educate them that overeating was possibly dangerous to their health. In the meantime they were still feeding burgers to the four-month-old baby.
When it was announced that it was cheaper to feed a family on takeouts than it was to prepare the mega abundance of local fresh food I was nearly physically sick.
What kind of twisted world am I living in where poverty can kill you with overeating, or kill you with undereating?
Isn't it about time we looked at the difference and started to redress the balance? Aren't we all entitled to a well balanced happy meal that isn't going to kill us?
Somehow I don't think the mother of the child below would understand that concept either.
Today is BLOG ACTION DAY - POVERTY (see the link on the top right for more details).
Over 11 million people are going to read blog posts on the subject of poverty - please read some of them because it applies to all of us.