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I really get tired of hearing about all this. You don't have money to feed your family, stop making more babies. Oh yes, I am gonna get yelled at for that one but come on, we don't all live on farms and need 10 kids to work the farm so stop. The problem nowadays is that everyone wants what they want right now. Back when I went out on my own, I lived in a studio apt. that you could put one foot in the bathroom, one foot in the kitchen and lean over and your head was in the living space. I paid 80 bucks a month and 10 bucks for a light bill. People now want to move into a 3 bedroom house with a yard.
I watched the movie "A Place at the Table" and had a hard time feeling any sympathy for the women in the movie. They had tattoos, salon nails, and hair weaves. One of the families had pets they were feeding. I get it, the government subsidizes the corn, wheat, and soy farmers so that doritos and hamburger helper can be cheap and doesn't subsidize fruits and vegies but really there is food, it might not be the healthiest but after seeing the receipts with lobster and soda pop paid for with food stamps......that my taxes pay for,,,,yeah I am not real sympathetic.
It isn't the governments responsibility to put food on your table. IT IS YOURS.
I've seen enough of the world to know what real poverty and starvation look like; our starving people are the fattest in the world. I wonder how many of these obese poor plant gardens? Most communities have common garden spaces and most say they can't find enough people to fill them.
I have a garden, proof itself that it doesn't take a genius. You'd be surprised at how much good food you can grow on 2-300 sq. feet.
The country has changed dramatically in my lifetime; too many single mothers, too many deadbeat dads, too many drugs, too little self reliance. Some of the posters here are absolutely correct, we will lose the country if these things don't change.
If you haven't got enough money for food, the problem is simple.
It all comes down to a lack of jobs, and low pay because of stiff competition for jobs. It's that simple.
Back a few years MSNBC would have blamed Bush.
Notice that the media doesn't say ANYTHING about this!!!!!!!!!!
JOBS = Security, food on the table. It's that simple.
"Obese because they're not able to afford nutritious and high-protein food."
That's a lode of you know what if I ever heard one. Many people, not those with medical problems, are obese because they eat way too much fried foods which raise their calorie intake way too high. They take perfectly good ingredients and fry them in deep fryers until they are saturated - like fried chicken, fried donuts, fried potatoes, fried steaks, fried turkey, fried shrimp, fried catfish, fried oysters, fried pigs, fried squirrels and fried vegetables. Of course, there's always about a pound of BBQ fat brisket too and a six pack of beer to wash it down. Take a look at an NASCAR or NFL crowd stuffing their faces.
I don't believe this at all. We are the second most obese nation in the world. These families are on welfare and Medicaid. They will fill their carts with junk food until it is running over in the grocery stores. The kids and adults are always hungry because when you eat huge portions all day yes if they miss lunch, I am sure they feel hungry. This is propaganda. Parents of these children come in with smart phones, gel nails, and highlights in the hair. I work as family nurse practitioner in a very rural area with poverty. Our support staff who work for living and don't make much money but pay their bills don't have those toys or spend that kind of money on themselves I have patients and children with diabetes, hypertension and already presenting with severe Degenerative joint disease in the knees and will likely need knee replacements by their 30's. We don't have a hunger problem here we have a culture problem. The only people who go hungry are our mentally ill. I have about 5 that live on the streets. No services, no resources and no one cares. The government made this decision because people should not live in an institution so many mental hospitals have been closed and centers that take care of the mentally ill. I tried to place a very violent mentally ill patient who finally agreed to be placed . He waited 4 days in our ER while our ER Drs. took care of him for bed to open and could not get him placed so he was released again. We didn't have much money growing up but we cooked and ate left overs and no one was obese. We have young parents who don't even own cookware so how do you teach them. I just attended a Diabetes Conference and not one specialist there believes we have a hunger problem. We have too much food and the wrong foods. I work in a county with the highest poverty in the state. We have many problems with unwed mothers with high teenage pregnancy rate, people who will not apply for a job, lack of interest in education, sexually transmitted diseases, crime, parents who don't parent, and young people who are able to work bringing in social security disability forms to get on the government payroll. I am disappointed and ashamed of what our country has become and nothing surprises me anymore. I have been a family nurse practitioner now for 16 years and worked as a nurse for 25 years total. A lot has changed in that time and not for the good.
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