Filthy rich or broke? Your body gives clues
All income classes are laden with pollutants, but the folks who eat sushi are ingesting far different chemicals than poorer chain smokers.
In the U.S., self-polluting isn't typically a class issue. As Quartz points out, the entire population is loaded with chemicals like mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium and bisphenol A. We eat fish, we drink out of plastic containers, and we generally end up consuming a lot of the same things that make us big, walking dumping grounds.
A new study, however, indicates that it's how we live and consume at the margins that's making the toxins of the top 1% different from those on the lower rungs of the economic ladder. Jessica Tyrrell and colleagues from the University of Exeter, using data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, found that people who can afford to eat more sushi tend to be teeming with mercury, arsenic, cesium and thallium -- all of which accumulate in fish and shellfish.
The same group can afford to sun itself for weeks at a time along the Cote d'Azur, so it also tends to be chock full of benzophenone-3, aka oxybenzone, which is the active ingredient in most sunscreens. The EU is currently investigating that ingredient, which critics suggest may actually encourage the very skin cancer it's supposed to ward off.
America's poor, meanwhile, are far more likely to smoke and, as a result, tend to build up higher levels of lead and cadmium. The lead found in the paint of the aging U.S. housing stock hasn't helped in this regard. The poor are also far more likely to ingest large amounts of bisphenol-A, a substance used to line the cans and other containers of cheap foods.
Prior to this, common wisdom implied that the rich were more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and avoid energy drinks and fast food than their less wealthy counterparts. While that may still be true, it's the occasional indulgences that are pushing them to deaths that usually come at a far lesser cost.
Food Stamps are one of the most abused and wasteful social program this country has ever developed. A family of four receives more money monthly then my family of five spends a month on food. The amount paid out each month should be cut by at least one third. Purchases by food stamps should be (if not already) restricted to the following: Fresh/frozen non prepared meats & fish, fresh/frozen non prepared vegetables, deli meats/cheeses, canned goods, breads, non sweetened dairy, and non sweetened juices. The following should always be banned, and processes need to be in place where not already, to restrict: Soda, bottled water, power and energy drinks, sweetened juices, coffee, tea, ice cream, candy, energy bars, any pre-prepared meals or sandwiches, snacks/junk food, or any food that is mail ordered or shipped anywhere. If these rules would be followed, and recipients would learn how to shop and properly eat, no one would be hungry and we the taxpayers would save billions.
.........the reality is much different than this article portraits.......................
There is no doubt that years of eating fast food, hot dogs, fatty hamburger meat, high sodium lunch meats will make you fat, sluggish with early heart issues.
Not smoking, eating qualilty seafood, chicken and low sodium lunch meats along with regular exercise will likely improve your lifestyle while maintaining a healhy weight. I've never met an obese person that truly was happy with themselves both outward and inward!!
The additives and growth hormones that are put in the animals food transfer to us too. Look back 50 years ago, you didn't see 9 yr old girls wearing a D-cup bra not like you do now. With the cost of living like it is, people are busier, working two jobs, running kids....parents don't have time to put out a garden or take care of livestock for their own consumption. Fast food places become the normal dinner stop. As life goes on....chasing the almighty dollar will end up killing us all : (
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It really depends on how 'filthy rich' or 'broke' are defined..Filthy rich - Do you do what you love to do so much so that your job, which pays 10.00/hr, doesn't feel like work most days? You may certainly be considered (en) rich (ed). Are you enslaved by consumer debt even though you are paid 6 figures? You may certainly be considered broke. Same with quality of friends and interaction with family...same with personal satisfaction felt when navigating life...same with degree of health. Rich and poor may often be defined by dollar bills, but I've known many more dollar poor individuals who take pride in an honest days work, have the love of family and friends and live wisely within their means which probably results in a healthier low stress body - in short, very wealthy in ways that count - than dollar rich individuals who couldn't buy that piece of mind no matter how much they are paid. So, can we all stand back and reassess where we rank in the scale of life? Although I am very careful with the funds I have, money does not in itself define life's riches. I smoke on occasion and partake in fine seafood on occasion, I don't believe either is due to wealth or lack thereof. I'm also content with life and like many, I suppose I take issue to being placed in a nice neat box because someone performed a study that says I belong in that box.
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