The inaccessibility of fresh, healthy foods to low-income Americans disproportionately affects an already disadvantaged group. That is, the poor individuals forced to base their diet on unhealthy amounts of processed and fast foods. Large food corporations have a stake in the issue as well because if their product is not the only option for this group of people, they might face monetary consequences.
If we lived in a perfect world, these divergent sides could compromise on a solution that might alleviate the stress of this issue. I touched on a few potential resolutions in my last post. Unfortunately, we currently live in a highly polarized and politicized society.
Despite the two sides most effected, the largest group this issue involves actually includes every tax-paying American. If we cannot reduce obesity rates significantly in the coming years, the cost of healthcare will continue to rise exponentially. Heart Disease accounts for 30% of national medical expenditures. Furthermore, 53% of Americans covered by Medicaid suffer from a form of Cardiovascular Disease. Not only does this affirm that impoverished individuals are at a major health disadvantage, it also means that tax-payers are in part fronting the bill. Healthcare in and of itself is an incredibly heated and politicalized issue, but one thing I think everyone could agree on is that guaranteeing these individuals ha
ve the necessary tools to maintain their health, healthcare would be a hell of a lot cheaper.