Anti-obesity v. Anti-poverty

NM sent me this great post by Tom Colicchio from “Top Chef.” It’s pretty self-explanatory and I love the idea of making healthy and nutritious breakfasts and lunches available to all school children, period. And I love that he makes explicit that these “anti-obesity” efforts are more rightly framed as anti-poverty efforts.

But here’s the question I have–do you think it’s easier to get people on-board with anti-obesity campaigns because it means someone is being punished than it is to get them on-board with anti-poverty campaigns because it means someone, who might be undeserving, gets help?

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2 thoughts on “Anti-obesity v. Anti-poverty

  1. Yep, I totally agree. People, in general, are selfish when it comes to how their taxes are spent. Spend them on punishment, but don’t you dare spend those tax dollars helping out the needy – the needy wouldn’t be needy if they would just get off their butts and work as hard as the rest of us do….blah-de-blah-blah-blah.
    And most people who aren’t fat see anti-obesity campaigns as punishment for fat people, because we all got that way by eating too many baby-flavored donuts(TM) donchaknow? And those campaigns are out to take those donuts out of our fat, grubby paws and replace them with carrot sticks and lettuce leaves (like we don’t know how to choose healthy foods – not “can we afford them, are they sold close to where we live, do we have transportation to get there, etc, etc, etc”).

  2. Because I come from a heavily populated Republican area of the country, I hate to say it, but the more effective way to get most people on board would be the punishment route.

    Have we discussed Food Inc? Because I hadn’t given much thought to regular everyday (working) people with hunger issues – but that movie really opened my eyes – a family having to choose fast food over produce from the grocery store b/c it was cheaper to feed a family of four that way.

    Also, if people eat healthier, the need for healthcare (or as much healthcare) decreases.

    it’s that whole “ounce of prevention / pound of cure” thing…

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