Is Healthy Eating Only For Rich People?

When was the last time you had free range eggs, organic fruit and vegetables, or free range pork sitting in your shopping basket? I bet it was expensive.

Easier to buy that super-cheap loaf of white bread.

Can you really look at incomes as a contributor to obesity?

New research points to this. Data from over 5,500 adults and over 3,100 youths was analyzed. Two-thirds of the subjects were attempting to lose weight.

How Income Affects Weight Loss

Making less than $20,000?

  • 50 percent less likely to exercise.
  • 42 percent less likely to drink a lot of water.
  • 25 percent less likely to eat less fat and sweets.

(This is compared with those earning $75,000 or more).

Making between $20,000 and $75,000?

  •  50 percent more likely to use over-the-counter diet pills.

There are so many possible correlations, so many assumptions we can make.

The sad truth is that the adults in the study actually gained 3 pounds – in spite of their efforts.

Is It About Motivation?

Diet pills are not cheap, yet water is free, so that’s not a money issue. Maybe it’s about priorities. Dealing with excess weight doesn’t seem so important when you’re struggling to get through the grind each day.

I’ve seen creative and motivated people come up with healthy meal plans on a budget.

For me personally I’m just too lazy (just telling it like it is), and I end up spending way more money than I need to on food.

Patronizing The Poor

When you are on a comfortable income, it’s so easy to patronize the poor.  I often read comments like “why can’t they just live on oats and rice” or something to that effect.

You try living on some bland budget diet, then get back to me on that one. Especially after you’ve arrived exhausted from working your two jobs.

We just don’t know how things are for others unless we’ve walked in their shoes.

What’s your strategy? Do you think income affects your attitudes to managing your weight?


Ted Kallmyer is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition and is our lead macro coach. If you need help reaching your weight loss/fitness goals see our personal coaching options.
Last Updated: June 30, 2019