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Demand Good Health, Receive Good Health
Not many consumers understand the true depth of their purchasing abilities. The majority of consumers walk into supermarkets thinking that they are limited to their surrounding products. Most of the time, these products have been “constructed”, not grown, in a manner that has been slowly chipping away at the overall health of Americans since the late 1900’s. Industrially grown foods have been taking control of the market, and creating mass profits for these large industrial food industries. However, these products are not all healthy for the consumers, being that they contain artificial sugars, fats, and calories that cause health problems. What is worse than that is that the everyday consumer knows these issues but continues to buy them due to limitations. Many of the shoppers do not know where else to shop, not many consumers know which foods are readily available, and unfortunately not many people can afford to live a healthy life style.
Are the large corporations to blame? They’re just doing their jobs, making food for America and making good money doing it. Is it their fault that lower income families get stuck in the cycle of buying their cheap foods just to feed their families? When it comes down to it, no. Kristen Wiig and Chery Smith conducted an experiment that analyzed how lower income women shop for their families on a 50 dollar budget. Their article illustrated that these women shop at the same place, where there are not many alternative healthier products, but instead where they could make a good buy on sales. The foods they bought were meats, and foods with high amounts of artificial fats and sugars, and bought very little, if any vegetables (Smith and Wiig 1727-1730).
These large corporations have every right to do what they are doing. Sure it is frowned upon, but at the end of the day they are a business, and just like all the other companies, they want to make money. Unfortunately, their consumers are nationwide and depend on their products, regardless of their health.
Why should you be concerned? Well that’s the easy question. You have some obvious concern for your health as you’re reading this blog, and if you do not, let me highlight why you should be. The foods coming into households greatly affect all members of the families, especially the children. Parke E. Wilde, and Jerusha N. Peterman conducted an experiment that focused on the weight gain and loss of the family members of different financial classes. The subjects were weighed at the beginning of the year and then reported over a 12 month span their weight change every month. (Peterman and Wilde 1395). What they found was that lower income families gained the most amount of weight, due to their inability to purchase healthier foods. This indicated that childhood obesity was more likely to occur in lower income families (Peterman and Wilde 1398-1399). If this trend were to continue, what will that mean for you and me, or more importantly, our children?
As a young student heading into the world, I have personally witnessed this circling epidemic. Being on a budget and trying to take care of all your financial issues is hard, and many times too often, purchasing food is placed on the back burner of our financial stoves. This being said, it is easier to buy cheaper foods, I get that. What I want to do however, is try to and make it so we as consumers make an effort to try and make healthier foods easily available. If we as consumers demand for healthier foods to be more available and to be less expensive, than within just a few years, corporations will have to supply that demand.
This may sound a little too easy, or even a little crazy, but research done by Tatiana Adreyeva, Michael Long, and Kelly Brownell proposes that fluctuating prices of foods can be caused by demand (Adreyeva, Brownell, and Long 216). Since the turn of the industrial century, the demand for low profit foods skyrocketed, making these cheaply produced foods cheaper and more available (Adreyeva, Brownell, and Long 218), simply because people wanted to save money. But now, in today’s society, we as people demand them because we need them to live comfortably. Now the way I think about, why can’t the same notion be used to demand high quality foods to be introduced to the mass market at cheaper, or at least affordable prices?
Together, as people, we are stronger than all the corporations combined, and at the end of the day, they’re making money off of the consumer, not the other way around. We control these large industries by the horns, even though we feel like we are being trampled. And I know this may not have a direct impact on us immediately, but you could benefit your children, and their children, and turn America back into a strong and healthy country
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