Are High Food Prices Causing Obesity?

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As a personal trainer, I like to keep informed about the rate of obesity in the world. I also like to keep informed about the cost of healthy eating. The question that needs to be asked is that how much of an impact do rising food prices have on obesity? I have been reading a few articles about families trying to cut back on spending hence eating cheaper and unhealthy food. If we have a look at this subject in greater depth, how much of a difference is there in costs between good food and potentially bad food? I don't believe there is as much as you think. 

A great example to use is fast food or takeaways. When I used to eat a takeaway for two people, it would usually cost somewhere between £10 and £15. If you are feeding a family of three or four and doing this three times per week, then that adds £50-£60 to the weekly shopping bill. That would probably go some way to buying healthy food such as fruit and vegetables. I also see products like pizza and chips not being very cheap when purchased in a family size. Fast food is the same, the average meal is about £4? My weekly fruit and vegetables cost me about £20 and I eat loads of it. 

It is more expensive to eat healthy food in certain areas, if we look at the frozen food section of a supermarket then you can get really cheap meals in packets and boxes but this is where I see the only significant cost difference between healthy and unhealthy. I believe that sometimes factors like the economy can be used to try and justify obesity rates. If we are just talking about over consumption of calories then you would need to eat more of the cheap food anyway so it would cost the same or more than the healthy food? 

I do not believe enough is done to educate people on creative ways to eat healthy food and this could go a long way to bridging this gap. The truth is that the fast food industry is booming and this food is not cheap, you can get two bags of  six apples for price of an average meal at a fast food restaurant. Obesity has vastly increased with the increase in fast food chains and outlets. This is not addressed by the authorities to try and put warnings on this type of food like they do with alcohol. The reason I use fast food as an example is because it isn't cheap to get a decent meal or even feed a family. 

In conclusion, I do believe that there is a perception that healthy food is more expensive but it is often used without due consideration. I do not believe as a society we should give up on trying to educate people to avoid obesity by making better choices rather than creating excuses. 

 

Hi I'm John Hill, I am a personal trainer based in Birmingham. If you are tired of fad diets, boring exercise programmes or you just want to get back in those skinny jeans, I am the man to help! After losing five stone  myself I know how tough it is so I would love to help you achieve your goals 

http://johnhill.inspiringfitness.co.uk

 

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