Affording Healthy Food

So there's this picture going around Facebook with an obese mom and her two kids. She says (basically) that she's too poor to be healthy, she also has orange hair and tattoos. (if I could find the article, I'd share it.. but all anybody is linking to is the picture.)

There are many ways I agree with her. If she is a working mom (assumptions will go on..lol), she could be working two or three jobs and doesn't feel like she has time (or maybe even no knowledge) on how to cook from scratch, and throwing in a pizza or two or some chicken nuggets for supper is a lot easier and faster when your kids are hungry.

When you go through the meat aisle and see the high prices, it's daunting, you don't know how you are going to be able to afford enough food for everybody for the amount of money you have. And that's just one part of your meal. Prices vary SO MUCH. (A pound of ground hamburger here is at best 3.59, apples are around 2.00 a lb, potatoes are around 3.00 for 5 lbs, eggs are 1.79 a dozen at the cheapest).

You don't need a gym membership to exercise. This is a hard one for me. My husband is in the severe obese category. Nobody will or can help him until he looses weight, he can't loose weight until we can afford a gym membership and a personal trainer to make sure he does it safely because he has twisted vertebrae. He literally cannot stand for five minutes. He can't walk up a flight of stairs. I'm not trying to make excuses for him, and neither is he-but as far as the exercise goes, it seems impossible. The woman in question is standing, holding her child. She can walk around the yard to begin with and work up to walking around the block and so on. Yes, walking is boring-but it's a start and it's free.

You start small. We are starting by eliminating most snacks and the snacks that are left we are switching to homemade and low to no calorie snacks. I am also learning how to bake from scratch. That has to be the biggest thing that I think most families face now, baking and cooking from scratch, especially if mom and dad both work full time.

Perhaps people should help this woman learn how to budget rather than calling her names.

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    10/09/14
    I saw that article and it really upset me. It upset me because the way it was written. It made sure to call attention to her tattoos, etc.

    It was written to clearly incite those who have not had to struggle, or have had to struggle very little. Obviously you get it Tabitha, and so do I. But so many people have shared that article and called her all kinds of horrid things.

    The truth is, it DOES cost more to eat healthy. If you've ever been so poor that a few boxes of mac and cheese or packages of ramen are what you can afford for the week then you get it. NONE of that is good for you, and it's very high calorie, but it's cheap.
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    10/09/14
    Exactly. I meant to say something about the hair.. If she has problem affording food, she shouldn't dye her hair (but then that goes back into budgeting and nobody knowing how...).. the tattoos, for all I know, she could have gotten pre-kids.

    People have to be taught. Food prices need to go down. Some people cannot afford it. Period. WIC cuts kids off at 5, and their income requirements are higher than food stamps. But they need to teach people who need the help how to cook and how to budget. That will help some, but sometimes there just isn't room and you have to buy what will feed your family.
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      10/09/14
      I'll have to haunt Katie's wall to find it. :) I'm interested in reading the article. Yes, small changes work wonders. But people have to be taught that.
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      10/09/14
      Yeah. I just saw that.. I just have no words. She doesn't WANT to. I'm learning from hubby, obesity is like any other addiction. You have to want to fix the problem or nothing will help. I about spit my water out when I read 'Swimming costs 22 pounds and that meant I had to give up pizza and chinese food'.
      I'm not saying she shouldn't treat herself every once in awhile.. because eating just healthy food is boring (especially when there are food allergies to contend with).. But there's a difference.
      Was that liqour or some sort of soda in the top of the cupboard. and marshmallow fluff? That stuff is so nasty.
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        4Katie
        This post has a link to the article: https://moms.com/post/496440/obese-mother-says-sh…
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        Thanks!
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          10/09/14
          Ok. Unemployed living off benefits... I'm done. I'm not even gonna start because it will be mean.

          Except for this.. Food Stamps should have a budget class requirement-with somebody coming to YOUR house to look at YOUR budget, not just examples in the book. And they should have a cooking class requirement.
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            10/09/14
            Yes, we are there.. Insults don't help.
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