Excessive accumulation of fats in the body primarily leads to obesity, although other detrimental effects like reduction in life expectancy and increased health problems may worsen such event. A popular columnist on obesity and health reform analyzed that if you see obesity you see poverty. These two are pertanal twins; they go hand in hand in their entire journey. This connection depends on the lifestyle of the poor people based on their financial abilities. Poverty is obesity because poor people eat poor quality diet, which leads to this effect; these people cannot afford subscriptions to recreational activities, which checks on their body mass, and they are prone to psychological stress, which increases their body food intake thus becoming overweight. This paper does a final assessment for this in three models using an elaborate description to bring out the pictures vividly, the first segment ascertains and discuss various reasons as to why and how poor people consume poor diet, the second part explore reasons as to why poor people are obese due to failure to engage in sports activities, while the last section the reader will know how psychological stress, which leads to obesity, affects poor people than rich people.
The first reason for this trend lies in the relationship between obesity and diet quality. There is heated debate on the relationship between poverty and obesity over health care reform. The obesity monsters continue to eat a bigger portion of resources that could have gain value in other segments. Just like HIV/AIDS, this condition is seeping through the entire continents with its devastating effect. If institution of sound mechanisms does not gain the attention it requires then this problem will continue clinging on the shoulders of the entire society. This bondage is so strong that some forces applied to break its joining bond may turn out unfruitful. Breaking the bond may require interventions from all stakeholders with massive investment in medical education/preventive measures as opposed to supportive care, this is because self management is like giving the growing baby a chance to discover more detains on the earth with their developmental process. Obesity accounts for large budgets in many countries’ spending on medical care. It will be rare to find a healthy diet among the poor population because the most affordable diet comprises of greasy diets (Engber, 2009; Kuo et al., 2007). Such diets are cheaper than healthy diets like the lean meat, fish, fresh vegetables, and fruits. Taking these foods is like doing justice to one’s healthy living. Lowering the cost of energy-dense foods, palatable sugars, and fats prove is like digging an obese pit whose capacity shall remain viable for the years to come. In this case, most poor people become more obese and overweight as they consume more added sugars and fats and spend lower part of their disposable income on food (Caballero, 2007). This asserts the fact that consumption of more sugars/fat is becoming more obese and overweight. For this reason, poor people and obesity is like a family that holds the virtue of togetherness because of the circumstances that lead them to spending less on unhealthy foods. That why cheap will always be expensive. This would mean, therefore, that growing in poverty is growing in obesity prevalence zone. Further, there is a relationship between poverty and obesity in the fact that low income people may lack the time to prepare their own meals, and they prefer buying cheap, fast foods. This happens because, as rational consumers, the cost of preparing one’s own means supersedes the cost of buying an already prepared meal (Kuo et al., 2007). In this respect, the poor eat a diet that exposes them to obesity unlike the rich who have access to healthy foods and prompt medical intervention. This proves the fact that poverty is catalytic to a full blown obesity.
The second reason for this relationship lies in the fact that, checking obesity involves engagement in sporting activities as well as indoor exercises. Healthy living is exercising. Obesity is lifestyle and lifestyle is obesity. A tree moulded when still green is likely to take the new shift than when it gets hard and dry, this is also true with curbing detrimental effects of obesity at an earlier state.The way we execute our daily chores may also have a lasting impression of getting the condition or not, engagement in sports and gymnasium activities will help check the development of this condition (Saylor, 2006). There are clubs, which require subscription for one to be a member to benefit from their fitness facilities. However, poor people cannot afford subscriptions to these sports clubs. Accumulation of uncontrolled fats and weight is like breeding and nurturing obesity. Moreover, poor people lack the time to engage in luxuries because living from hand-to-mouth economic lifestyle is a norm (Caballero, 2007). The little money they get can neither feed nor give them a saving for what they consider luxurious undertakings like subscribing to clubs and sports. Unless the burning candle lies on the table, these people will never enjoy the light as long as it continues lighting below. Closely connected to this is the fact that while rich people spend their time in healthy activities like sports, poor people derive their pleasure in lifestyles, which expose them to dangers of obesity, addressing the issues of poverty will shade light in reversing these effects.
The third reason is that hardship living of the poor resembles multiple psychological stresses put in one place. Diet specialists have found out that stressed people eat comfort foods, which are high in sugars and fats, inappropriately (Kuo et al., 2007). Moreover, stress alters the body’s production and storage of fats as it unlocks body’s fat cells. This is as good as doing injustice to the body. With the poverty struggles and increased stress, poor people’s bodies produce a lot of digestive juices, which hastens digestion and absorption of food in their bodies (Engber, 2009). Stressors increases food intake and their retention in the body. Ballooning of the body is not healthy; this should be the warning signs for action.
In this paper, we have seen that there is a relationship between obesity and poverty because poor people are only able to access cheap, greasy foods that make them obese. Richness is healthy living while poverty is obesity. Unlike rich people, who can afford healthy foods and diets like lean meat, fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, poor people will prefer buying their food from roadside hotels rather than preparing their own meals. This cheap food later becomes expensive. Poor people also lack economic ability to enable them to afford subscriptions in sports activities, which could check on their weight and body mass. The paper has also put to light that stress is increased food intake. Therefore, with poor people exposed to psychological stress, they are susceptible to obesity. Lastly, poor people derive their pleasure and happiness on eating activity and unhealthy intake of drugs, which expose them to obesity. It all boils down to poor people’s lifestyles and how those lifestyles contribute to obesity. This makes a clear understanding that there is a close relationship between poverty and obesity, which are sisters and continues biting the majority with their sharp teeth.