Thursday, August 4, 2011

nutrition as privilege

A news story points out that the well-heeled are better positioned to be healthy.

An update of what used to be known as a food pyramid in 2010 had called on Americans to eat more foods containing potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin D and calcium. But if they did that, the journal Health Affairs said, they would add hundreds more dollars to their annual grocery bill.

Everywhere, disparity in income tells the same tale -- those who have, prosper; those who have not, are stricken. And there is no teaching the prosperous that their prosperousness amounts to little more than ego-tripping and cruelty if they give no thought or effort to those who are less prosperous.

Railing invective or soothing, well-shaped arguments make no difference: Whether prosperous or stricken, there is no convincing a man to get his head out of his ass until he convinces himself.

Of course the good thing about noticing mistakes is that anyone might have the opportunity not to repeat them.

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