The New Face of Hunger

Why are people malnourished in the richest country on Earth?

This problem has plagued the United States and continues to grow. Often times people think that if people want to eat healthy the people can just switch to healthier options at grocery stores instead of going to fast food. The problem for many families is the lack of accordance for these necessities. In many regions of the United States, the standard of living continues to rise with increasing bill payments without any increase in the wages that they receive. This often times is the underlying problem of the inability to access fresh food.

In the article by the National Geographic it shows how families from rural Iowa have an inability to access food alternatives from what they receive from food stamps and food banks. Food Banks do help out with the family problem of food shortage but contain high amounts of fat, sugar, and salt from canned food and instant food mixes. Though the family in Iowa look overweight and maybe obese this “healthy” look is far from the true where “people making trade-offs between food that’s filling but not nutritious and may actually contribute to obesity”.

In the heart of Houston, it may be impossible to tell who is struggling to have food on the table. The suburbs are the home of the American dream, but they are also a place where poverty is on the rise. As urban housing has gotten more expensive, the working poor have been pushed out. The people mask this lack of food by an illusion of making ends meet by shopping for second hand cloths and drive cars. Many people in Houston live on what is called a minimum waged diet.

The root of the problem to food accessibility is mostly economically where people are unable to afford healthier alternatives. Solving this problem will take the nation to change some social and economic structure that we have in place as of now.


One thought on “The New Face of Hunger”

  1. There’s a lot of problems with getting healthier food for cheaper, because many malnourished people are overweight/obese. This is due to lack of nutrients in high-carbohydrate, high-processed sugar food options (mainly fast food). The fatphobia and beauty standards are preventing people from understanding that these people are not overweight because they are eating too much nutritious food, it’s that they aren’t eating enough of it.
    Great article, Stan – you are touching on important points of current interest in American culture, specifically in diet.


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