From editorialist Hannah Lupien at the Sacramento Bee:
There is something to be said for fast food: It is quick, convenient and — especially — cheap. We all know that it’s bad for us, but when a bacon double-cheeseburger costs less than a head of lettuce, it might be hard to refuse.
Her editorial is about how poor folks can’t find cheap, healthy foods and, therefore, are at risk for diabetes, obesity and all the rest. And, of course, she is agitating for the government (who else) to do something about it.
My take is that cheap foods are only cheap foods in the buying of them. The long term consequences are not cheap, however. Even poor people have to pay to some extent for health care occasioned by their faulty diet, so money saved on cheap carbs is no long-term bargain. But the bacon double-cheeseburger that costs less than a head of lettuce can be eaten without the bun for no more money than one with the bun. In my opinion, what we need is more education as to what a ‘good’ diet is, but we’ll play hell getting our friends in Washington to promote a low-carb diet, when they are the very ones who have afflicted us with the food pyramid. And if our leaders rise to the bait and fund food for the poor as suggested by Ms. Lupien, they will just produce more of the same stuff that has driven the obesity epidemic they started by meddling in the first place back in 1977.