THIS JUST IN: Study Says ‘Cheap, Fast Food Could Contribute to Obesity’


By Shawn Paul Wood Comment

THIS JUST IN 2I know, right?!

I mean in this world of microwavable news and drive-thru headlines, you would think this country would not have missed this before now. Fret no longer, fellow Americans. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has put those fears to rest, thanks to its latest press release.

In this “groundbreaking” release, the ACS cites a review that says fast food and its dastardly inexpensive price points are to blame for obesity.

Reasons for this rise in obesity have been suggested in the review, such as “snack food, automobiles, television, fast food, computer use, vending machines, suburban housing developments, and portion size.”


The “breaking news” continues to tell us things about the great American diet that we already knew, but turned our backs on daily.

After examining available evidence, the authors say widespread availability of inexpensive food appears to have the strongest link to obesity. They write: “Americans are spending a smaller share of their income (or corresponding amount of effort) on food than any other society in history or anywhere else in the world, yet get more for it.”

In the 1930s, Americans spent one-quarter of their disposable income on food. By the 1950s, that figure had dropped to one-fifth. The most recent data show the share of disposable income spent on food is now under one-tenth.


And really cheap too. Maybe that has something to do with it?

It all goes back to the great Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me,” which cast a black cloud on the world of huge sizes of fat-inducing spillage for pennies on the dollar. Today, Americans have the cheapest food in history, the review says. The problem with that is the implied “(fast) food.”

Anyone shop for healthy food recently? If you have, I would like your contract because you certainly make more than most. It seems the healthier the food gets, the more expensive it becomes. If there is any #PRWin to be had there, someone at Whole Foods, Sprouts, or any Farmer’s Market should make all that good stuff — cheap stuff.

According to Worldometers (a great website for flacks who adore research), there are more than 530 million obese people in the world. How much you want to bet every single one of those people, if given $5 would think they would be able to get more food at a healthy store versus the Golden Arches?

That’s not a #McFail, people. That’s the American economy. That’s life. And until someone with a healthy conscience opens a fast (and cheap) health food drive-thru, that’s the way it will always be.