23 January 2013
The literature does not consistently suggest that poorer children are more likely to be obese although some research has demonstrated this.
A student of mine failed to understand the connection and suggested that if the parents have a lack of funding for food then surely themselves and their children should be deprived or food and therefore thinner.
Thinking more deeply about this though, fast and convenient foods are heavily marketed are less expensive than wholegrain, organic or fresh foods. Therefore, poorer families may be feeding their families unhealthy foods due to the low cost (as these products are mass produced) but ultimately, these foods typically have ’empty’ calories and contain high levels of saturated and hydrogenated fats.
Prarental education also needs to be considered in this argument.