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From my recent observations on the news, and my past experience living in the south, I observed a common situation with those whom are considered "poor" or lower/working class. A considerable percentage are seriously overweight. Not just the parents, but the kids too. We hear about taking care of the poor and the needy and that is a good thing. But there is rarely ever spoken of the idea that if these people are poor, then there should also be a measure of them taking care of themselves. How poor are they really when they are eating so much food that they are overweight? I know this idea sounds cruel and that is not my intention. But I do have an issue with a person having their house going into foreclosure and being obesely overweight. I have a problem with the children of low income parents spending more time eating than they are being educated. Perhaps there is a need to bring priorities back into alignment.
This title/topic also has another layer in reference to something less physical and more in a political/economical sense as well. The United States was once considered a great nation. Today I see a country where the government is getting fatter, yet we are spending more money than we are bringing in - we are a poor country governmentally speaking. Yet we are getting fatter. How can we as a people justify being fat and poor? Should we not seek to become a healthier nation? What is our priority as a country? Is it debt service, or is it is essential public services?