|QUOTE (Melchior @ Tuesday, Apr 9 2013, 16:01)|
Because they may not have the time, energy or skills to prepare it, because the kids will winge if they eat something bland every night. Maybe they just care less about healthy eating than higher income families.
I don't know all the factors, but there's definitely a reason the less well-off get by on junk food, while you can't even find a McDonalds in richer neighbourhoods. The link between poor diet and low socioeconomic status is undeniable, whatever the cause.
I partially agree. Of course, you are spot on about about the connections between low income and poor diet and have highlighted some of the contributing factors- some which apply to all sectors of the workforce, some which don't. But the link between low socioeconomic status/low income and poor diet is a primarily Anglocentric idea. That is, it exists mostly in the English speaking developed world. It does not, for instance, apply in Spain, France, Italy, Greece or much of the Middle East, where obesity is almost solely confined to the middle and upper classes. Therefore the link between low income and poor diet is a societal one- suggesting that the income isn't actually the defining characteristic but another social aspect- lifestyle, for instance- is.