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Classism and diet

Posted By: Sue
Date: April-12, 1998 at 17:25:20

I was thinking this forum would be a good opportunity to crystallize some thoughts on classism and diet. Nearly every day I think about the relationship between class and food. I work in a school where students are mostly from poor/working class black or immigrant families. Many of these students do not sleep well at night, and they do not eat well. My fifth period class is right after lunch, and you should see what they eat! Nearly every day I have to send some students to the nurse after lunch. Most of what they eat is bad carbs and junky greasy food that makes them sick. They are also prone to allergies, colds, and infections.

Anyhow, my thoughts are these. Even if they had access to good diet information, how would they use it? For example, where would they get good organic meats, fruits, and vegetables? First of all, they do not have the money. Second, health food stores and stores like Seekers and Whole Foods are not in their neighborhoods. They do have Fiesta and maybe Kroger or HEB, but that's about it.

Truly, classism plays a big part here. Poor and working class people have to pay more for food that's designed for them -- high in bad carbs and fats -- and do not have acess to high quality organic foods. At my school, these foods are simply not offered. The drink of choice is Coke or juice; the food of choice is chips or something fried. Every day! Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

If we REALLY want a Diet Revolution in this country, what do we do about the millions and millions of people who need not only access to good information but also the means to use it.

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