Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Is it expensive to get fat? - Thoughts about food, health and money

A Swedish boy asked an intelligent question to me the other day. "Is it expensive to get fat?" he asked. "It seems really cheap to buy chocolate and one gets sucked by the advertising," he continued. 


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The wise boy was right. In Sweden I sometimes see advertisements on candies that costs as much, or as little, as ground beef at a special price, while the normal meat and fish often are too expensive for a weekday dinner. Even the pork chops are more expensive than candy at a special price! The boy also thought it was unfair that children only get to eat candy on Saturdays while adults get to eat whenever they want. True! In Sweden, the sweets are  an important part of many people's lives. The Swedes have gained 5 kg per person on average since the 80's and 56% carry on excess weight. This despite the fact that more and more people are becoming poor. It's not expensive to get thick ...

Europe has, on average, 52% of obese people. In Italy the figure is 33%. Also in this Mediterranean country is increasing poverty one of the reasons why people gain weight. Fewer and fewer can afford to buy expensive proteins.  Although vegetables and fruit are cheap goods here in Italy, many people get full by eating a lot of carbohydrates.  We all need carbohydrates, but as we know they should be part of our meals, not the biggest part. 

Renoir: After the bath

It was not so long ago, it was beautiful to be chubby. Flesh was the sign that he had enough food at home while the poor went lean because the food was not enough.  I find the woman in the painting beautiful, don’t you?  Well, we all have different tastes and opinions, of course. However it is, and has always been difficult for the majority to achieve beauty ideals, even if you try. But is it to look good you should eat healthy food and stay in shape? Isn’t it because you want to be healthy?

Overweight people are more likely to get diseases like diabetes and heart problems and it is an important reason not to exceed the limit for obesity. Fruits and vegetables are important components of the diet and it is not expensive to eat lettuce and broccoli in Sweden either. On the other hand, it is also important not to eat too little. Eating disorders such as anorexia become more and more common in today's society, and we should be careful of how our children and young people eat. The French actress Nolita (below) made a campaign to bring attention on anorexia. She then died at age 28.

Photo: Lapilli

To do exercise on a regular basis and eat for the right reason (hunger) is a good recipe for well-being. Let us eat because we're hungry and make sure we have the joy of food at the table. If you eat food at fixed hours and try to move as much as possible doing the body gets healthy.

But of course the boy is right! It should not be so cheap to get fat! Foods like meat and fish should cost less than candy. Everyone should be able to afford to buy and eat healthy food. What do you think?

Thank you, lovely boy, for today's inspiration!

Take care,



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