Poverty and Obesity – Not a paradox

“A lot of people think there is a yawning gap between hunger on the one end and obesity on the other. In fact, they’re neighbors…They are both signs of having insufficient funds to be able to buy the food that you need to stay healthy.” Raj Patel[1]

Tiffany[2] lives with her two young children in social housing in a low-income neighbourhood to the North of Washington DC. While the bureaucrats and consultants are dining out in the smart restaurants of the city, Tiffany is wondering what she is going to give her children for dinner. She works a low-wage job, and is not eligible for food stamps (SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)[3], and barely makes enough money each week to pay the basic bills. Continue reading