Here’s a study from the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (which may I say I am happy exists) that talks about the link between household instability and obesity—specifically, obesity in mothers.
Thirty-eight percent of mothers in low-instability households were obese, while nearly 48 percent in high-instability households were obese.
The researchers rated household instability by taking into account parental stress (for instance, whether mothers felt alone or trapped by their responsibilities), financial instability and ability to keep food on the table.
We all know we’re facing a frightening economy right now, and I think there are a lot of people out there feeling financially unstable, and worrying about feeding their kids. We’ve talked about the link between poverty and obesity before—remember the revelation that poor, obese children actually weren’t eating enough?
Scott Marcus is a “Thinspirational” (gag) speaker, but does ultimately evince compassion for the people talked about in the study. He imagines this scenario:
“Hi Honey, I was laid off from work. Won’t that be grand? Now we have even more time to spend together. So I was thinking we take a day and do something fun. What would you like to do?”
“Well, let’s see. How ’bout if we try to pay our bills with too little money, stretch our food budget beyond the breaking point, almost declare bankruptcy due to medical bills, fight to stay in the house, and try and keep all the children quiet and content? That would be relaxing, wouldn’t it?”
“Can’t wait! Life’s just one big vacation, isn’t it?”
I guess what I’m getting at here is that we have no idea what kind of pressures people are under, and compassion instead of judgment and finger-pointing should rule the day. What are your thoughts on fat and the economy, or the fact that it is mothers (and not fathers or children) who are being discussed here?
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