That appeal is alluring to many, including most of the Democrats running for President in '08, who think that poverty in 2007 is like poverty back in Dickensonian times with hordes of malnourished children attending school (in between an hour of sleep and their sixteen hour workday as a chimney sweep or boot black).
But according to a new study/survey from the UK that excuse is two all-beef patties short of a Big Mac.
The Food Standards Agency found that contrary to popular belief, nutrition, access to food and cooking skills are not much different in poorer families.
Such a finding is apparently "surprising" to public health experts.
Don't let the facts get in the way of your Marxist rhetoric.
Public health experts said the results were surprising but showed everyone needed to eat a better diet.
There had been concern that diets among those on the lowest incomes were extremely poor and they faced more barriers to healthy eating.
Today, the "poor" eat like the rest of us, i.e., too much and not healthy enough.
That means -- you guessed it -- the poor are turning into a bunch of fatties just like the rest of us.
But a survey of 3,500 people on low incomes found that the food they were eating, although not particularly healthy, was similar to the general population.
Levels of obesity were found to be very high - 62% of men, 63% of women, 35% ofYou might want to bookmark this study for the next time you read about how malnutrition is the cause of all our education woes.
boys and 34% of girls were overweight or obese - but the FSA said this also
mirrors the high levels within the general UK population.