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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The "Cost" of Healthy Eating

"Eating healthy costs too much!" (expressed in a slightly whiny tone)

"I can't buy organic, it's too expensive!" (expressed in a slightly angry tone)

"Only the rich can eat healthy."  (expressed in a slightly depressed tone)

I hear these excuses on a weekly basis.  Yes, when comparing apples to apples, buying organic food is more "expensive" than non-organic food.  But...

"Cheap food is an illusion.  The real cost of the food is paid somewhere."
 
If we don't pay directly at the cash register we will pay with our health and body image.
  • Increased Obesity
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Joint Pain and Injury
  • Depression
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Lack of Energy

If we don't pay directly at the cash register we will pay with our medical bills.
  • Increase in Prescription Medication
  • Increased Health Insurance Premiums
  • Increased Doctor Visits
If we don't pay directly at the cash register we will pay indirectly.  i.e. We pay through our "built environment" changes"
  •  "wider seats in public places"
  • "wider hospital beds"
  • "U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients"

 I am not an economist, but I do know nothing comes free.  Everything comes at a cost.  I would rather pay slightly extra at the cash register for an apple than pay a higher cost down the road.

1 comments:

I have made the switch to buying organic because I didn't think about all the chemicals on those fruits and veg. That was going into my body! Since switching the food tastes better and my body feels better! It is worth paying more for those foods in the long run if it means being healthier and possibly living longer!

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