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The Boston Globe writes about how, “in broad swatches of urban America and in decrepit industrial towns, people with low incomes struggle and frequently fail to eat a nutritious diet -- the kind necessary to prevent heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Research shows poverty makes people more vulnerable to all three.”

It is, the Globe reports, “a plight borne of scarcity -- not enough money, not enough decent food in neighborhood stores, not enough knowledge about what constitutes a healthy meal or the time to fix it.”

The problem, according to the paper, is having economic implications, as children who are not getting the proper nutrition end up in area hospitals suffering from malnutrition and other serious health issues.
KC's View:
While there is no doubt that a lot of urban neighborhoods don’t have as many stores as suburban areas, and that many of the stores in those locations have high prices and limited selections, we think that the real issue is one of education – spending time with poor folks and helping them understand how to cook a nutritious meal, the importance of good nutrition for children and adults, and how to be effective providers. Many of these lessons aren’t being passed down from generation to generation, and it seems to us that the supermarket industry ought to embrace this challenge.

Poverty isn’t a new American condition. It always has existed, especially for immigrants who came to this country with little on their backs and less in their pockets. We wonder, in fact, if maybe the new American condition is ignorance.

Just a thought here… Lack of proper nutrition is certainly a problem, but we wonder if the lack of emphasis on the family meal may be equally as big a problem in some of these situations.