Statistically Speaking...Did You Know?

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-02-21 17:26:05 -0600
Started 2012-02-18 11:30:11 -0600

Did you know that upper-middle-class Americans live longer and in better health than middle-class Americans, who live longer and better than those at the bottom?

And the gaps are widening!


13 replies

alanbossman 2012-02-18 20:10:12 -0600 Report

As Mays has said Gabby you are right on the mark. Make more money and you eat better and live longer lol.

GabbyPA 2012-02-18 12:01:57 -0600 Report

Money may not buy you love, but it sure can buy you better health care. Not even just insurance, as we tend to think. But more in that they can afford to eat healthy foods from the start. Do things that aid in their health routines instead of working 3 jobs and still not making enough to pay the bills. There is less stress often (not always).

It doesn't surprise me at all. And the thing that bothers me, is that it is by design really. Taking away the ability of affordable GOOD foods instead of cheap JUNK foods.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-19 16:16:02 -0600 Report

Gabby if you notice, there are more fast food restaurants in poor and lower middle class areas than in wealthier areas.

GabbyPA 2012-02-21 17:26:05 -0600 Report

I have not noticed, but then I don't live in a wealthy area either.

I do want to say that I do not bemoan the wealthy in this. They have, they can afford. What does bother me is that it seems we make people addicted to cheap junk and it keeps them in an unhealthy situation. We don't make a lot of money at all, but I work hard to make sure I keep as much junk out as I can. There are things we can do, but we have to put in some sweat and hard work to make it happen.

Caroltoo 2012-02-19 17:40:14 -0600 Report

There is also a higher population density in poor and lower middle class areas which might account for the increase in demand.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-19 17:50:26 -0600 Report

What also plays a role is how active a Community Association is. In some communities, residents can have a say in what they want in their community. For instance in my community association, we had a liquor store closed. When the other two thought they were under our radar they moved out of the community. We have stopped several transition housing organizations and we get to choose developers who are rehabbing houses. To fight franchise businesses, a community has to have a master plan, be willing to take a stand and fight to the bitter end. Our Community doesn't have a McDonalds, Burger King or other places like this.

Caroltoo 2012-02-19 18:46:19 -0600 Report

I am amazed that you have been able to keep the fast food restaurants out. That is such a big step towards having a change to improve diets. When junk is so readily available, it's so hard to combat. Congratulations!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-02-19 19:15:41 -0600 Report

Carol, our section of the community formed a community association. I was started because when the city imploded a housing project, they processed the brick, dirt and other products directly across from occupied housing. Our fight which included putting together media packets, letters to elected officials, state and local environmental testing, and being on all the area evening news and the local newspaper. Because we fought no construction company can do this in the middle of a community anywhere in the city. Our fight cost an additional 1mil. dollars in overtime because they had to take down equipment and move tons of dirt. They would take a fire hose and wash our street and cars on a daily basis.

Once the new development was built, the developer thought it would be okay to change parking on our block. We could not park on our side of the street. They put up no parking signs and painted a double yellow line off center. When my neighbor all got parking tickets, I contacted the district commander and he had officers stop ticketing until we could change what happened. I wrote a letter from the community association that each neighbor took to court, then had a meeting with all involved on the city level. Not one neighbor had to pay a fine and the line and no parking signs were removed. The developer lied to the city. We fight to the bitter end.

MAYS 2012-02-18 13:29:49 -0600 Report

Gabby, thanks for commenting.
Your point is right on the mark and well received!

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-02-18 16:11:46 -0600 Report

I agree with Mays, Gabby you have no idea how many times I hear people say it's cheaper to eat junk then healthy. Then you add in the high cost of gyms or equipment to work out at home and it is overwhelming.

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