One way to make yourself feel bad for ever being obese is to watch a Bill Moyers TV report about hunger in America. I was on the couch last night debating whether to have another sugar-free pudding cup when a story came on about people who live on food stamps and are still going hungry. The cost of food is rising across the world, food pantries are getting less donations, and the money doesn’t stretch as far, so there are people on disability, social security, or who are out of work who have to skip meals. It made me lose my appetite. I used to eat entire boxes of cookies, and one of these poor people on the TV only had half a green pepper in her fridge.
The story said that over the past year the price of milk has increased by 26%, eggs by 24%, and bread by 13%. I have to admit, I hadn’t noticed this because I don’t pay much attention to prices at the grocery store. I always calculate which brand product is the cheapest, be I shopping for string cheese or yogurt or instant pudding, but I always buy what I need. But I couldn’t tell you what the current price of milk or eggs is, and I don’t know the price of bread because I make my own in a breadmaker. I guess I’ll never win on The Price is Right.
I’ve started paying more attention to the news in my old age, so I know that food prices are rising world wide. India is feeling it, and there have actually been riots in Argentina and Zimbabwe over food prices. I don’t know what the solution to these problems is, but at least I know if there is a famine it will be a good thing that my body can store so much fat.