If you read any article by the poverty pimps or academics in the USA, the same case is made. We don't give enough money to the poor to buy healthy food so therefore they buy high calorie, high fat, highly processed food with SNAP. That's just silly. Ounce for ounce, healthy food is much cheaper than processed. You can buy 10 lbs of potatoes for the cost of 16 oz. of potato chips. Oranges, apples, bananas, etc. are far cheaper than bags of fruit flavored snacks. She’s also never heard of walking—the greatest exercise ever.
I googled a comparison cost of living site, and although UK is socialist, almost everything is higher than in the U.S. (food is about 11% higher), except renting a tennis court for an hour and disposable income--those are lower. But even so, she could do better by contributing some of her own labor and preparing real food.
“It would be good if the government offered a cash incentive for me to lose weight. I’d like to get £1 for every pound I lose,” 25-year-old Christina Briggs said.
Briggs said losing weight is currently impossible because she doesn’t have enough money to buy healthy food or join a gym.
And tattoos are expensive, too. What’s a poor girl to do?