Think you’re thin because you work out hard and eat (mostly) right? Or maybe you think you just have good genes?
A study in Seattle showed that 22% of people making less that $15,000 a year are obese (defined as having a BMI over 29) compared with just 15% of those making $50,000 or more a year. If you crack six digits your chance of being obese drops to under 10%. The Seattle study showed that income is the single strongest predictor of body weight. That’s right – how much money you make has more influence over that little number on the scale than gender, race, education, urban vs. rural living and a host of other factors.
This just blows my mind. Although it makes more sense when I started really thinking about it. People with more money can afford to buy organic blueberries (antioxidants! heart healthy!! no pesticides!!! low-cal!!! high fiber!!!) for $4.25 a pint and said pint won’t even fill you up. Whereas you can get an entire meal’s worth of calories for $3 at McD’s (mineral-free! fat-full!! mystery ingredients!!! tastes great, more filling!!!). Richer people can afford gym memberships, personal trainers and workout clothes and gadgets so they can keep on strengthening, toning, sculpting and sweating no matter what the weather is like outside. The rich are typically also more educated and therefore have better access to the current research (wheeee!) about exercise and nutrition.
Notice here that “rich” is not defined in Trumpian proportions but simply making more than $50,000. Don’t get me wrong – that’s a lot of money – but it’s solidly middle class. It doesn’t seem right to me that money can buy health but it certainly seems to make it a lot more attainable.
And hey, if you think money can’t buy thin, then just check out the Spice Girls Reunion tour:) (Although I gotta ‘fess up – I’m seriously in awe of Geri Halliwell’s abs. Wow.)