The disparities between different socioeconomic classes and race play a critical role in why we are currently ranked 51st in the world in life expectancy according to the United States Central intelligence agency. Differences between life expectancy in the United States based on socioeconomic class and race are caused from several factors ranging from nutritional diet, to homicide rates that cause the imbalances of life expectancy; and cause the total life expectancy in our country to fall far
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Although fast food chains do play a large role in the unhealthy habits of low and middle income Americans, the foods we choose in the grocery store may be the biggest contributor to our dieting woes. The New York Times states that a 2,000 calorie diet that consisted only of junk food would only cost $3.52 a day, while a 2,000 calorie diet that consisted only of low-energy-nutritiously dense foods would cost $36.32 a day in your typical grocery store. This does not mean the cost to eat healthy is this expensive, but it does give us an idea about how expensive it could be to feed a family solely on healthy foods alone. For low income families, the unbalanced pricing between junk foods and healthy foods can determine what they will buy and provide to their household. Families who have more money have more choices available to them because they can afford it. They do not have to choose between a healthy diet for their loved ones, or having the money to pay for the electric bill like some low income families do. This financial restraint limits the choices of food they make, which typically results in the choice of more unhealthy and processed foods since they are much cheaper than their organic counterparts.
Cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases are 2nd and 3rd on the CDC’s top causes of death and both can be dramatically reduced with the elimination of tobacco