Income and Nutrition
Studies have proven that low income increases one's risk for heart disease and other morbidities.1 Studies have also shown a link between low income and obesity. The explanation is simple. Healthy, nutritious food such as salad is expensive. High calorie, low nutrient food like McDonald's is cheap. People with higher income have less stress, more opportunities, and can purchase gym memberships and healthy foods. People with low incomes suffer from greater stress, less opportunities, and can't always afford proper exercise equipment and nutritious foods.
Low income being linked to poor health outcomes is yet another reason to support basic income.
- 1. Lemstra, Mark, et al. "Income and heart disease: Neglected risk factor." Canadian Family Physician, Aug. 2015, 61(8):698-704.