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.


Body Shaming

A lot of people will say they engage in body shaming because it encourages overweight people to lose weight. The validity of this statement can be tested. Every person who engages in body shaming should support basic income since low income is linked to higher rates of obesity. From what I've seen, those who engage in body shaming are most interested in finding ways to prevent basic income from being implemented. What this tells me is that most body shamers are hypocrites who like maintaining the problem they profess to be curing.

Woman shuts down body shamer on flight, CNN

[Image: Plus-size woman Natalie Hage confronted a man that sent cruel text messages about her body size during a flight to Los Angeles.]

I'm glad this woman, Natalie Hage, stood up to this rude gentleman and exposed him for what he really is. His behaviour was inappropriate and unacceptable.

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'They're disgusting!' Army veteran-turned-fitness fanatic brands fat people 'repulsive' and 'lazy' in furious video rant - and is praised online for 'daring to speak the truth'

[Image: John Burk, an Army vet, says he refuses to accept overweight people as they are]

Burk should be a big supporter of basic income since low income is positively correlated with obesity.

Wider income gaps, wider waistbands? An ecological study of obesity and income inequality

Results: Adjusting for gross national per capita income, income inequality was positively correlated with the percentage of obese men (r = 0.48, p = 0.03), the percentage of obese women (r = 0.62, p = 0.003), diabetes mortality rates per 1 million people (r = 0.46, p = 0.04), and average calories per capita per day (r = 0.50, p = 0.02). Correlations were stronger if analyses were weighted for population size. The effect of income inequality on female obesity was independent of average calorie intake.

Conclusions: Obesity, diabetes mortality, and calorie consumption were associated with income inequality in developed countries. Increased nutritional problems may be a consequence of the psychosocial impact of living in a more hierarchical society.1

Critics will say that laziness is a confounding factor, an underlying cause of both obesity and poverty. This assertion can be tested. If laziness is the underlying cause of obesity, then income compensation schemes such as basic income should have no effect on obesity rates. Trials should be done where a long-term basic income is implemented in a large population. Rates of obesity (and other health indicators) should be measured before and after basic income implementation.

  • 1. Pickett, K., et al. "Wider income gaps, wider waistbands? An ecological study of obesity and income inequality." J Epidemiol Community Health, 59(8): 670–674. Aug. 2005.