As it is obvious, obesity is positively correlated with poverty; so is sedentariness and diabetes. The chart is pretty self-explanatory:
What Dr. Levine's chart does not tell us, is the causality. Are people obese because they are poor or the other way round? Do poor people lead a sedentary lifestyle because they "may be less able to afford gym membership, sports clothing, and/or exercise equipment" as one hypothesis purports?
My hypothesis is more straightforward and much more cynical than that of Dr. Levine. I simply believe that:
- Poor people are often (not always, but often) just lazy.
- Lazy people do not bother with gyms or exercise equipment; neither they are overly enthusiastic about healthy food.
- Lazy people earn less (for obvious reasons) and develop obesity and diabates (for the same reasons).
That said, I admit my lifestyle is pretty sedentary, too. I should lose at least ten pounds as well. Probably more than that. I've never said I'm perfect.
Among others, I believe that food stamps should be abolished without replacement. Federal minimum wage, too.