Why do poor Americans eat so unhealthfully? Because junk food is the only indulgence they can afford
If food deserts aren't to blame, then what is?
I've spent the better part of a decade working to answer this question. I interviewed 73 California families — more than 150 parents and kids — and spent more than 100 hours observing their daily dietary habits, tagging along to grocery stores and drive-through windows. My research suggests that families' socioeconomic status affected not just their access to healthy food, but something even more fundamental: the meaning of food.
Most of the parents I interviewed — poor and affluent — wanted their kids to eat nutritious food and believed in the importance of a healthy diet.