Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Insensitve" to suggest that the poor might not have much to eat

From my observations as a former boarding-house owner, the only poor people who do not have enough to eat are the ones who first spend up on "essentials" like beer and cigarettes

As record numbers of Americans spend Thanksgiving on food stamps, one Fox news presenter has offered some advice - treat the experience as a great way to lose those extra pounds.

TV host Andrea Tantaros compared food stamps - which provide an average monthly budget of $133 - to being on a diet.

Ms Tantaros was asked by co-host Stuart Varney, during Wednesday's broadcast of The Five on Fox Business, if she could live on that amount.

She told Fox viewers: 'I should try it because do you know how fabulous I’d look?  'I’d be so skinny. I mean, the camera adds ten pounds, it really does.'

Social media lit up with thousands of outraged responses following Ms Tantaros' off-hand remarks.

One tweet from @imthepain29 read: 'She can lose lbs but she can't lose Ugly.'

Another tweeted at the presenter said: 'Lucky you can diet by choice, not poverty.'

She later highlighted a Department of Agriculture radio advert that had compared food stamps to a healthy eating plan.

The 33-year-old later added: 'Food stamps were sold as a fitness plan to "look great" by our liberal, dense government - remember?



Anonymous said...

Ever notice how those "poor" black people we see on TV, the ones who have nothing to eat, are always 300 and 400 lbs? How do they manage that?

Bird of Paradise said...

Its racsist the claim whaites are less advaced then black as AL SHARPTON as claimed

Anonymous said...

3:24 AM because they frequent fast-food "restaurants" and eat other junk or unhealthy foods. Obesity in the West is often an indication of poverty as well as ignorance and indolence. The US is a literally sick society, and the rest of the world laughs at "fat Americans", even if some countries are catching up including China.

Anonymous said...

Obesity is a logical outcome of a calorie rich environment. The human body is designed for "feast and famine" living - storing excess energy as fat during the good times in anticipation of the bad times. It's all about evolution in a "calorie poor" environment.

That "poor people" can become obese is a tribute to our solving the "caloric famine" that plagued our forefathers.

Unfortunately, this "epidemic" of caloric excess has led to the problem of obesity, which is only correctable through personal decision making. And if we humans have proved one thing over the millennia, it's that MOST of our personal decision making skills SUCK.