One viral thread perfectly shares the painful reality of why poorer families buy junk food.
That escalated quickly.
The celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is currently on a tear with his #AdEnough campaign, which promotes a new sugar tax. If put into effect, the sugar tax would jack up the prices of junk food in hopes of promoting healthier eating and better cooking practices.
"This a tax for good; this is a tax for love; this is designed to protect and give to the most disadvantaged communities," Oliver said, and the tax would be part of an ongoing effort to fight childhood obesity.
However, Oliver is far from the first to propose a sugar tax to fight obesity and health issues, and this measure giving to 'the most disadvantaged communities' is not only inaccurate, but helps promote classist ideals about working class parenting.
In a now viral thread, Twitter user @sibylpain broke down why she thinks these taxes are misguided, and how they end up punishing the poor people they claim to uplift.
everyone knows my opinion on jamie oliver by now (insufferable bellend) but im still going to weigh in on this whol… https://t.co/n7i52Autp4— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526491911.0
She opened up by sharing how her dad worked around the clock to support her brother and her, and their mother was financially out of the picture, but would show up to the home during violent outbursts.
from the age of about 6, my dad had to mostly raise me and my brother on his own as my mother cheated, left him and… https://t.co/fuxXLafbX2— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526492088.0
be spent on food for us to survive. my dad met my mother in a psych ward after he was sectioned when they found him… https://t.co/cJoP8Cw1tJ— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526492280.0
She then went on to lay out the logistics, and how her father's work schedule only allowed him an average of four hours of sleep, and he neither had time nor money to buy food to make from scratch.
he worked full time, and with two young kids this meant a lot of money was spent on our childcare. so that's more m… https://t.co/5VCt6fK2e1— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526492440.0
was in the reduced section. even fruit and veg was too expensive, so my brother and i had to take multivitamins in… https://t.co/psEWohrKxn— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526492560.0
which is all very easy to say when you're a 20 year old student who has never had a full time job or a lot of bills… https://t.co/LEfALfGrdt— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526492703.0
because your ex wife leaves you 150 threatening voicemails a day and keeps violating her restraining order, going a… https://t.co/w2PlQk3KCZ— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526492827.0
energy to cook a nutritious meal from scratch? when you're getting 4 hours sleep a night on an old couch because yo… https://t.co/g2DFemyqeW— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526492928.0
She went on to say that at the end of the day, it's far healthier for kids to eat junk food than not eat at all because their parents can no longer afford cheap food under a sugar tax. Most loving parents want the best for their kids, but if you're saddled with 60 hour work weeks, on top of potential disabilities or depression, getting lectured about not cooking stir fry is ultimately unhelpful.
at the end of the day, me and my brother had no significant health problems caused by our diet. my dad always tried… https://t.co/AfnksRD4TF— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526493097.0
the reason these parents buy junk food is this: because it's all they can afford, and they are TIRED trying to make… https://t.co/6FZd9pyM7F— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526493222.0
if they had raised prices on sugary and fatty foods when i was a kid, we wouldn't have eaten. plain and simple. in… https://t.co/nseEDWLs2b— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526493361.0
To close out the thread, she laid out actual policies that would better public health and support low income families, those of which include affordable housing measures, an increased minimum wage, and better support for people with disabilities.
if you GENUINELY want to make a difference in the lives of these families, here are some things you should actually… https://t.co/vUnoHl4tBU— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526493468.0
-more affordable housing so they have more money to spend on food instead of rent -fund more free adult education s… https://t.co/oVx22ZNZVn— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526493634.0
access to decent care, they might become more able to cook from scratch in conclusion: stop blaming poor families… https://t.co/HpmShoYnyT— cara delevingne's sex bench (@cara delevingne's sex bench) 1526493737.0
At the end of the day, if people have more money and time to make healthier choices, they likely will, but taxing people for buying cheap and accessible food (which usually falls under the umbrella of junk food) ends up punishing families trying to get by.
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