We confirmed in class this past week that the more affluent you are, the longer your life expectancy is. That makes sense because with having a lot of money, you have the access to higher quality healthcare, higher quality food, and there is more time to cook meals for your family instead of going to McDonalds to buy a Happy Meal or make a TV dinner that feeds a family of four. These higher quality foods are high in protein, fiber, whole grains and various vitamins, while the lower quality foods are high in fats, sugar, sodium and synthetic chemicals usually to preserve the food.
This is a serious problem in the United States because there are people out there working well over 40 hours a week and barely have enough money to put food on the table. Moreover, these same people have additional problems including stress from long work weeks and lack of sleep. These are things that cause additional issues including a weaker immune system and a worsened short term memory, which ultimately cycles and negatively impacts work ethic.
So how does this problem get resolved? Well, we can continue to let these things happen and try to ignore it like many Conservatives have done, or, we can try to help these people and get them back on their feet so they can be more productive and help them provide for their family by increasing the minimum wage so Americans don’t have to work three jobs just to feed their families, or creating initiatives that get more Americans jobs to decrease unemployment. I know that a lot of people don’t like to get political, but I am not one of those people. Bernie Sanders has provided specific outlines of how he would resolve many of these issues, and I have attached a graphic that explains many of them, and would solve a lot of the issues regarding health and affluence.