“All Natural”

Erica Bock

It has come to my attention this past week that, because of the influence of the media, many people think they need more expensive products to be healthy than actually necessary. As I assume most would believe, good health is a right that everyone should have access to no matter their social or economic backgrounds. However, with the rise in retail products such as diet pills, exercise equipment, and “fat-free” or “carb-free” foods, many people have resorted to accepting the fact that they cannot be “healthy” if they do not have the money to purchase said “miracle products”. It is obvious this has become a unsettling trend due to Forbe’s Magazine’s research on the topic. They have found that consumers spent most of their money retail pharmacy and other retail health services (second to health insurance) when it comes to all health products. Large sums of money were not spent on healthy food and not nearly as much on doctor’s appointments.

Furthermore, many people are not healthy because they assume they cannot afford to be. For example, research from the National Institutes of Heath has shown that lower income communities have higher obesity rates than those with higher income levels. The most accurate conclusion I can draw is that the media has made people come to believe that unhealthy foods are cheap and healthy foods are expensive.

After analyzing the data from both Forbe’s Magazine and the National Institutes for Health, I have concluded that it may be likely that our upper-class citizens are consuming large amounts of rather expensive health products that lower-class citizens cannot afford, thus causing these false stigmas around monetary status and good health. However, I think it is vital that as citizens we are proof of the fact that health does not come from a business but from nature, thus making monetary burdens less of an issue. By purchasing healthy fruits, vegetables and grains at a low cost, all citizens could have access to a healthy lifestyle. It is right here waiting for people to take advantage of it. Our nation needs to be educated in ways that do not agree with the media in order for their health to be preserved.









4 thoughts on ““All Natural”

  1. I think one of the main issues with the products that are labeled to reduce weight or be healthier, they are a quick fix. Being healthy, though largely influenced by your genes or society, have to do with taking time to make conscious healthy decisions, in my opinion. People are going to be more likely to take a pill instead of exercise for 30 minutes a day if they offer the same effects. If packaging tells people it is healthy, they will do it because they don’t have time to do the research and they trust the products. Why do they trust the products when there are dozens of stories out there about things like vitamins and health pills not working? Maybe its the mentality that it will work out for you because you are somewhat different than the story you heard. It’s absurd, but it makes sense if you see it from that point of view.

    Also, sometimes there isn’t time for lower class people to even work out. Yes, this does not excuse the fact that they aren’t buying vegetables and fruit and things that are actually healthy. There is a correlation that once you start being healthy, you continue to be healthy and make better choices. Whether this is because of an internal goal set for oneself and the ability to say, “I did it!” at the end, or for another reason that tends to be the case. Your post really made me consider this topic from a new perspective that I had not seen before. Thanks!

    Annelise Wilimitis


  2. People often forget that exercise and balanced diets are major components to a healthy lifestyle. These expensive consumables can often put us in a more harmful situation for our health, instead of actually being beneficial to us. And you’re right, people do make excuses and think they can’t afford to live healthy. Often times they’re right, especially in areas where it’s just more cheap to buy unhealthy fast foods. But the point you’re making couldn’t be more agreeable. We need to lay off the expensive consumables and resort to a more basic, healthy lifestyle.

    Andrew Ebding


  3. I disagree with your assumption that low-income people are making excuses for not being healthy. You mentioned that media plays into this by stating that unhealthy foods are cheap and healthy foods are expensive. But, in reality that is true. Low income families not only don’t have the income to buy natural organic foods for a whole family to eat but they dont have the means to. Natural and organic foods are not always accessible to low income areas. They are surrounded more with fast food chain restaurants than healthy food options. Low income families have to try twice as hard to get healthy foods in the cabinets, while higher income families neglect the fact that they have theses things accessible to them. If low income families can’t afford healthy organic food, they surely won’t be able to afford “miracle pills”.

    Shayla Ford


  4. Erica, this is a very debatable topic to be discussed! However, I am completely on your side. Shopping in the vegetables and fruits section of the grocery store rather than the unhealthy sections, is the same end price if not less when checking out. Some people may get a misguided idea that healthy foods are more expensive if they see the prices at health food stores as opposed to the prices of preserved, unhealthy foods. This may be true, but buying just fruits and vegetables alone can be very favorable to most likely anyone’s budget. Also, I believe that people do get lazy or just simply don’t have time to work out so they buy pills to take the place of exercising. Which, when it comes down to it, may be more detrimental to one’s health rather than beneficial.


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