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.