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In today’s society, people are often told to take care of themselves. In doing so they are told to maintain a healthy lifestyle which encompasses exercise and considering what one eats or drinks. Even though they are pushed to do so to live a longer life, many factors come into play on why some just can’t achieve this healthy lifestyle.

Nutritious and healthy foods can be found in many places such as local farmers markets, grocery stores, and restaurants. However, a certain factor that stops many from consuming nutritious and healthy food is the cost of it. The cost of healthy food appears to be a major factor in why people just can’t live a healthy lifestyle. In an article by The Huffington Post in 2013, a study showed that “unhealthy food is about $1.50 cheaper per day, or about $550 per year, than healthy food.” Even people like the first lady, Michelle Obama, encourages healthy eating, but many average Americans can’t afford it without breaking the bank.

It’s not because food producers want to make healthy food expensive, but it is more on the side of the prices of so called unhealthy food. Unhealthy food has often been seen in stores as cheaper, and today still the gap between the prices of unhealthy food and healthy food is ever growing farther and farther apart. Companies who produce junk foods are able to keep their prices low, knowing that their demand is high. Production of healthy foods takes more time, labor, and preparation in meeting a quality standard to be considered healthy. On the other hand, a product such as sugary cereal can be produced in a factory in just a few minutes and can be packed with more density to be seen as “filling”.

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Junk food seen with low prices at a local grocery store

Not only can prices be blamed, but in our country alone, nearly one-third of the population is framed under the category of “low-income”. Many people who struggle financially will have the instinct of choosing the cheaper, more “filling” product. In many grocery stores many products are replicated and sold for lower prices because retailers know that many people fall under “low income”. ” Its sometimes hard finding healthy produce for a good price without spending some money. Even at bargain grocery stores, prices of fresh produce are the same as any other grocery store. I can afford healthy foods at some times, but if there isn’t a good sale, I wont buy it.” said by Emanuel Sabir. Those that can afford a healthy lifestyle all the time are likely making good money or fall under the “middle-high” class of society. Even this gap between low and middle class is far placed.

One thing to fear nowadays is that youth are growing up with eating habits setting them up for health diseases, with the big one being “obesity”. Things like advertising of junk foods in bright and colorful ways affect the choices and wants of youth and their eating habits. Another huge factor in the eating styles of youth is the famous fast-food chains. On corners all over our country a fast food restaurant can be seen in the pure sight of the eye. Fast food chains are cheap, easy to find, and fast. These fast food chains are easy for parents to tend to their child’s hunger. Some fast food chains offer healthy options on their menu, but when compared to their more famous items, the unhealthy items, they are very expensive, some say especially for fast food. Fast food chains don’t just produce food with speediness, but they also produce their food with low quality ingredients like fatteners, lots of salt and sugar, and who knows what else could be in there.

The choices of living a healthy lifestyle are in the minds of people knowing that they will live longer, reach that desired weight, and just be healthy in general. Despite these known facts, if a high percent of the countries people remain “low income” healthy choices will be factored out and unhealthy foods will continue to be cheaper and more desired by the consumer.