Gentrification and Obesity

On History Bites, a captioned response to a 1911 *video from the Museum of Modern Art asks,  “And is anybody overweight?

I asked myself,  “Why are the obesity rates higher today then they were back then.”

I concluded that most of the blame to the explosive obesity rates, here in the US, rests on gentrification and greedy capitalist.

“When ‘urban renewal’ of lower class neighbourhoods with condos attracts yuppie tenants, driving up rents and driving out long time, lower income residents. It often begins with influxes of local artists looking for a cheap place to live, giving the neighbourhood a bohemian flair. This hip reputation attracts yuppies who want to live in such an atmosphere, driving out the lower income artists and lower income residents, often ethnic/racial minorities, changing the social character of the neighbourhood.”

“It also involves the ‘yuppification’ of local businesses; shops catering to yuppie tastes like sushi restaurants, Starbucks, etc… come to replace local businesses displaced by higher rents.”

The gentrified areas refuse to build affordable housing.  “As a result, local residents—and neighborhood renters in particular—may feel pressured to move to more affordable locations” farther away then their places of employment and roots.

With no ties to the area, professional and gluttonous capitalist have no problem uprooting families who have lived in these areas for generations. Residents are widely dispersed and many neighborhoods are/were decimated.

The United States, as a whole, lacks public transportation and we have to rely heavily on cars.  The working class/lower income residents have to drive long distances to schools and to their, paltry waged, jobs.

Because of these low wages, the working class/lower income individuals rely on the less expensive fast and processed foods for their and their families sustenance.

Jobs are scare in these areas leaving people stranded with little or nothing to do except live a sedentary lifestyle. Hopelessness and boredom kicks-in with a vengeance. It stands to reason why we are a nation of obese people.

Gentrification unites more liberal and progressive beliefs where capitalist glut the expansion into the city. It becomes a class of professional, lacking in affordable housing for the working class/lower income people and longer and longer commutes.

I know from whence I speak.  As I watch, from a vast distance, my hometown (and the surrounding areas) has become a liberal, progressive paradise without remorse for those they plundered and ignored.

“WATCH: Rare and STUNNING footage of New York City in the summer of 1911– newly found video from the Museum of Modern Art.
The way people dressed back then…nearly every man in a suit!  And is anybody overweight?”   —History Bites

*MoMA NEW YORK 1911

This Is What Happens 
A Class Offensive

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