Anonymous asked: How are you managing to be underweight in a country where obesity is correlated with poverty?

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brin-bellway:

sinesalvatorem:

Poor people in the US are overweight because they substitute higher-quality expensive food for lower-quality cheap food. I’m underweight because I substitute eating for… Not doing that.

Preparing food costs me a huge number of spoons, I have almost no ability to transport myself to places that sell cheaply prepared food, and food delivery is never cheap. Given these options, not actually eating usually makes perfect sense.

(food cw, disordered eating cw)

(I’ve heard rumours the first-degree ask bug might have been fixed. Let’s find out.)

>>I have almost no ability to transport myself to places that sell cheaply prepared food<<

How are you defining “prepared”?

When you make/attempt spoon-consuming homemade food, where are you getting the ingredients from? Stores that sell ingredients usually also sell granola bars, peanut butter, crackers, I was going to say apples but then I remembered your sensory issues. Bananas if you can take them sensory-wise and reliably eat them during the ~3-day window between underripe and overripe. If you have the spoons to reliably handle refrigerators, orange juice (consume within 1.5 – 2 weeks of opening), and if you’ve the lactose tolerance for it, cheddar (only buy it if it’s on sale) and milk (American milk lasts longer than Canadian milk, 1 – 2 weeks instead of 3 – 5 days).

These suggestions might not work for you, but if they don’t, I’d be interested to know why. You’re not the first person I’ve seen jump straight from homemade food to takeout when they ran out of spoons, without passing through granola bars first*, which makes me wonder if there’s reasons I’m missing.

*Which I find are less effort than takeout, making it all the more confusing to me.

Okay, ask bug not fixed. Please see above post.


Tags:

#(copied tags:) #lately I’ve been crunching the price-per-calorie numbers on the foods I eat regularly #and I am frequently surprised by how *cheap* food is #I can feed myself for a day for like 5 – 7 dollars *without even actively trying to save money* #less if I’m trying #(though part of that’s low metabolism) #(and I don’t know how the prices differ around San Francisco) #reply via reblog #food #disordered eating

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