July 13, 2020
The mantra, “Health is Wealth,” expresses the commonly held ideology that investing in health returns the ultimate wealth; longevity. This phrase proposes that finances have little do with health and wellness and that eating unhealthily is vindicated on a conscious choice to do so. Many voices within the wellness community offer simple tips to eating healthy on a diet like buying in bulk or opting for vegetables that are nutritiously dense like broccoli and kale. These prominently held ideologies within the wellness community lead to fat-shaming, poverty-shaming, and reducing wellness to an exclusive club with an invisible cost. Many invisible barriers make healthy eating inaccessible. Many academics point to the threat of food deserts, food swamps, and food mirages that divide the country and people’s access to healthy foods.