Sometimes you can’t fully understand something until you’ve lived it, and this was never more apparent when the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's sister Rachel Johnson tried ‘living poor’ for a week. Ms Johnson was once editor of society magazine The Lady and admitted to previously pre-judging the poorer members of society assuming they spent all their money on alcohol, cigarettes and television. She took part in the BBC 1 show Famous, Rich and Hungry which saw her live on food for a day that cost no more than £1! She joined a family in Deptford, South- East London, where the diet consisted of little more than white bread, sugar, and ‘frozen stuff’. The message that seemed to come out of this was that poverty and obesity are very tightly linked. Maybe this is the case, I also beg the question that why can’t this money be spent a little more wisely on less calorific foods? Well a large part of it is education, quite often these people are capable of understanding what they need to eat, the problem is they’ve never been told how to invest their money!
So it seems that the society we love in is not an easy one, the affluent don’t always understand what the poorer members of society have to contend with, and actually if we stand back and look at the picture, all it really takes is a bit of time and attention paid to the right areas…namely food education!
Mail Online, (2014). Boris Johnsons sister tired being poor for BBC documentary. Retrieved 4th March, 2014, from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2572823/How-Gods-fat-hungry-Boris-Johnsons-sister-tried-POOR-BBC-documentary-says-left-feeling-guilty-3-coffee.html