In the article, “Jamie Oliver is right: a poor diet is the national disease,” Graeme Archer, a reporter for The Telegraph, said she “could have given them [families] a sanctimonious little lecture about spending their money wisely." She even suggests to Oliver, who recently promoted a TV show called Jamie’s Money Saving Meals, to “address how, when all the pressures in our society conspire to woo people away from scratch cooking of good-quality raw materials onto a convenience food diet, we can help them to resist.” Slamming the mothers who drop money on TVs and have dog food as the “most nutritious in their trolleys,” Blythman asks wants to know why these people,“generally women,” make these decisions?
It’s not the families’ fault they aren’t aware about healthy eating. People know best by what they are surrounded by, and those families of a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to be exposed to grocery stores that don’t carry those healthy brands and fresh fruits and vegetables and have a lower education value.
The mother may know what’s healthiest for her children, but chances are that those items are not available to her in the local grocery store. She can’t even get to one that has them due to the time and money she doesn’t have. The “state-of-the-art widescreen TV” lasts longer than a fruit bowl and keeps her kids entertained while she is gone for work and errands.