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The Legion of Working Poor within the US


Throughout a latest journey to my residence state of Delaware, I seen an indication exterior a McDonald’s that was recruiting employees for as much as $15 an hour. That’s over twice as a lot because the US federal minimal wage, which stands at a paltry $7.25 per hour. Whereas that’s akin to modern-day slavery, the utmost wage supplied by Micky Dees remains to be exploitation, until you’re a scholar with few to no prices. Working 40 hours every week, $15 an hour quantities to $31,200 a 12 months flipping burgers, frying fries, and pouring liquid sugar with out a trip, and earlier than taxes. It definitely doesn’t purchase you a lot in most locations within the US of 2022.

Taken at a public occasion in Minnesota.)

Talking of McDonald’s, which focuses on low-quality, low-cost meals that’s excessive in fats, sugar, and carbs, one factor that stands out about US society that you just discover the second you enter the airport on arrival is how chubby most individuals are. It’s each appalling and unhappy. In Vietnam, as in different international locations, there’s no sugarcoating this bodily description. We use the phrase “fats.”

In line with the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the Land of the Fats had an weight problems fee of 41.9% in March 2020, a rise of 11.4% in simply three years, making it primary in a most unenviable class amongst its peer international locations. The weight problems fee in England, for instance, is 28%; one other 36.2% of adults are chubby however not overweight.

The implications for well being, wholesome life expectancy, and total life expectancy are apparent. The sicknesses related to weight problems embody coronary heart illness, stroke, kind 2 diabetes, and sure types of most cancers. Dwelling giant is dangerous to your well being.

When your server asks you in the event you’re nonetheless “working” in your meal, hoping to get the examine and usher within the subsequent spherical of buyer$, s/he means it! On the brilliant facet, one glimmer of a silver lining for these of us who have to lose a couple of kilos and are used to recent elements is that the US is sort of a fats farm. We eat much less and usually train extra, which results in weight reduction.

Shalom (שלום), MAA

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