The biggest imbalance in the world today is food, both in amount and nutrition. The more money people have, the worse they eat. In the western world of excessive living, people are starving (anorexia/bulimia) or eating themselves to death. When there is less money people eat more nutritious food in lesser quantities and stay healthier. I am not talking about starvation-areas.
The biggest difference is food-habits: Look at what people have in their shopping-carts at the grocery store. I am always astonished by the lack of fresh foods they buy and the amount of money they spend. I spend less money on food, and more time in the kitchen. I buy fresh foods and I cook. Sometimes I spend a whole day cooking, loading up the freezer with “fast food” for the days I don’t have time to cook and for my daughter’s school-lunches. (I don’t believe in sandwich lunches every day when working hard) This is old-fashioned I am told, but I grew up this way and it is the only way to live well without spending loads of money. I make jam and I bake bread, it is really easy. I make pizza that tastes delicious, and my hamburgers are a treat – most fast foods that we like to eat can be made at home; cheaper, better and tastier. Cooking is fun and something you can share.
Following picture sequence is really interesting; check out the amounts of food compared to the amount of people, and check out what kinds of food they eat.
I am a working single mother with 1-2 children and pets in a welfare-country. Our weekly food-costs are about €50 or 72 dollars – all included, and I consider us to have a high standard. Healthy eating is not about money, it is about knowledge and care. I don’t like waste so I make sure everything I buy is used/eaten – To me this is a question of respect.