The Argentinian poverty diet

Posted on December 8, 2012 by


Although we here at TC like to emphasize weight-loss, there are limits to how low one’s weight should go. Following a recent article called Here’s What Living On $1 A Day Does To The Body, which refers back to another article documenting the things some Westerners experienced when they moved to a poor region, I noticed a particularly interesting comment:

This is what the people in Buenos Aires looked like this spring compared to my visit there four years ago. Not starving, but pale, slightly haggard and undernourished.

Now, if you’ve been following my writing for some time, you’ll know that I’ve long considered Argentina to be the model of our own society’s collapse. Argentina has been in the news lately because of its insane feminists and even more insane financial circus. Unfortunately, there is no longer reliable economic data available from the Argentinian government, so the true state of the economy is a bit of a mystery to us all.

But comments such as the above, and articles such as this one from the Economist, give us a clue about the decline of that once-great country.

Experts also doubt the government’s claim. A study by the University of Buenos Aires puts the minimum daily budget for a healthy diet at 24 pesos per person, four times the official figure. “It is totally impossible to eat healthily with six pesos,” says Sergio Britos, one of the study’s authors. INDEC’s report “loses all credibility” by supposing unrealistically low food-prices, he says.

Update: Here’s an additional article, this time of the collapse of the Greek health care system. Coming soon to a hospital near you.