Are cheap calories the reason why people are unhealthy?

Welcome to the dollar menu where on a price-per-calorie basis, unhealthy food is much cheaper than a healthier option. The above chart from Lapham's Quarterly (click here to enlarge) illustrates this fact by depicting how many calories you can buy for one dollar. For a buck, choose among eating 1/2 a head of iceberg lettuce, (50 calories), more than a half gallon of water (0 calories), or an entire McDouble sandwich (390 calories). This chart emphasizes a major problem with the American diet because healthy food comes at a price.

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