2014.07.29【英译中】饥饿的新脸孔

发表于:2014-07-29 19:52 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

To witness hunger in America today is to enter a twilight zone where refrigerators are so frequently bare of all but mustard and ketchup that it provokes no remark, inspires no embarrassment. Here dinners are cooked using macaroni-and-cheese mixes and other processed ingredients from food pantries, and fresh fruits and vegetables are eaten only in the first days after the SNAP payment arrives. Here you’ll meet hungry farmhands and retired schoolteachers, hungry families who are in the U.S. without papers and hungry families whose histories stretch back to the Mayflower. Here pocketing food from work and skipping meals to make food stretch are so common that such practices barely register as a way of coping with hunger and are simply a way of life.


在今天的美国,我们亲眼目睹了饥饿进入一个模糊的地带。在这个地带里,食物频繁的缺乏,冰箱里除了芥末和番茄酱,通常空空如也。这并不是挑衅的言论,也不想引起尴尬。在这里,三餐仅仅用煮熟的通心粉加奶酪和冰箱里剩下的食物混合充饥,而新鲜的水果蔬菜只在SNAP援助到货的最初几天才能吃到。在这里,你会遇到饥饿的人们,他们可能是雇农和退休教师,可能是没有取得美国绿卡的偷渡者,甚至可能他们的家族有着悠久的历史,可以追溯到五月花。在这里利用工作的便利偷拿食品和不吃食物以应对食物紧缺是如此普遍,而这种做法只差没有登记入册成为应对饥饿的一种方式了,而且已经成为了一种生活的方式。


It can be tempting to ask families receiving food assistance, If you’re really hungry, then how can you be—as many of them are—overweight? The answer is “this paradox that hunger and obesity are two sides of the same coin,” says Melissa Boteach, vice president of the Poverty and Prosperity Program of the Center for American Progress, “people making trade-offs between food that’s filling but not nutritious and may actually contribute to obesity.” For many of the hungry in America, the extra pounds that result from a poor diet are collateral damage—an unintended side effect of hunger itself.


很多人可能想问那些接受食品援助的家庭,如果你们真的没东西吃,那么为什么你们中的大部分都会超重呢?梅利莎Boteach美国进步中心贫困和繁荣计划副总裁,是这样回答的,“当饥饿和肥胖成为硬币的两面时,这便成为一个悖论。”在管饱却没有营养的食物中做出折衷的人们往往容易肥胖。对于存在饥饿人群的美国来说,由于不良的饮食习惯所带来的超重,是对身体的间接损害,是一个饥饿本身意想不到的副作用。





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