Traditionally, healthy foods, especially organic foods, are much higher priced. Despite all the teachings on nutritious eating, it is practically impossible for the common person to make the move to healthy foods when they are prohibitively expensive. This is most especially true for the lower class and the elderly, whose income is not supplemented by governmental support.
Poor eating habits in these people lead to malnutrition. They may become obese from eating extremely fatty foods and have high blood pressure due to high sodium intake, but their nutritional profile will show that they have deficiencies. It is hard to correct for this without causing other problems. But one of the biggest obstacles is the cost of the healthier foods.
If food manufacturers could make the healthy alternatives much cheaper, people could eat better, preserving their health during hard economic times. Not only that, these people would be spending their money in the right direction, which could help the manufacturer out. In turn, the economy could improve.
It is hard to convince people that during this financially difficult time, they should stop eating at fast food restaurants and buy healthy foods for home consumption and packed lunches when fast food prices are so cheap. The recession may make people spend less, but they do not eat less.