Date of publication: 2017-09-04 02:16
In the poverty section primarily, but also in other parts of this web site, much has been written about the causes of hunger in the face of abundant food production due to things like land use, political and economic causes, etc. However, there is another side to this emerging as well: growing obesity. The World Watch Institute noted this quite a while ago and is worth quoting at length:
The most impactful strategies also typically focus on helping children maintain a healthy weight since it is much easier and more effective to prevent obesity than to try to reverse it later and to provide adults with opportunities for improved nutrition and increased physical activity, to be as healthy as possible no matter their weight.
Furthermore, the recent UK Foresight Report makes clear the complexity of drivers that produce obesity it highlights that most are societal issues and therefore require societal responses.
Obesity costs our nation more than $699 billion in healthcare costs each year. 55 Indirect costs attributable to obesity also run in the billions due to absenteeism in school and jobs and reduced productivity. One study estimated indirect absenteeism costs to be as much as $ billion annually. 56
We are in a sad state of affairs. When I left highschool they had started serving Taco Bell and Pizza Hut as options in the cafeteria, needless to say I loved the Idea then, but now I think it is the worst thing I could imagine for my own kids. This is a good short documentary by the way which I viewed yesterday.
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But it&rsquo s not just a matter of obese people deciding they&rsquo re going to eat less, says Donna H. Ryan, ., co-chair of the committee that wrote the recent obesity guidelines and professor emerita at Louisiana State University&rsquo s Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.