Seriously, am I the only one who thinks this is good news?
Obese people now outnumber the hungry globally, but hardship for the undernourished is increasing amid a growing food crisis, the International Federation of the Red Cross warned Thursday.
The Geneva-based humanitarian group focused on nutrition in its annual World Disasters Report, released in New Delhi, seeking to highlight the disparity between rich and poor, as well problems caused by a recent spike in prices.
In statistics used to underline the unequal access to food, the IFRC stressed there were 1.5 billion people suffering obesity worldwide last year, while 925 million were undernourished.
“If the free interplay of market forces has produced an outcome where 15 percent of humanity are hungry while 20 percent are overweight, something has gone wrong somewhere,” secretary general Bekele Geleta said in a statement.
I think I see the problem: what free interplay of market forces?
Show me 925 million undernourished, and I’ll show you the citizens of basket case, corrupt, and very likely Marxist countries. Guar-an-teed. Show me 1.5 billion Fat Alberts, and I’ll show you the beneficiaries of either enlightened capitalism—or a hell of a lot of oil.
But doesn’t this story put the lie to all those nervous nellies who say we’re running out of food? If 20% are too tubby and 15% are too thin (I thought there was no such thing), then it sounds to me like we have a 5% surplus. Just invite the 925 million undernourished over for leftovers (I saw some nice pomegranate salads on one of the Israeli news sites), and send them home with 925 million Tupperware containers of yummies.
Come on, people, don’t make this so hard.
PS: I was discussing American obesity with someone the other day, who thought it was a disgrace. I said big deal: we eat too much because we can. Seriously, what would be the evolutionary advantage of a small appetite—when you don’t know when your next bite of mastodon is coming from? So, until we breed ourselves into a species of Keira Knightleys and Adrien Brodys, don’t stand between us and a plate of Mrs. Fields’ cookies if you know what’s good for you.
PPS: When the other person complained that their obesity cost us money (through increased health costs), I countered with the undeniable fact that other people’s stupidity (loosely defined) costs society dearly every minute of every day. Our whole country is suffering under the imbecility of those 4% of the people who voted for imbecile we have in the White House over the imbecile we could have had.