• Obesity 'Threatens Global Food Reserves'
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[URL]http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16248490[/URL] [QUOTE][B]The world's population is in danger of running out of food if obesity growth is not tackled, scientists are warning.[/B] The weight carried by fat people could have the same impact on food demands as an extra one billion people, researchers claim after examining the average weight of adults across the globe.The authors of the study - scientists from the [URL="http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/"][B]London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine[/B][/URL] - said that the energy requirement of humans depends not only on numbers but average mass. And tackling population weight is crucial for food security and ecological sustainability, they suggest. "Everyone accepts that population growth threatens global environmental sustainability - our study shows that population fatness is also a major threat," said Professor Ian Roberts, who led the research at LSHTM. "Unless we tackle both population and fatness, our chances are slim." The world's adult population weighs 287 million tonnes, 15 million of which is due to being overweight and 3.5 million is due to obesity, according to the study being published in [URL="http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/"][B]BMC Public Health[/B][/URL]. The data, collected from the [URL="http://indepth.news.sky.com/InDepth/topic/United_Nations"][B]United Nations[/B][/URL] and the [URL="http://indepth.news.sky.com/InDepth/topic/World_Health_Organisation"][B]World Health Organisation[/B][/URL], shows that while the average global weight per person was 62kg in 2005, Britons weighed 75kg and the average adult in the US weighed in at 81kg. Across Europe, the average weight was 70.8kg, compared with 57.7kg in Asia. More than half of people living in Europe are overweight compared with only 24.2% of Asian people. Almost three-quarters of people living in North America are overweight. The United Nations predicts that by 2050 there could be a further 2.3 billion people on the planet and that the ecological implications of the rising population numbers will be exacerbated by increases in average body mass, researchers said. They forecast that if all people had the same average body mass index as Americans, the total human biomass would increase by 58 million tonnes. [/QUOTE] I understand that this is sensationalist. There is no reason to bring it up for the first seven posts.
3 quarters of people in North America are overweight? That sounds rather dubious.
Have a quote: "One day the poor will be so poor, that only thing left to eat is the rich"
I know this will sound horrible, but we need to implement a system to limit amount of food people can buy based on how many people are in the family.
Uh what. So it isn't obesity but rather a different way of phrasing "all the food is going to these countries" which is a thing that has been happening since forever.
[QUOTE=Worldwaker;36392462]Have a quote: "One day the poor will be so poor, that only thing left to eat is the rich"[/QUOTE] Another take on that is "one day the rich will have nothing to eat except money"
Yeah.
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[QUOTE=Tuskin;36392471]I know this will sound horrible, but we need to implement a system to limit amount of food people can buy based on how many people are in the family.[/QUOTE] Sounds like a human rights conflict waiting to happen.
That's just rationing. Governments have done it tons of times in times of war.
They are like saying Asians are the healthiest when they can barely even afford any food, and starve for so long. Like North Korea.
[QUOTE=lolo;36393422]They are like saying Asians are the healthiest when they can barely even afford any food, and starve for so long. Like North Korea.[/QUOTE] Because North Korea is all of Asia. And if that were the case, i'm pretty sure Africa would be the "healthiest". As far as i've seen, most people in Asian countries just have a healthier diet, but then again, I HAVE been seeing more and more fat kids in Singapore the last time I was there. The cause, from my point of view, is more and more Mac's, KFC's and Burger Kings and *insert actually shitty fast food restaurant here* popping up around there. Problem is actually not even the restaurants, but the parents that just allow the kids their junk food whenever they want. [b]Edit:[/b] Slightly more on topic, I hope in +/- 40 year's people have already realised that some should really have a change of diet. Not even because of the food reserves, just for general health.
That title is the most sensationalist bullshit I've seen in a while fuck I had to say it
Then we better just kill 6 billion people. What if we get to 11 billion people in 25 years and can't feed ourselves!?!?!? /cough
[QUOTE=Sobotnik;36392456]3 quarters of people in North America are overweight? That sounds rather dubious.[/QUOTE] Article's pure bullshit. There's been studies done that prove the earth contains enough food for the world population 3 times over. It's just the [i]distribution[/i] of the food that's lackluster
If you can't control your own fatass eating habits or can't be bothered to get up off the couch then you deserve to get fat, get diabetes, and die early. The government shouldn't have to implement laws to control you because you have no willpower.
[QUOTE=Pantz76;36394400]If you can't control your own fatass eating habits or can't be bothered to get up off the couch then you deserve to get fat, get diabetes, and die early. The government shouldn't have to implement laws to control you because you have no willpower.[/QUOTE] okay sorry mom!!
[QUOTE=Worldwaker;36392462]Have a quote: "One day the poor will be so poor, that only thing left to eat is the rich"[/QUOTE] What they they turn into zombies?
[QUOTE=Worldwaker;36392462]Have a quote: "One day the poor will be so poor, that only thing left to eat is the rich"[/QUOTE] "Let them eat Frank!"
[QUOTE=Tuskin;36392471]I know this will sound horrible, but we need to implement a system to limit amount of food people can buy based on how many people are in the family.[/QUOTE] Doesn't sound horrible. What we need to do it put big doors to the section with healthy foods, and when it comes to the candy and such, put small doors. Imo, Ricky Gervais nailed it.
Am I the only one who is legitimately disgusted by fat people? They have no excuse. (Not talking about chubby people or people with thyroid or what have you)
you guys are being insensitive, fat people are never responsible for their own obesity, it's always some genetic or mental factor, dont make me think you believe in something like free will, responsibility is non-existent, these guys need help! this applies to everything else too that can be seen as negative
Here's an idea: Whoever has a BMI in the 'obese' range would have a limit on the calories they can purchase. Oh, and, there are no 'natural liberties' to respect. Nothing is sacred or permanent. If doing something is more beneficial than not doing it, the action should be done. If torturing a terror suspect who set up a time bomb in the central park full of people could get the password (or a course of actions) to disarm the bomb, it should be done. The benefits of the means and ends should be computed. There should be no 'sacred' or 'natural' rights.
[QUOTE=GenPol;36396018]Here's an idea: Whoever has a BMI in the 'obese' range would have a limit on the calories they can purchase. [/QUOTE] Fuck you, no i eat what i want, i dont want to choose.
[QUOTE=Pantz76;36394400]If you can't control your own fatass eating habits or can't be bothered to get up off the couch then you deserve to get fat, get diabetes, and die early. The government shouldn't have to implement laws to control you because you have no willpower.[/QUOTE] You're a tool, and I agree with you.
[QUOTE=Cheeseist;36396038]Fuck you, no i eat what i want, i dont want to choose.[/QUOTE] This puts a huge burden not only on the natural resources which are running out, but also on the hunger and poverty problems. Every additional hamburger you swallow down your fat throat is also a hamburger which hasn't been allocated to a starving person, or a person who lives below their dietary means.
Hurr durr legislate for the lowest common denominator, government fat camps. durr durr
[QUOTE=Motherfuckers;36396084]Hurr durr legislate for the lowest common denominator, government fat camps. durr durr[/QUOTE] Nice straw man.
All these enraged people are fat themselves, but not super fat, YET I can see your rapidly degrading bodies through the internet because I'm a wizard.
[QUOTE=Pantz76;36394400]If you can't control your own fatass eating habits or can't be bothered to get up off the couch then you deserve to get fat, get diabetes, and die early. The government shouldn't have to implement laws to control you because you have no willpower.[/QUOTE] The problem is that the little money required to get fat is a very powerful thing in other countries.
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