Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Why Do Anti-Hunger and Anti-Obesity Initiatives Always Fall Short?
ScienceDaily,com ^ | July 23, 2012 | ScienceDaily

Posted on 07/24/2012 1:51:30 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ScienceDaily (July 23, 2012) — With widespread hunger continuing to haunt developing nations, and obesity fast becoming a global epidemic, any number of efforts on the parts of governments, scientists, non-profit organizations and the business world have taken aim at these twin nutrition-related crises. But all of these efforts have failed to make a large dent in the problems, and now an unusual international collaboration of researchers is explaining why.

Publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers argue that while hunger and obesity are caused by a perfect storm of multiple factors acting in concert, the efforts to counter them have been narrowly focused and isolated. Overcoming the many barriers to achieving healthy nutrition worldwide, the researchers argue, will instead require an unprecedented level of joint planning and action between academia, government, civil society and industry.

In particular, the authors of the papers in the PNAS special feature propose an ambitious plan to remake the ways food is grown, processed, distributed, sold and consumed. The plan focuses on innovations that simultaneously take into account the needs of farmers, the complexity of nutrition-related human biology and decision-making, and the power of profit incentives in the commercial sector. The result, the researchers say, is "a roadmap for a transdisciplinary science to support change of sufficient scale and scope" to carve out "an alternative path from tradition to industrialization" -- one that "promotes healthy lifestyles and environments rather than undermining them."

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: agriculture; bullystate; globalism; health; hunger; malnutrition; nannystate; nutrition; obesity

1 posted on 07/24/2012 1:51:42 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Uber Global Agri-Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 07/24/2012 1:53:29 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Maybe the sheer size of Moochelle’s hind end has something to do with it. Kind of like the First Gay President speaking out on transparency.
3 posted on 07/24/2012 2:00:10 PM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’m curious who coined the term “Anti-obesity?” Does anyone know any obesity proponents? Is there a cabal of 400 lb. men waddling around to driving around on Rascals espousing the benefits of being morbidly obese?

I don’t know many who would argue that obesity is a problem, but I think the problem is more a symptom of larger issues in society such as a lack of physical exercise thanks to comfort-controlled entertainment. When I was a kid, climbing a tree, playing cops & robbers on our bikes, hide-n-seek, and swimming were daily necessities to beat boredom. We sweat and ate anything we want without gaining much.

Nowadays kids are eating more and burning less. They’re online playing video games or “socializing” on Facebook. They’re watching one of the thousands of television channels filled with mind-numbing sleaze. Or they’re sitting around their air-conditioned homes complaining that there’s “nothing to do” akin to the kids who look in a refrigerator full of not-instantly-ready food complaining “There’s nothing to eat!”

Society needs a reboot as opposed to being regulated into some level of consumption compliance. Who determines what’s healthy? The government’s been putting out nutrition information for decades, but kids and adults continue to get fat. Perhaps government’s been the problem all along?


4 posted on 07/24/2012 2:01:57 PM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Not a good comparison. Hunger, even starvation, mostly happens where some local warlord decides to steal all the food to sell, or he wants to starve some hated minority or tribe. They can deliver all the food they want for those starving people, and they will still starve, because he wants them to. Hunger is involuntary.

Whereas obesity is entirely voluntary. A large number of people want to overeat, and have metabolisms that store such extra food. If they didn’t want to be obese, they would stop eating so much. But it is their choice. There is food, and they choose to eat it.

Importantly, anyone who says government should intervene in this is a totalitarian who wants to deny people the choice to lead the life they want to lead. They see people as servants of the state, not as individuals that have individual goals, hopes and dreams.


5 posted on 07/24/2012 2:16:19 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Fat people are fat because they have no self control. It is solely up to them.


6 posted on 07/24/2012 2:18:14 PM PDT by EEGator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rarestia

Do a web search on the terms < fat acceptance > ... you might be surprised at what you find.


7 posted on 07/24/2012 2:21:29 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The article promotes yet another round of central planning. This time more of an attempt to re-establish the old Technocracy movement where the world would be run by scientists... you know like the science of eugenics.


8 posted on 07/24/2012 2:28:42 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good a blaster kid.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Probably for the same reason anti-alcohol, anti-drugs, anti-porn, anti-gambling, anti-anything people like to do initiatives fail.


9 posted on 07/24/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

‘WHY?’ duh - We the People did not elect you to tell us what to EAT. On our buck.


10 posted on 07/24/2012 2:34:42 PM PDT by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: rarestia
"Does anyone know any obesity proponents?"


11 posted on 07/24/2012 2:40:56 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Make fat people hungry and hungry people fat so there will be no problem.


12 posted on 07/24/2012 2:41:38 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All


Help End The Obama Era In 2012
Your Monthly and Quarterly Donations
Help Keep FR In the Battle!

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


13 posted on 07/24/2012 2:43:39 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"will instead require an unprecedented level of joint planning and action between academia, government, civil society and industry."

All your farm and food are belong to us.

This is just another power trip that will result in the death of millions if people are stupid enough to buy into it.

14 posted on 07/24/2012 2:46:25 PM PDT by Valpal1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Overcoming the many barriers to achieving healthy nutrition worldwide, the researchers argue, will instead require an unprecedented level of joint planning and action between academia, government, civil society and industry.

Ohhh, Unprecedented!? Exciting! /sarc

They want more money for their coffers... academia, government, civil society and industry... They are running out of Tobacco money.

15 posted on 07/24/2012 2:49:24 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Why do Anti-Hunger and Anti-Obesity Initiatives Always Fall Short?

'Cuz they taste funny. :)

16 posted on 07/24/2012 2:58:19 PM PDT by techcor (I hope Obama succeeds, in being a one term president.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

easy one.

Because any attempt to help most people only enables their underlying continuous bad decisions which put them in the position of needing help to begin with, and ironically actually simultaniously encourages others to make similar bad decisions and live off the work of others.


17 posted on 07/24/2012 3:05:49 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Science Daily - sounds and reads like something out of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. A political site masquerading as a “science” site.


18 posted on 07/24/2012 3:09:01 PM PDT by Clock King
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wha?


19 posted on 07/24/2012 3:24:54 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
These are made-up crises designed to be the next step in controlling every aspect of everyone's daily lives.

We could at least drink and smoke nearly everywhere we wanted during the last depression.

Now, they're going after foods they don't like, movies and football.

I'm glad I only have somewhere between 4 minutes and 40 years to live - probably a lot closer to 4 minutes.

20 posted on 07/24/2012 4:21:53 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The solution to global warming? Big government and central planning.

The solution to gun violence? Big government and central planning.

The solution to high medical care prices? Big government and central planning.

The solution to gun violence? Big government and central planning.

Overcoming the many barriers to achieving healthy nutrition worldwide, the researchers argue, will instead require an unprecedented level of joint planning and action between academia, government, civil society and industry.

The solution to both hunger and obesity? Once again, no surprise. I read book 3 of the Hunger Games, but unlike big government liberals, I did not see District 13 as a desirable utopia.

21 posted on 07/24/2012 5:11:46 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Because they aren’t supposed to.


22 posted on 07/24/2012 5:57:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“joint planning and action between academia, government, civil society and industry.
In particular, the authors of the papers in the PNAS special feature propose an ambitious plan to remake the ways food is grown, processed, distributed, sold and consumed.”

Yeah, a food system based on soviet principles WOULD take care of the ‘obesity’ problem!


23 posted on 07/24/2012 6:08:06 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; ...
Re: Why Do Anti-Hunger and Anti-Obesity Initiatives Always Fall Short?

When you are standing in the express line with a pound of hamburger and the 300 pound plus person ahead of you... has huge T-Bone steaks, doughnuts and cheesecake they pay for with Food Stamps, you really do wonder?

24 posted on 07/24/2012 6:19:18 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The War on Climate Change is kaput. The War on Obesity is now underway.


25 posted on 07/24/2012 6:26:43 PM PDT by Ken H
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


26 posted on 07/24/2012 9:01:18 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

It’s analogous to the Shakespearean approach to perfect justice — “kill all the lawyers”. If we’d have a zero tolerance policy toward the various public scolds and other jackoffs who manage to make good money criticizing the food producers, who at least work for a living, we’d have better nutrition, better overall health, and improvements in longevity.

Thanks Tolerance Sucks Rocks.


27 posted on 07/25/2012 5:20:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: mrsmith
Yeah, a food system based on soviet principles WOULD take care of the ‘obesity’ problem!

No food, no problem! Easy-peasy!

28 posted on 07/25/2012 6:51:47 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson