Food Shortage and Obesity? - Global Warming's role
Food shortages and high costs of whole foods are leading to obesity
Date: 10/13/2007 7:11:06 PM ( 14 y ) ... viewed 1218 times
Has Global Warming already started a food shortage?
Real foods, "whole foods" are now either not available or much more expensive than they previously were. Have you seen a grapefruit lately? Or noticed the price of orange juice? That is because weather patterns are no longer stable as they were just a decade ago, and as they were for the past 100s of years, due to global warming.
Climate changes are causing bad weather, obviously, including more severe drought and floods [now occuring in the SAME season] and even unexpected early frosts, oddly enough. These are having a negative impact on food crops. Somehow, we seem to still be able to grow corn and wheat and other grains, maybe because those crops do not require more than one season to produce a harvest like fruits trees do. Also, those crops can be stored whereas whole foods often cannot be stored for long periods of time.
Of course, when whole foods and protein-rich fods are not available or too costly, people simply replace them with cheaper foods, which are invariably the 'carbohydrate crops'. We tend to have a more 'bowls of cereal' when we only have $5 for food.
The resulting effect on people is multi-stage:
- diets with lots of carbohydrates make people store fat in ways that protien diets do not;
- that in turn causes a type of eating disorder where we feel compelled to overeat. Carbs, after all, do not satisfy the body, and we will therefore continue to eat.
- obesity is the final result of eating too much carbohydrates, and we see the evidence in exploding obesity rates in North America and even beginning in European nations now too.
Obesity is also a factor of 'addiction to eating', and we are seeing an increase in ALL addictions these days. Depression and anxiety will cause people to overeat and to have addictions. The reasons for our increasing anxieties are many, but the stressors of worsening personal finances, and the chaos of the larger social picture around the world must be adding to our anxiety.
On a related note, AIDS does not thrive nearly as well when people have adequate food! There are some people I know personally who have HIV but do not take any pills at all, and still do NOT get sick, possibly just because they are eating the right foods and staying generally healthy.
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