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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:23 PM

Obesity a threat to food security (xpost)

From yesterdays LBN:

Obesity a threat to food security
Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Scientists say that overweight people are a threat to future food security.

Increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra one billion people, researchers say after examining the average weight of adults across the globe.

Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) say that tackling population weight is crucial for food security and ecological sustainability.

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 will be exacerbated by increases in average body mass, researchers said.


Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/obesity-a-threat-to-food-security-20120618-20jb5.html

Here's the press release: http://www.biomedcentral.com/presscenter/pressreleases/20120618
Here's the abstract: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/12/439/abstract
Here's the full paper (provisional): http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1471-2458-12-439.pdf
(open access - free to download)

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XemaSab Jun 2012 #1

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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:38 PM

1. It's probably not just the actual literal food

but the kinds of food and the supply chains that tend to lead to obesity.

There's more fat people at the Walmart than at the farmer's market.

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