U.N. Jumps on Fat Bashing Bandwagon

Considering the United Nations own peacekeeping forces is rife with pedophiles, I don’t think they are in any position to make any sort of decision about anything. I mean, really, an organization that is supposed to be all about human rights, fairness, and help that can’t properly screen it’s own people is in NO position to make any statements as far as I’m concerned.

Well, last month I posted on a story that blamed global warming on the obese. Today we have a story that the U.N. is blaming fat people for the food crisis and starvation of millions.

Joanne Laucius , Canwest News Service

Published: Sunday, June 08, 2008

OTTAWA – The world’s overweight people have been slammed again, this time for taking food out of the mouths of the world’s poor.

“The excess consumption by the world’s obese costs $20 billion annually, to which must be added indirect costs of $100 billion resulting from premature death and related diseases,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization director-general Jacques Diouf said this week at a summit on world food security in Rome.

Ouch. It used to be that the overweight were only hurting themselves and attracting unflattering attention because they needed wider airline seats and bigger hospital beds. Now, they’re also being blamed for harming the world’s most vulnerable people.


Last month, a letter from two British researchers was published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet. It argued that the eating habits of the obese were contributing to the world food crisis by pushing up food prices. And they had the calculations on body mass index and consumption to prove it.

Researchers Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine said obese people consume 18 per cent more calories than average, resulting in more fuel consumption to produce and transport food. Overeating by the obese drives up the cost of food for those who can’t afford it and contributes to global warming.

The argument is both new and old. It evokes a visceral response to an injustice – the obese are overweight because of the moral weakness of gluttony and the luck to be born in prosperous societies. The weakness and luck of some people is hurting innocent people.


But it will take more than the world’s overweight people deciding to cut down on consumption to change the structure of the global food system, said Patel, who calls Diouf’s comments “a tremendously disturbing” development.

One in 10 people on Earth – about 800 million people – are hungry. They are now outnumbered by the one billion people who are now overweight. But they didn’t all get that way by hogging the world’s food resources.

“The ‘world’s obese’ are not a homogeneous category, and there are many pathways to becoming obese,” said Patel.

Read the FULL STORY here.

This nonsense is just never going to end until we are all anorexic, freezing to death living in caves and walking everywhere.

I don’t know about you, but I say “ENOUGH ALREADY“!!!!


~ by swfreedomlover on June 9, 2008.

One Response to “U.N. Jumps on Fat Bashing Bandwagon”

  1. This researcher-Raj Patel,author of “Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System”–has gotten the point: It’s not “the fat” that’s the problem, or even “overeating” (whatever that is), but is a problem of politics, distribution of food resources, and the biggest problem of all, which is getting ignored by the “starve them to beauty” crowd As Patel commented:

    “To blame ‘the obese’ is to miss the point. It’s not obesity that’s a crime – it’s poverty.”

    ‘Nuff said.

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