In 1990, there are more people dying of malnutrition than those who have more than enough food. Sounds right? I thought so too. As commercialism took over the world, lifestyle changed. Today, three times more people die of too much food than malnutrition. “WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED???”
I was listening to a scientist explain why it is more important to choose healthier food today, and the difficulty in doing so because of too much noise. For nearly every food, some so-called experts would say, “That is healthy, eat it!” Others would say, “No, that is unhealthy. Avoid at all cost!” So which is which?
“What? More people die of too much food?” Like you, my friends, I thought it is logical to believe that malnutrition (with images of the malnourished children in Africa in mind) kills more people.
So I did what I always do, check the facts. It’s not that I do not trust scientists, but when a scientist says something, there has to be a basis and I would like to see those supporting documents.
Too Much Food vs. Malnutrition
The lifespan of people has increased and that is due to better medicines. Worldwide, there are more people who live with disability (illnesses). It is reasonable to say that around you, family and relatives, you know people who have chronic illnesses (degenerative diseases). Obesity and high blood sugar have replaced malnutrition as leading risks.
I don’t know about you, but at 47 years old, I noticed illnesses that used to be associated with old people are now becoming common with younger people.
“What the F**K is going on?” I thought to myself. Of course, I know the answer, but I wanted to see the evidence. I know what I see and observe, but I wanted to have conclusive facts.
The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010), a collaborative project led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington conducted a massive research involving 500 scientists in 50 countries and published their findings in The Lancet.
The world is getting heavier. In the past two decades, obesity has risen globally by 82% (excluding sub-Saharan Africa region). Too much food? Poor food choices? Unhealthy food?
In the past 20 years, the projected lifespan of men has increased by 10.7 years, women by 12.6 years. People today live longer, get sick younger. That’s a lot of years of pain and suffering, and expensive too.
As a friend once said, “I only have one life to live. So I will enjoy my food.” We were talking about weight management and her refusal to change her food choices to better manage her weight.
“One of the perks of food blogging is that I get to try new foods and eat in different restaurants for free.” A food blogger told me.
Before I sat down to write this article, I walked around Shangri-La Mall. Great food choices especially in the new wing, that’s what I saw. None offer truly healthy food. This reminds me of one time I was looking at a tarp on a chicharon (fried pork rind) stall. They proudly state how their chicharon has less cholesterol and fats. “ARE YOU F*****G KIDDING ME???” I screamed in my head. “You are telling me this unhealthy food is healthy???”
For younger people, and sometimes the not so young ones. Food choices only matter when the pain and suffering starts.
How about you?