Recently at work, I experienced a terrible stomach ache. It started as a bloated feeling with cramping, only I was bloating in reverse. My stomach looked like it was being sucked in, which was actually kind of nice, if not for the cramps. I tried taking a chewable form of relief, but the cramping persisted. Away flew my cheerful demeanor, I could barely concentrate. Break time arrived, and I sat down to a nice portion of my daughter's gluten-free macaroni and cheese with spinach and green beans. The pain stopped, almost immediately.
You know that little light bulb that appears over people's heads? It's real. At that moment, I had a visit from the light bulb fairy. "Holy cow" I thought, "Was that a hunger pain?"
I haven't been hungry in so long, that I forgot what it was, and didn't recognize it when it hit me. If that was just from being mildly hungry, I can't imagine how awful it must be for someone who is truly starving. Here are some facts:
In round numbers, there are 7 billion people in the world. Thus, with an estimated 925 million hungry people in the world 13.1 percent or almost 1 in 7 people are hungry. Women make up over 60 percent of the world's hungry.
Also, 1 in 6 people lack safe drinking water. I personally believe that count is higher, I can't believe that city water is safe to drink.
So why is there a problem with obesity? To me, the answer to that is simple: people eat far too much crap that doesn't contain nutrients. The body will remain hungry until you get enough nutrients. So you can consume a bazillion calories in junk and still be hungry. But if you eat mostly fruits and vegetables, you will give your starving overweight body everything it needs. Don't say I never told you anything useful.
Now go drop some money in a charity box and stop judging those poor obese people with food cards.
What we really need to do is protect our natural food supply. Buy local when you can. Don't vote for crooked politicians who sign "bad" bills that hurt our rights. There is only one thing that I can think of that is worse than hunger, and that is not being able to breathe. We'll get to that one later.