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Thread #78659   Message #1423280
Posted By: John Hardly
28-Feb-05 - 05:17 PM
Thread Name: BS: Why do we need poverty?
Subject: RE: BS: Why do we need poverty?
This is fascinating. It seems that in order to continue to have alaming hunger and malnutrition in the United States, they had to redefine the terms "hunger" and "malnutrition". So now, when you read statistics about hunger in the US, our numbers appear much the same as a third world country because, though in the third world countries hunger is actual malnourishment, in the US we are "hunger threatened" and that's the same thing. Also the same thing as starvation in the third world (according to the article) is "feeling discomfort" in the US. So, statistically, we are in a dead heat with the third world for leading the world in hunger.

It also appears that a great deal of our malnourishment problem stems, not from lack of food, but in lack of good food/eating decisions. Seems that many of our malnourished are, ironically, obese.