Obesity—now threatening the future of the planet


According to new study, Tackling population fatness may be critical to world food security and ecological sustainability.

As I have often said; most people are just following their natural instincts in an unnatural world — it’s up to the educated leaders to take responsibility and lead by “being the change” we must see in this world.

Now that should get your attention. As we pointed out clearly in Part II of our book, what you eat affects a lot more than just your own health or waistline.

Last week, CBS of Atlanta reported on a recent study conducted by scientists in London—finding that the obese persons of the world are playing an increasingly large role in the rate at which the planet’s finite resources are used. And although obesity touches all corners of the Earth, it was found that we Americans were especially weighing down the planet. From the article:

“If all countries had the [body mass index] distribution of the USA, the increase in human biomass of 58 million [metric tons] would be equivalent in mass to an extra 935 million people of average body mass, and have energy requirements equivalent to that of 473 million adults,” the research dictated.

Not everyone is obese, but most of them are enough overweight to cause the dock to collapse moments later.

The problem of obesity has become ubiquitous. The other night on the evening news, they showed a video of a wedding party on a dock. Many of the party, including the bride, appeared to be overweight or obese—then the dock on which they were standing gave way and the entire group of about twenty well-dressed people suddenly found themselves in four feet of water.

It gets worse. Now, there’s the need for larger seats on airplanes, bigger beds, bigger clothes, more calories per person and on and on. The study shows that “Increasing population fatness could have the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth.” The article concluded:

“Although the concept of biomass is rarely applied to the human species, the ecological implications of increasing body mass are significant and ought to be taken into account when evaluating future trends and planning for future resource challenges,” the study found. ”Tackling population fatness may be critical to world food security and ecological sustainability.”

Here they are in the water. What fun.

The Bottom Line. Tackling “population fatness” for most people means weight-loss diets, portion control and exercising. Although our doctors tell us we need to lose weight, at least 95% of them don’t know about the effortless and permanent weight-loss of a whole foods, plant-based diet.

Just imagine how many medical doctors are unknowingly placing their patients’ health at risk by recommending weight-loss diets like Atkins, Dukan or South Beach. None of those weight-loss diets are going to work long-term and their hefty levels of animal protein are ultimately going to take their toll in terms of more heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc.

Unfortunately, medical doctors receive little, if any, training in nutrition—and what they do receive is the same old “meat & dairy balanced diet” garbage from the USA. But the day they graduate from med school, they are now suddenly qualified to counsel patients about what they should be eating.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation

About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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One Response to Obesity—now threatening the future of the planet

  1. Thank you for your blog and continuing to point attention to many issues that are of so much importance if we are to survive sustainably on our little planet.
    One of the things we need to do is move back form the “Rights” based society to a “Responsibility” based society. All more basic societies were based on people with capabilities having responsibilities for those with little or no capabilities (eg parents for children) and no one had any rights without first demonstrating that they had taken on responsibilities pertinent to their situation. Today most people keep pushing the (false) mantra “it is my right to . . . “.
    We have a responsibility to feed ourselves in a healthy way and to care for those needing our care in a healthy way. If we do not show that responsibility then we do not have the rights that one taking their responsibility has.
    The majority of us now seem to think we have almost no responsibilities – we constantly hear ” . . it is my right . . (to eat what I like . . to do what I like . . . to behave how I like . . etc) and it is MY RIGHT to be fixed up when I stuff up.
    We did not use to have an obesity problem. Now we do and very few of the obese want to take any responsibility for their problem.
    Almost as an aside, if we required all airlines to charge on the basis of our BMI we may see an increase in responsibility by the obese for their obesity.

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