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US Adult Obesity Rate Rises Again. https://www.yahoo.com/health/us-adult-obesity-rate-rises-again-109302297992.html
Walmart contributes to obesity.
A new report puts some of the blame for Americans’ expanding waistlines on the growth of new Wal-Mart supercenters in the US.
“We live in an environment with increasingly cheap and readily available junk food,” Charles Courtemanche, an assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University and one of the report’s co-authors, told the Washington Post. “We buy in bulk. We tend to have more food around. It takes more and more discipline and self-control to not let that influence your weight.”
Matter of national security.
Mission: Readiness, an organization of retired military leaders, has reported that 27 percent of today’s young adults are too fat to serve in the military, causing concern about the strength of the nation’s future military. http://www.prb.org/Publica
The new data shows that if current trends continue, 43 percent of U.S. adults will be obese and obesity spending will quadruple to $344 billion by 2018. However, if obesity rates are instead held at current levels, the U.S. would save nearly $200 billion in health care costs. http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/media-center/releases/new-data-shows-obesity-costs-will-grow-344-billion-2018
World shifts focus to hidden hunger as global obesity expands.
The study’s authors emphasize that obesity and other derivatives of poor nutrition -- collectively termed "hidden hunger"-- have become increasingly important issues as traditional hunger has eroded. The ODI found increased consumption of meats, sugars, fats and oils across the globe and noted that “increasingly, the concern is less about macro-nutrition and more about micro-nutrition.”
Food loss due in part to centralization and over eating.
In 2011, 1.3 billion tons of food, or about one third of all the food produced globally, was lost or wasted annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. In developed countries, the average person wastes about 100 kilograms of food every year.
Locally grown food would help.
Research shows that based on average weight gain through adulthood,
people are consuming 20 to 30 per cent too many calories. So eating a healthier, more balanced diet would not only help tackle the obesity epidemic, it would also take as much as a third of the caloric demands out of the global food chain. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/food-waste-overeating-threaten-global-security-1.2436729
Highly centralized distribution of products.
Above is just one example of our current economic model that is unsustainable.
So what is the solution?
“Designing for quality of life defined by experiential and social wealth, not material wealth.” (Further Reading) We often define “quality of life” in terms of material consumption–something that it seems fairly clear will decline due to energy descent. But is material consumption really what gives our lives quality? Our current system is geared toward maximizing production and consumption–how can it be redesigned to instead maximize our health, our happiness, the vibrancy of our communities and other sources of true “quality” of life?” http://www.resilience.org/stories/2010-05-02/promise-decentralization-localization-and-scale-free-self-sufficiency
Technology can help.
As applications of technology expand and prices drop, the first big implication is that more goods will be manufactured at or close to their point of purchase or consumption. This might even mean household-level production of some things. (You’ll pay for raw materials and the IP–the software files for any designs you can’t find free on the web). Short of that, many goods that have relied on the scale efficiencies of large, centralized plants will be produced locally. Even if the per-unit production cost is higher, it will be more than offset by the elimination of shipping and of buffer inventories. Whereas cars today are made by just a few hundred factories around the world, they might one day be made in every metropolitan area. Parts could be made at dealerships, repair shops and assembly plants could eliminate the need for supply chain management by making components as needed. https://hbr.org/2013/03/3-d-printing-will-change-the-world
Power grids and local power production.
New technologies like micro-nuclear power generations and efficient and affordable solar energy.
New research in orbiting solar power stations.
Cars printed on demand locally.
Please read more: Here is one of my articles about the new approach to a sustainable economic model based on new technology and new thinking of what makes us happy.