- Obesity is a major contributing cause of a lot of health problems, most especially Type 2 diabetes
- The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a reasonable measure for most people, as long as you use a bit of common sense about people with high muscle mass
- What determines your BMI is a simple matter of calories in minus calories out; where complications arise is in what determines calories in and calories out
- However, shouting at people to eat less and exercise more accomplishes little to nothing
I think it is reasonable, however, to draw the conclusion that the free market is failing horribly to distribute food in anything like an optimal manner. The human brains appetite networks are not calibrated for a world where you can get fat and sugar on tap and you dont have to walk ten kilometres a day if you dont want to. We who live in developed countries consume more than is good for us and expend less energy than is good for us. Thats not so much a matter of us being wealthy these effects hit the poor in unequal developed countries hardest as of us being urbanized, industrialized, having work schedules that rely on pre-processed foods which give us a quick hit of energy to the brain. Meanwhile as people continue to starve in undeveloped countries, supermarkets throw food away by the tonne on the pretext of it not being fresh, and then prosecute people who retrieve it. I dont believe most of the scaremongering that goes on around genetically engineered foods (because science, again) but I dont think theyre going to solve nutrition poverty in the undeveloped world. Those GM supercrops are just going to end up in Western supermarket dumpsters.
So capitalism is not doing what its supposed to. But the one alternative to capitalism that anybodys seriously tried in the past couple of centuries, that of course being communism, did even worse. Thats partly because queuing is not such a great system of goods distribution either, but its also in large part because they let their politics dictate their agricultural science. Crops were supposed to grow stronger if planted close together, out of class solidarity, you see. It didnt work out. Can we please start letting the evidence drive our thinking, instead of the other way around?