HUNGER, Obesity, & Poverty Connections

How can there be Hunger; children, and the elderly going HUNGRY in the richest, wealthiest, strongest, the greatest most powerful country in the world?

How are Hunger and Obesity connected?




For Everyone Born a Place at the Table
And God will delight when we are creators of Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.
Yes God will delight delight when we are creators of Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.



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For Everyone Born a Place at the Table
And God will delight when we are creators of Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.
Yes God will delight delight when we are creators of Justice, and Joy, Compassion and Peace.





The Nazareth Manifesto
The Mission of Jesus Christ

(This is also our ministry our mission!)

18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,(D) because he has anointed me to proclaim good news(E) to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a](F)20 Then he rolled up thescroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.(G) The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled(H) in your hearing.”

Matthew 25:31-46

A. Luke 4:16 : S Mt 2:23
B. Luke 4:16 : Mt 13:54
C. Luke 4:16 : S 1Ti 4:13
D. Luke 4:18 : S Jn 3:34
E.Luke 4:18 : Mk 16:15
F. Luke 4:19 : Lev 25:10; Isa 61:1-3; 
Ps 102:20; Psalm 103:6Isaiah 42:7 ;Isaiah 49:8-9 ;Isaiah 58:6
G. Luke 4:20 : ver 17; S Mt 26:55
H. H.Luke 4:21 : S Mt 1:22 

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‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did
for one of the least of these
brothers and sisters of mine,
you did for me.’

Matthew 25:40

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A Place at the Table Official Trailer #1 (2013) - Documentary Movie HD

"If another nation was doing this to our children, we'd be at war."

A Place at the Table

Jeff Bridges Founder of the End Hunger Network


And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly (
Ethically) with your God.

Micah 6:8





Sung by the Choir and Congregation of First Plymouth Church, Lincoln Nebraska on November 10, 2013. firstplymouth.org





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(The Rich & Powerful) believe their wealth and status qualifies them to sit in judgement of the poor rather than to assist them.

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CEV Poverty & Justice Bible - American Bible Society
Highlighting more than 2000 verses that wake us up to issues of poverty and justice.

The Poverty and Justice Bible is your guide to explore God’s messages and challenges regarding the poor. Backed by social justice campaigners including World Vision and other leading organizations, The Poverty and Justice Bible gives you:

Clear and accessible CEV text Highlighted verses to clarify your understanding of God’s passion for social justice.

A unique 56-page study guide to support your individual research and group discussion.

Practical suggestions on how you can make a difference in the lives of the poor and the oppressed. 




Bryan Field McFarland's current recording project is called Until All Are Fed, and brings together his music and his work as Hunger Action Advocate for the Presbytery of Salem, North Carolina. I got to talk with Bryan in preparation for this review, and he was kind enough to let me listen to advance tracks as the project took shape.

Until All are Fed

How long will we sing?

How long will we pray?

 How long will we write and send?

How long will we bring?

How long will we stay?

How long will we make amends?

Until all are fed!

We cry out; until all on earth have bread.

Like the One who loves us each

and every one we serve until all are fed!



Obesity 
Hunger & Obesity Paradox
(The Other Side of the Hunger Problem!)

How can Obesity be the flip-side,
the opposite-side of the coin?

What are we Feeding our Kids???

Hunger, Obesity, & Poverty Connection


“Happiness does not come from consumption of things.” 

― Thich Nhat Hanh





Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock's film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003 during which he ate only McDonald's food. - Wikipedia

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How can Obesity be the flip-side, the opposite side of the same coin/problem? Many children from lower income families do not have the budget, the resources to purchase fresh, wholesome, healthy, fresh foods. They have to depend on lower priced processed foods that are an unhealthy diet.

How can Processed Foods be so much cheaper than fresh foods, produce, fruit, and vegetables?

The United States Government subsidizes the corn, wheat, soybean industries so that processed foods are much cheaper! The government does not subsidize fresh fruits and vegetables. The standards for children’s school lunches are being lowered to maintain the corporate profits.
Large Corporations are being protected; Not Our Children!!!

How can a healthy diet for children compete with this?

Fast Food Giants Target Our Children!

· Advertising
· Ronald McDonald (appeals to kids)
· Playgrounds
· Happy Meals


These large corporations are hurting the health of our children! Obesity, heart disease, diabetes! These large Corporate Fast Food Giants are killing U.S. all in the name of Corporate Profits!

We “the People” have to take charge, Take Responsibility for our Health, we have to encourage change, we have to be aware of the dire unhealthy consequences, change our diets, fight with our pocket books, and refuse to buy Super Sized Junk Food that is literally killing our kids!

AWARENESS!

RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS! (consequences)

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR HEALTH!

TAKE ACTION!

SPREAD THE WORD!

REFUSE TO PURCHASE!

ENCOURAGE KIDS & YOURSELF TO LIVING & EATING A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE!!!

START NOW!!!




Obesity rates have more than doubled in adults and children since the 1970’s

(National Center for Health Statistics, 2009)

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are  overweight or obese!

Two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese (Flegal et al., 2012). In general, rates of overweight and obesity are higher for African-American and Hispanic women than Caucasian women, higher for Hispanic men than Caucasian and African-American men, higher in the South and Midwest, and tend to increase with age (Flegal et al., 2012; Gregg et al., 2009; Sherry et al., 2010). Research also shows that the heaviest Americans have become even heavier the past decade (Beydoun & Wang, 2009)

 

·        Racial-Ethnic Disparities
Recent national data show that 82.1 percent of Black women and 75.7 percent of Hispanic women are overweight or obese compared to 59.5 percent of White women (Flegal et al., 2012). In addition, over half of Black women are obese (versus 38.8 percent of Black men and 32.2 percent of White women) (Flegal et al., 2012). Extreme obesity continues to be higher among women (8.1 percent) than men (4.4 percent), especially among Black women who have more than double the rates of extreme obesity as White and Hispanic women (17.8 percent versus 7.1 percent and 6.0 percent) (Flegal et al., 2012). Rates of overweight or obesity are higher for Hispanic men (81.7 percent) compared to Black men (69.9 percent) and White men (74.0 percent), although obesity rates are fairly similar across racial-ethnic groups (Flegal et al., 2012).

 

Childhood Overweight and Obesity in the U.S.

About a quarter of 2-5 year olds and one-third of school-age children (including adolescents) are overweight or obese in the U.S.                                                       (Ogden et al., 2012).

Almost 31 percent of low-income preschoolers are overweight or obese!

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010). 

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Overweight and obesity rates tend to be higher and have increased more rapidly over time among African-American and Hispanic children than Caucasian children (Freedman et al., 2006; Ogden et al., 2012). The prevalence is also higher among children living in the Southern region of the U.S. (e.g., Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky) (Singh et al., 2008

 

·        Obesity Rates Racial-Ethnic Disparities
Based on recent national figures;
 

·        41.3% of black girls are obese.

·        38.6 Hispanic girls are obese.

·        25.6% white girls are obese.

About 40 percent of Hispanic boys are overweight or obese, compared to 36.9 percent and 30.1 percent of Black and White boys, respectively (Ogden et al., 2012). Rates are the highest, and very alarming, for 12-19 year old Hispanic boys (42.9 percent are overweight or obese) and 12-19 year old Black girls (45.1 percent are overweight or obese) (Ogden et al., 2012).

 

 Fighting Obesity and Hunger

Obesity is a major public health problem in the U.S.  While all segments of the population are affected, low-income and food insecure people are especially vulnerable due to the additional risk factors associated with poverty, including limited resources, limited access to healthy and affordable foods, and limited opportunities for physical activity.  Even individuals who are highly motivated can have difficulty eating healthy and being active if their environments do not support or allow such behaviors (Institute of Medicine, 2009).

In addition, households with limited resources to buy enough food often try to stretch their food budgets by purchasing cheap, energy-dense foods that are filling – meaning that they try to maximize their calories per dollar in order to stave off hunger.  Those who are food insecure may also overeat when food does become available, resulting in chronic ups and downs in food intake that can contribute to weight gain.  This is especially a problem for low-income women, who often restrict their food intake to protect their children from hunger.

 

http://frac.org/initiatives/hunger-and-obesity/

  

Resources:

·                                 FRAC Focus: Obesity and Poverty (newsletter)

·                                 Food Insecurity and Obesity: Understanding the Connections (pdf)

·                                 Do the Data Show a Relationship between Obesity and Poverty? (pdf)

·                                 A Review of Strategies to Bolster SNAP’s Role in Improving Nutrition as well as Food Security (pdf)

·                                 CQ Researcher: Should soda be excluded from foods food-stamp users can buy?(pdf)

·                                 How Improving Federal Nutrition Program Access and Quality Work Together to Reduce Hunger and Promote Healthy Eating (pdf)

·                                 How Competitive Foods in Schools Impact Student Health, School Meal Programs, and Students from Low-Income Families(pdf)

·                                 Proceedings of the Roundtable on Understanding the Paradox of



What's for Dinner?

“If we do not know how to take care of ourselves 

and to love ourselves, 

we cannot take care of the people we love. 

Loving oneself is the foundation 

for loving another person.” 

― Thich Nhat Hanh


Something that really surprised me when working as a pharmacist was why people would still gain weight even though they were following a strict low fat diet.

 After seeing so many people suffering from obesity related diseases like heart disease, diabetes and the side effects of the medication they were taking, I was strongly motivated to research what actually causes people to become obese, it clearly was not just the fat they were eating!

 I actually discovered that a trigger factor for many widespread diseases of the west such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes could be closely linked to the consumption of one particular substance found in many processed foods and drinks – fructose in the form of high fructose corn syrup.

 Fructose is the form of high fructose corn syrup is found in pretty much all processed foods such as ready meals, fast foods, sweets and fizzy drinks and most people are totally unaware of its danger.

 It is also often found in ‘low fat’ supposedly healthy alternatives and even many popular weight loss products because food with the fat taken out simply tastes horrible. High fructose corn syrup in combination with many other additives are usually added to enhance the flavor.

 Glucose is the type of sugar our body loves. It gets metabolized by every cell in our body and is very easy to burn with very few toxic by-products. It also tells the brain to stop eating when you are full.

Fructose on the other hand is another type of sugar and is found in sucrose which breaks down to glucose and fructose.

Fructose is actually only metabolized by the liver and it’s very similar to ethanol (the alcohol in drinks).  When you consume it, it’s actually like ethanol but without the high. It confuses the liver and ends up making lots of bad fats in the process.  It also doesn’t signal your brain that you are full.  This is why people can drink massive cups of fizzy drinks which are high in fructose and still eat huge meals containing refined foods that are also full of fructose.

Many fruits also contain fructose, but nature has provided the antidote, as these fruits are also packed with fiber which prevents your body from absorbing too much of it.

When I advised people to reduce their consumption of high fructose corn syrup by eating lower carb/higher protein diets free from processed foods, even if they say they are healthy options, they started to lose weight and feel much better as a result.

In many cases I asked people to just stop their consumption of fizzy drinks like Coca Cola and instead swap it with either plain water, or add some freshly squeezed lemon for flavor.

Green tea is also a great alternative, and it is one of my personal favorites because it contains alpha wave stimulating theanine that also double serves as an antidote to the harmful effects of caffeine.

Those who loved to drink tea and coffee sweetened with lots of sugar, I advised to swap with natural sweeteners like stevia instead. This alone had some remarkable results.

I tried to get this information out to the masses via my health project with ASDA WALMART, but it was prevented when they realized if my information became too popular it could significantly damage their profits.

There are 1.6 billion servings of Coke sold each day worldwide!!!        A very significant percentage of that is through supermarket chains like WALMART.

Read more: http://www.coca-cola.co.uk/about-us/coca-cola-by-numbers.html

So you can imagine how unpopular I became in Wal-Mart’s head office in the UK with my information strongly advising people to stop drinking fizzy drinks like Coke!

I recently came across a great article by Wade Meredith that explains very well what happens when you drink just 1 can of Coca Cola and this applies to pretty much most caffeinated soft drinks, not just Coke!

Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/2010/06/23/mental-health-well-being/what-happens-to-your-body-if-you-drink-a-coke-right-now/


“Keeping your body healthy is an expression 

of gratitude to the whole cosmos — 

the trees, the clouds, everything.” 

― Thich Nhat Hanh

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Can of Coke

When somebody drinks a can of Coke or any similar sugary caffeine drink, watch what happens…

In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

>60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.

>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.

Coke is not just high in high fructose corn syrup, but it is also packed with refined salts and caffeine. Regular consumption of these ingredients in the high quantities you find in Coke and other processed foods and drinks, can lead to higher blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

If you care about your heart, health and mind then please remember this article next time you reach for that bottle of Coke!

Peace and blessings

Niraj

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Conservative Republican Sarah Palin holding her "Big Gulp"

endorses an Unhealthy Lifestyle 

and unhealthy dietary eating habits!


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First Lady, Michelle Obama promotes Healthy Lifestyle and Eating Habits


Daytime chat show host Ellen Degeneres challenged the US first lady, who was on the program promoting her healthy eating and fitness program, to a push up contest to prove she practiced what she preached.


Regardless of your party affiliation you can't help but love that our first lady can double dutch!


First Lady Michelle Obama makes a surprise visit to Alice Deal Middle School to join students in a Lets Move! Flash Workout. Over 600 schools across the country participated in similar workouts at the same time.

Precious


Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire has got another new trailer making its round. Debuted by Apple, this fresh sneak peek compiles footage of what is happening in the life of 16-year-old Claireece "Precious" Jones. Intercepting the footage are Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, who are explaining why people have to watch the film. Producer Lee Daniels follows up his 2005 directorial debut, Shadowboxer, with this adaptation of author Sapphire's best-selling novel about an overweight, illiterate African-American teen from Harlem who discovers an alternate path in life after she begins attending a new school. Clareece "Precious" Jones is only a teenager, yet she's about to give birth to her second child. Unable to read or write, Clareece shows little prospect for the future until discovering that she has been accepted into an alternative school. There, with a little help from a sympathetic teacher (Paula Patton) and a kindly nurse (Lenny Kravitiz), the young girl receives something that most teens never get -- a chance to start over. Mo'nique co-stars in an inspirational drama featuring the debut performance of screen newcomer Gabourey "Gabbie" Sidibe.




Now that you know these things,
you will be blessed if you do them.
John 13:17




What Good Am I?

Lyrics by Bob Dylan

What good am I if I'm like all the rest
If I just turn away when I see how youre dressed
If I shut myself off so I cant hear you cry
What good am I?

What good am I if I know and don't do
If I see and don't say, if I look right through you
If I turn a deaf ear to the thunder in the sky
What good am I?

What good am I while you softly weep
And I hear in my head what you say in your sleep
And I freeze in the moment like the rest who don't try
What good am I?

What good am I then to others and me
If I've had every chance and yet still fail to see
If my hands are tied, must I not wonder within
Who tied them and why, and where must I have been?

What good am I if I say foolish things
And I laugh in the face of what sorrow brings
And I just turn my back when you silently die
What good am I? 

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