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(Take Part)   Countries are getting super-sized by American values   (takepart.com) divider line 50
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2014-02-05 09:32:34 AM  
'Murrican values, you mean.
 
2014-02-05 09:49:59 AM  
Wait, people like big quantities of food on the cheap? Clearly the UN better step in here.
 
2014-02-05 10:06:02 AM  
Not seeing Ethiopia on the list.
 
2014-02-05 10:21:05 AM  

vudukungfu: Not seeing Ethiopia on the list.


Considering their GDP is growing at 8.5% (and this is without pretty much any natural resources), it's only a matter of time.
 
2014-02-05 10:23:41 AM  
We're exporting Freedom, Justice, and the American Waist.
 
2014-02-05 10:25:04 AM  
siliconangle.com
 
2014-02-05 10:32:49 AM  
But people in other countries are supposed to look thin and gaunt.  That is how we know we are rich right?
 
2014-02-05 10:35:20 AM  
It's not just food -- a lot of developing countries also start smoking and drinking a lot more, since they can afford it now.
 
2014-02-05 10:36:26 AM  
Nice to know that lack of self-control is a global issue and not just a USA thing.

/we're just better at it
 
2014-02-05 10:41:36 AM  
turns out hungry people like cheap calories
 
2014-02-05 10:47:39 AM  
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I was in Sweden in '06, and I had a conversation with a local about the new American fast food restaurants popping up. She said, "The fat is coming."
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2014-02-05 10:48:16 AM  

AntiGravitas: But people in other countries are supposed to look thin and gaunt.  That is how we know we are rich right?


If poor people in poor countries don't look pitiful and gaunt, how are they going to keep their hands in American pockets?
 
2014-02-05 10:49:22 AM  

sprawl15: turns out hungry people like cheap calories


turns out cheap calories are provided in bulk orders
 
2014-02-05 10:59:58 AM  

Flargan: sprawl15: turns out hungry people like cheap calories

turns out cheap calories are provided in bulk orders


yes that is why they are cheap
 
2014-02-05 11:07:05 AM  
Is the Free Market Making Us Obese?

No, the free market is efficiently furnishing you what you are willing to purchase, at a price you're willing to pay. If you elect to use that system to purchase an excessive amount of food and ram it down your gullet, that's your choice.
 
2014-02-05 11:08:15 AM  
U-S-A! U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S.....damn, I'm exhausted.  Anyone got a twinkie?
 
2014-02-05 11:10:09 AM  

sprawl15: yes that is why they are cheap


economies of scale indeed
 
2014-02-05 11:11:01 AM  
Human nature, not American values.
 
2014-02-05 11:11:40 AM  

jjorsett: Is the Free Market Making Us Obese?

No, the free market is efficiently furnishing you what you are willing to purchase, at a price you're willing to pay. If you elect to use that system to purchase an excessive amount of food and ram it down your gullet, that's your choice.


You're kind of conveniently ignoring the massive government subsidies that are not applied equally to all food products.  It's not really a "free" market when corn production (as one example) is so heavily subsidized.
 
2014-02-05 11:18:52 AM  
Undeveloped countries are just future customers. The American corporation will always find a way. It is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are buying it's shiat.
 
2014-02-05 11:21:41 AM  
So, when a country gets richer and food gets cheaper, more people go from half-starving to being fat?  Captain Obvious to the rescue.
 
2014-02-05 11:24:56 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: jjorsett: Is the Free Market Making Us Obese?

No, the free market is efficiently furnishing you what you are willing to purchase, at a price you're willing to pay. If you elect to use that system to purchase an excessive amount of food and ram it down your gullet, that's your choice.

You're kind of conveniently ignoring the massive government subsidies that are not applied equally to all food products.  It's not really a "free" market when corn production (as one example) is so heavily subsidized.


and only part of corn syrup is hydrogenated

why is it not good enough for all of my corn syrup
 
2014-02-05 11:36:17 AM  
That's the actual problem with eating and obesity in the US (and other countries).  The stuff that's cheap to buy is loaded with crap (and it's heavily subsidized by the government).  Healthy food is rather expensive compared to the crap (as it's NOT subsidized, for the most part).

We need to get away from quick, cheap crap and start subsidizing the things that allow people to eat healthy.  I actually like that many farmers markets and food co-ops have started to match dollar for dollar the SNAP program, so that people can afford to buy decent food & vegetables instead of relying on crap food.
 
2014-02-05 11:46:03 AM  
This isn't good. For decades, China has been able to threaten America by having all of it's people jump up at once to cause earthquakes. America was able to counter because even though we had less people, we made up the difference with our fatness. But now China is closing the waist gap. And soon other countries like Iran will have fat capabilities. We must keep sanction on Iran and prevent them from ever getting McD's.
 
2014-02-05 11:51:55 AM  

jjorsett: Is the Free Market Making Us Obese?

No, the free market is efficiently furnishing you what you are willing to purchase, at a price you're willing to pay. If you elect to use that system to purchase an excessive amount of food and ram it down your gullet, that's your choice.


You either didn't read or didn't comprehend the article.  One of the concerns is that fast food franchises are putting independent, local restaurants out of business which, in turn, puts local farmers and suppliers out of business since the franchises often ship their food in from centralized warehouses.  When the "free market" turns into an oligopoly that is supported by gov't subsidies and specialized tax breaks, and it delivers poor quality food that disrupts local economies its time to question it.
 
2014-02-05 11:53:21 AM  
Oh thank og, i thought i deleted this and I couldn't find it on GIS again.

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2014-02-05 11:54:56 AM  

jjorsett: Is the Free Market Making Us Obese?

No, the free market is efficiently furnishing you what you are willing to purchase, at a price you're willing to pay. If you elect to use that system to purchase an excessive amount of food and ram it down your gullet, that's your choice.


Came here to say pretty much the same thing.
 
2014-02-05 12:44:25 PM  
Ronald Reagan once said something to the effect there was nothing wrong with working with your hands.

This certainly applies to preparing cheap, nutritious meals. Most people have freezers.

I'm not knocking anyone who doesn't have the time or energy to prepare their own meals. But you pay a high price financially and a high price physically for not preparing your meals. Your freezer is running all the time.
 
2014-02-05 01:00:09 PM  
So, you get that chicken box and the fries for what amounts to 60USD cents. [aprox]

Holy shiat.

I'd be even fatter!
 
2014-02-05 01:01:49 PM  
International business and knowledge of cultural differences laughs at the premise.
 
2014-02-05 01:14:16 PM  

kbronsito: This isn't good. For decades, China has been able to threaten America by having all of it's people jump up at once to cause earthquakes. America was able to counter because even though we had less people, we made up the difference with our fatness. But now China is closing the waist gap. And soon other countries like Iran will have fat capabilities. We must keep sanction on Iran and prevent them from ever getting McD's.


Weapons of Ass Destruction
 
2014-02-05 01:29:54 PM  
America #1!


#1 in the willingness to do anything to anybody for a dollar and a cent.
 
2014-02-05 01:31:08 PM  
Countries are growing so much bigger that the Atlantic is closing up.

/sees what the headline says
 
2014-02-05 01:49:55 PM  

TheLopper: Undeveloped countries are just future customers. The American corporation will always find a way. It is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are buying it's shiat.


FIFM

I don't think corporations hold allegiances anymore (if they ever did).
 
2014-02-05 02:05:33 PM  

TheLopper: Undeveloped countries are just future customers. The American corporation will always find a way. It is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are buying it's shiat.


Pretty accurate description of the 24/7 blitz targeting children.
 
2014-02-05 02:06:21 PM  

vudukungfu: Not seeing Ethiopia on the list.



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We just drove 700 miles with your food and it occurred to us there wouldn't  be world hunger if you people would live WHERE THE FOOD IS
 
2014-02-05 02:28:20 PM  

Zombie Butler: I don't think corporations hold allegiances anymore (if they ever did).


why hold allegiances when you can simply buy and assimilate everything?
 
2014-02-05 03:02:54 PM  
Oh yes, Mexico has gotten big :(.

/And my state has the most fat population in the country
 
2014-02-05 04:27:17 PM  
Stop fat-shaming.

Must...has....more....nuggets!

I'm amused by McDonald's new campaign that cycles between an athlete biting a gold medal, and someone biting a chicken nugget.

Go for the gold, Fattie!
 
2014-02-05 04:30:24 PM  

Flargan: sprawl15: yes that is why they are cheap

economies of scale indeed


teamshocker.com

me likey
 
2014-02-05 05:16:30 PM  

Arkanaut: It's not just food -- a lot of developing countries also start smoking and drinking a lot more, since they can afford it now.


They're also smoking more because the American tobacco companies have gotten aggressive in "emerging" markets where no one will stop them from advertising to children.  The American companies, in the last five years, have bought out all the big manufacturers in Asia and India.
 
2014-02-05 06:23:53 PM  
When all countries have equal access to food, America won't even be in the top half of fattest nations.  The reason most of the world isn't obese is lack of opportunity, not good decision-making.
 
2014-02-05 06:34:56 PM  
You could do a lot to fight obesity in this country just by ending corn subsidies. Congress's agribusiness masters would never allow that though, they want their free tax money.
 
2014-02-05 07:47:41 PM  

Need_MindBleach: You could do a lot to fight obesity in this country just by ending corn subsidies. Congress's agribusiness masters would never allow that though, they want their free tax money.


Ending corn subsidies.  Ending corn subsidies?  If you want to fight obesity, you've got to do better than that.


1st step - food stamps count for vegetables only
2nd step - "minimum" price set per pound of all meat items ($10/lb should do it)
3rd step - ban bacon, sausage, and soft drinks
4th step - criminalize obesity (capital offense)
5th step - completely de-regulate the manufacture, sale, and purchase of ephedra.  Make it like those "size pills" you can buy at the gas station counter.


Sure, it'd be a bumpy few years, but the obesity problem would be solved quite nicely.
 
2014-02-05 07:54:56 PM  

another cultural observer: Need_MindBleach: You could do a lot to fight obesity in this country just by ending corn subsidies. Congress's agribusiness masters would never allow that though, they want their free tax money.

Ending corn subsidies.  Ending corn subsidies?  If you want to fight obesity, you've got to do better than that.


1st step - food stamps count for vegetables only
2nd step - "minimum" price set per pound of all meat items ($10/lb should do it)
3rd step - ban bacon, sausage, and soft drinks
4th step - criminalize obesity (capital offense)
5th step - completely de-regulate the manufacture, sale, and purchase of ephedra.  Make it like those "size pills" you can buy at the gas station counter.


Sure, it'd be a bumpy few years, but the obesity problem would be solved quite nicely.


Ok to everything except the bacon. On that point, how 'bout you go fark yourself, commie!

/I got trolled huh?
 
2014-02-05 08:05:45 PM  

ColonelCathcart: another cultural observer: Need_MindBleach: You could do a lot to fight obesity in this country just by ending corn subsidies. Congress's agribusiness masters would never allow that though, they want their free tax money.

Ending corn subsidies.  Ending corn subsidies?  If you want to fight obesity, you've got to do better than that.


1st step - food stamps count for vegetables only
2nd step - "minimum" price set per pound of all meat items ($10/lb should do it)
3rd step - ban bacon, sausage, and soft drinks
4th step - criminalize obesity (capital offense)
5th step - completely de-regulate the manufacture, sale, and purchase of ephedra.  Make it like those "size pills" you can buy at the gas station counter.


Sure, it'd be a bumpy few years, but the obesity problem would be solved quite nicely.

Ok to everything except the bacon. On that point, how 'bout you go fark yourself, commie!

/I got trolled huh?


If I were trolling, I'd say "get people to start exercising regularly"....talk about unrealistic!
 
2014-02-05 09:36:37 PM  
You know how I know almost none of you read the article?

This article is linking deregulation in *FIRST WORLD COUNTRIES* with increase in BMI, which has nothing to do with poor people getting access to more food efficiently. It has everything to do with multinational companies taking advantage of their enhanced logistics to funnel empty calories into countries that used to be more tightly regulated to encourage domestic supply chains.
 
2014-02-05 09:54:13 PM  

another cultural observer: ColonelCathcart: another cultural observer: Need_MindBleach: You could do a lot to fight obesity in this country just by ending corn subsidies. Congress's agribusiness masters would never allow that though, they want their free tax money.

Ending corn subsidies.  Ending corn subsidies?  If you want to fight obesity, you've got to do better than that.


1st step - food stamps count for vegetables only
2nd step - "minimum" price set per pound of all meat items ($10/lb should do it)
3rd step - ban bacon, sausage, and soft drinks
4th step - criminalize obesity (capital offense)
5th step - completely de-regulate the manufacture, sale, and purchase of ephedra.  Make it like those "size pills" you can buy at the gas station counter.


Sure, it'd be a bumpy few years, but the obesity problem would be solved quite nicely.

Ok to everything except the bacon. On that point, how 'bout you go fark yourself, commie!

/I got trolled huh?

If I were trolling, I'd say "get people to start exercising regularly"....talk about unrealistic!


Well done, sir! Well done!
 
2014-02-06 12:00:37 PM  
This is a BBQ grill meant to go in your pool.

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This is a sausage wrapped in a pancake with chocolate chips in it...... on a stick.

img.fark.net

World, there is so much we have to teach you!
 
2014-02-06 12:11:35 PM  
another cultural observer:
5th step - completely de-regulate the manufacture, sale, and purchase of ephedra.  Make it like those "size pills" you can buy at the gas station counter.

Ephedra is regulated..... but, still easy to get.

These days they call it "BronkAid".
 
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