Doctors Demand Total Control of Global Food Distribution to Solve Obesity, Hunger and Climate Change

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to The Lancet, a radical restructuring of global commerce and food distribution is necessary to solve world hunger, prevent obesity and stop agriculture related carbon emissions.

The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change: The Lancet Commission report

Published: January 27, 2019

Obesity is still increasing in prevalence in almost all countries and is an important risk factor for poor health and mortality. The current approach to obesity prevention is failing despite many piecemeal efforts, recommendations, and calls to action. This Commission following on from two Lancet Series on obesity looks at obesity in a much wider context of common underlying societal and political drivers for malnutrition in all its forms­ and climate change. The Commission urges a radical rethink of business models, food systems, civil society involvement, and national and international governance to address The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change. A holistic effort to reorient human systems to achieve better human and planetary health is our most important and urgent challenge.

Read more: https://www.thelancet.com/commissions/global-syndemic

From the full report;

The Commission developed a conceptual model forThe Global Syndemic that represents an inside­ out version of the socioecological model.

The natural systems upon which everything on the planet depends are at the centre, and the layers of human systems overlay that with the most fundamental systems (eg, governance) on the inside and moving outwards from macro to micro systems. The Foresight Obesity Systems Map,12 which was the first conceptual model to show obesity as a consequence of complex adaptive systems, has a structure centred on the individual, similar to the socioecological model. This structure is helpful in explaining differences between individuals but less helpful in explaining epidemics sweeping across entire populations.

This report describes additional sources of actions to strengthen governance and accountability systems, address vested industry interests, leverage international human rights treaties, and activate community actions and social change. Vested interests constitute a major source of policy inertia that prevents change to the existing systems. For example, national food producers and transnational ultra­ processed food and beverage manufacturers often exert a disproportionate influence on legislators and the policy making process. Govern­ments face the challenge of regaining control to protect policy making and prioritise the public good over commercial interests, and restructuring business models to minimise negative externalities that contribute to poor human health and damage environments. We assert that there is a right to wellbeing based on state obligations to ensure that all people, especially vulnerable populations, have access to healthy foods and healthy environments. Many initiatives to address The Global Syndemic can begin at the community level, where the systems under local control can be collectively reoriented to achieve better health and environmental outcomes. Nonetheless, community initiatives will need to be reinforced by a regulatory and policy framework, as well as economic incentives and disincentives, to provide healthy and affordable food and beverage choices and promote social and economic environments that encourage physical activity and healthy behaviours.

The Commission believes that the recognition of The Global Syndemic will foster a convergence of many interests, encourage the emergence of an effective social movement, and realign policy measures and governance to reduce obesity, undernutrition, and climate change. Comprehensive and systemic actions are urgently needed.

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What could possibly go wrong with the government seizing control of food production and distribution for the public good?

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154 thoughts on “Doctors Demand Total Control of Global Food Distribution to Solve Obesity, Hunger and Climate Change

  1. Comrades lets have a five year plan!
    Didn’t we do this before? In the Soviet Union? In China!
    Don’t worry, no one will starve this time, because we control all the newsmedia. Reports of poor harvests and people starving will never occur.

    Oh and we’ll use our electric tractors to harvest. Or perhaps manual labour – to solve unemployment and give all those university professors who teach liberal arts something to do.

    • Despite communism’s abject failures it always, “This time we’ll get it right, trust us.” from the true believers like AOC.

      • These are the self same people who told us all way back that the way to health was to stuff our faces with pasta and bread. Then they blame us for getting fat.

        • At the same time, one of yesterday’s main BBC stories was that as a result of a no deal Brexit, there might be a shortage of lettuce, just about the most pointless food there is!

          • The BBC story highlighted 2 things.
            1) The top execs at our supermarket chains are ignorant
            2) So are the BBC for not pointing out their ignorance

            The claimed reason for the shortage of imported out of UK season produce was that the French will carry out inspections as they leave Calais. Why on earth would they be interested in the quality of food being EXPORTED from the EU to the UK? Complete drivel. What is a likely – but by no means 100% certain – is that inspections on goods being IMPORTED into the EU from the UK will cause delays and leave ferries unable to unload. Stuck Calais full of trucks that can’t get off means the ferries can’t load up with trucks carrying food coming to the UK.

          • When I lived in Huntingdon, (a town west of Cambridge almost to the Midlands at the junction of the A14 and the A1M) I grew all the lettuce my family could eat in two bags of soil I purchased at the local home store. I just cut one side most of the way off and stuck the seeds in two straight lines about 6 inches apart, thinned the plants to about 3 inches and the just took enough leaves off to make the nightly salad with dinner. There was very little else needed. Covered it with clear plastic in the winter and it kept growing.

            I wouldn’t worry about lettuce in WTO Britain that is for certain

          • Gerry
            UK customs are based in Calais, not Dover. So any delay inspecting imports will choke up the harbour in Calais.

            Dale

        • And they’re still telling us to stuff our faces with pasta and bread.

          Except now it’s “healthy, whole-grain” pasta and bread.

    • Well, it works…those Ukrainians involved in the 1932-33 food experiment that Russian perpetrated all got skinny – my grandfather’s cousins lost a lot of weight, then they died but they lost the weight

      • Probably not a one weighs more than 60 lbs or 29 kilos excluding casket. Great weight loss program…burial

      • rick: I’m not as closely tied to what happened in Ukraine as you are, but I have learned about Stalin’s “health care plan” (a NOT funny sarcastic remark) and its result and cover-up. I have lived in the Netherlands and what was done to the country in WW II and Hitler’s starvation tactic was brought home to me more than just reading about it. I recently learned that the Dutch people are finding health consequences from that starvation so many decades ago. I think that I am not comfortable with people who “KNOW” what is “best” for the rest of us.

        • As a teenager I was friendly with a Dutch woman who was a street kid in Amsterdam during the enforced WW2 starvation. I asked her how she survived: “We stole food from the Germans”. And what did they do if they caught you? “They shot us” was the bland reply.

          Her other accounts of the period aren’t fit for public exposure…

        • I remember reading that alos
          however with time and thought
          that was for a few years only and the people started well nourished for the most part, and then had the chance to re establish their nutrition levels(ok the ones that survived)
          so take that claim of a brief time in late teen/midlife deprivation supposedly affecting future generations..
          consider then the people in africa asia and elsewhere all over the plnet who for the majority are low nutrient low essential aminoacids vitamins etc
          and their damage physiologically mentally and whatever else they can stick a label on.
          thats been bad to worse for many many generations
          does expalin why so many of those places never seem to get their act together or progress much.

      • Rick,

        My grandfather wrote a book about it, with photographs (one of only two sets documenting the atrocity). Hr spent 16 years in Lubyanka for his troubles, but never caved to Stalin.

    • What stuns me is any journal in the democratic world would actually publish that as not an April fools joke.

      • Why? These are the same people that advocate for the State termination of the elderly, the infirm, and the mentally “unfit.” The same people that are complicit in the genocide of more that 16 million Black children through abortion, and more than a million every year by preventing effective malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa. The same people that sign on to policies, and vote for politicians, that only thinly veil their intention to complete the Final Solution for the Jews.

        Not surprising in the least.

        • Writing Observer

          And the same people who happily watch as 12,000,000 people in developing nations who will die by 2050 from smoke inhalation because they are forced to burn wood and cow shit for cooking and heating. (WHO estimates) instead of having access to electricity.

          The same people who crumble to Greenpeace and watch 1,000,000 people a year go blind then die from vitamin A deficiency because they won’t let developing nations benefit from golden rice.

          Stalin and Mao were amateurs.

        • In the U.K. we already practise terminating the elderly – it was called the Liverpool Pathway and denied elderly patients unable to fend for themselves water or food. This barbaric treatment – imagine being desperate for water or something to eat and being deliberately denied it – was supposedly a “kind” way to “ease” the death of people judged to be beyond further help.
          Finally this NAZI like programme was stopped, but variations are still advocated. We do have the occasional doctor who gives unexplained large doses of opiates to patients judged to be socially useless or deplorables perhaps. Currently one such case involves the questionable medication of 450 early deaths, but while the crown prosecution service jumps on and prosecutes people making lightly dubious non-pc remarks at work, it is studiously avoiding prosecution in this particular case. After all, it is only old people being allegedly “bumped off”. Just to be clear, giving patients large doses of opiates etc to ease terminal and terrible suffering is something that can be a real kindness, but only when it is done on a case by case basis with informed consent. My criticism is when this turns into a disposal policy.

        • also to consider in this
          theyre rabid about culling animal herds for the enviro/water aspect
          they advocate nuts as the protien replacers
          seems they have no idea of the time frame to grow nut trees?
          or the water for them?
          and peanuts need a fair whack of water also
          most gazing land would be utterly useless for anything BUT grass land graziing

      • Combine The Little Red Hen with the fable of The Ant and the Grasshopper as an introduction to food security.

        It takes many years of education and multiple graduate degrees to become so stupid as to believe in Marxism. These fools are dumber than a bright 2nd-grader that grasps the concepts of both stories.

    • Man walks into a shop in Moscow.

      “Ah. I see you have no bread?” He says to the shopkeeper.

      “No, Comrade, we have no fish. The shop with no bread is next door.” comes the reply.

    • It’s true that the USSR under Stalin and China under Mao completely prevented an obesity epidemic, except of course among party leadership who very selflessly put themselves in the way of harm to protect their citizens.Venezuela is well on its way to doing the same.

    • I’d say these so-called “medical journals” are straying pretty far out of their lane these days. Sounds to me like Central Planning would like to put us all on their approved “human chow” pellets, rationed, and tracked by our implanted micro-chips and ear tags. The question is whether we’re stupid enough to let them do it!

  2. No problem solving obesity. Just put Kim and Maduro in charge of your economy. They get fat while you starve.

  3. Lancet manifesto
    “Highest standards for medical science
    The Lancet sets extremely high standards.
    We select only the best research papers for their quality of work and the progression they bring”.
    Lancet now infested with socialist AGW thieves . . .

    • Warren

      I believe it was the Lancet that found 50% – 70% of all scientific studies could not be replicated.

      Take your pick.

    • Tom Halla: One of the things I learned in high school general chemistry was that organic chemicals, including nylon and methane all contain hydrogen and carbon and that about half of the naturally occurring organics are poisonous. When Botox treatments first came out, people were interviewed on what they thought of it. One comment was, as nearly as I can quote, I won’t have anything in my body that’s not natural. I almost drove off the road laughing. After all, botulism toxin is irrefutable natural and organic.

      • I was a very proud dad a few years ago when my son was in high school and one if his teachers was waxing poetic about an organic lifestyle and only putting organic products into her body – he pipes up from the back of the class with “arsenic and hemlock are both natural and organic but only a fool eats them.” I didn’t mind being called to the office for that one at all.

    • They can be vegan, green, organic and self-righteous all they like. But since I read Biology 101, when “they” come for my bacon and beef they’re getting served all-natural, “organic” lead at high velocity.

  4. When communism finally broke and collapsed, its acolytes spread out in all directions, like rats fleeing a sinking ship, seeking new access to their addictive passions for the levers of power and control over other people’s lives and money.

  5. Look, they’re perfectly reasonable. In exchange for handing over absolute power to them, our overlords will allow us to live. Maybe.

  6. Yes lets trust doctors.

    One very highly respected doctor caused me 2 heart attacks, because he didn’t understand that cholesterol drugs are used for more than controlling cholesterol in the blood. My cholesterol is low, so he took me off them, despite the cardiologist who treated my first heart attack prescribing them permanently.

    It was only after the third attack a cardiologist explained to me why I was on them. Pity my respected GP did not know his stuff.

    If anything we already put too much trust in MDs.

    • Yeah doctors can really be trusted. A woman had her triplets vaccinated at the same time. Within hours all three developed autism. The family told the doctor that they wanted to hold off on further vaccinations until they figured out what was going on. His practice fired them. Jerks.

      • I was vaccinated. My brother was vaccinated. My sister was vaccinated. My wife was vaccinated. My brother in law was vaccinated. His wife was vaccinated. Their boys were vaccinated. Their 3 grandchildren were vaccinated. My sister’s two kids were vaccinated. Her grandchild was vaccinated. My extended family some 250 at the last Garrett family reunion were all vaccinated (every one had the large round small pox vaccine scar on their upper arms. sister’s ex husband has a brother who’s wife received no vaccinations and walked with crutches and braces thanks to polio. One case of autism in my family out of more than 300 and the only bad case of illness was due to no vaccinations. It is my daughter with autism but I would still vaccinate her all over again. Vaccines and Autism… not buying it
        I will always be a proponent for vaccinations. When Small Pox/Polio/Measles/Mumps etc. comes around again, and one of them will, only those ant-vaxxer kids will get sick

        • When one of them comes around again . . . No need to wait.

          Measles outbreak in Clark County, Washington State.
          35 cases and counting. As of today, Jan. 28th.

          • and will they admit how many vaccinated kids got it?
            whooping cough vax is damned near useless and the wild variant mutated
            ditto measles
            for the very few(and it IS very few) having severe issues from measles the ones having adverse events is higher
            in 1st world with clean water and food rotovirus is low
            but kids cop that vaccine anyway
            and that ones admitted to have adverse events
            especially in NON white races btw
            who are the ones that may benefit, if it was safe

          • @ozspeaksup.
            I live in the area and EVERY ONE who has gotten the measles was un-vaccinated. No vaccinated person yet has gotten it. Get off your government conspiracy kick.

      • I feel really sorry for the McDowell’s if there was some kind of problem with the vaccine, but whatever the vaccine did, exposure to the real disease would do far worse damage. There is no such thing as zero risk.

        • It is interesting that so many anti-vaxers are also warmunists. My daughter’s bff is a pediatrician. She did her internship in Portland OR. The anti-vaxers made her so crazy, she had to move to Chicago.

        • Pneumonia is worse than autism? Only if a person dies. I personally would rather be dead than autistic.

          • Your choice. Your problem.

            It is not everyone’s concern, nor should it be everyone’s problem.

            Citing one event out of millions is pointless. Especially when no-one has proven that vaccination caused that case of autism.
            For all we know, the children were evaluated that day for autism that they had since birth.
            Nor are activists known for honesty when presenting their ‘despair over these’ photos and anecdotes.

            When I was young, my parents greatly feared I was mentally impaired. I wouldn’t speak nor respond to people talking.
            After a couple of years worrying, my Mother finally asked the doctor when she had me there for a different medical reason.
            It took the doctor a few minutes to determine that I was deaf, not impaired.

            People base much on their interpretations from voice interactions with their children. A very difficult situation for children during their primary period to learn speech and social interaction.

            I remember waiting in line with hundreds of children for the initial sugar cube infused with Salk serum for a polio vaccination.
            Prior to that, just mentioning polio caused tension in everyone within present. Whispers quickly carried the dreaded word to everyone out of immediate hearing.

            A few months after the sugar cube, I waited in line at the same location with similar crowds to receive the upper arm scratch polio vaccine.

            Antri-vaccine is your personal choice.
            It is fine with me if you prefer to take on the disease that scourged mankind for eternity.
            Typhus, smallpox, mumps, measles, diphtheria, tuberculosis, herpes, rabies, rotavirus, polio, tetanus, pertussis, yellow fever, cholera, etc. etc., are all yours and for your progeny, if you desire.
            Quite a few of these were known for drastically shortening average lifespans. Death was easily achieved.
            Those that survived a number of these diseases carried physical damage for the rest of their lives.

            During the 1800s and 1900s, pneumonia was a well known disease to the medical community. Doctors became very skilled at predicting when the patient was likely to die as patient lungs fill with fluid.
            Antibiotics and vaccines have nearly eliminated pneumonia from Western Civilization dreaded disease list.

            That is not the same as eliminating the disease itself!

            I do disagree, that it is your right to provide pools where diseases can fester, persist and mutate into deadly diseases unhindered by vaccinations or antibiotics.

            https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/infographics/images/journey-of-child-vaccine-h.png

        • hmm so from 3 kids the chances of either mumps measles or rubella(rare even when i was a kid 50+yrs ago )as opposed to all 3 copping the same tainted “hotbatch” harming them all?
          Ive had measles mumps chickenpox whooping cough, so did almost all my age cohort
          word does get around when your classmates are seriously ill
          never a word of such
          ALL polio is in places where the waters fouled with crap due to no sanitary amenities.
          and the Aus outbreaks were before people had running water inside OR flushing loos
          ie the old longdrops and at best a tank/bucket to wash hands maybe.

          the utter panic over a minor annoying 7day or so bug, like measles especially is farcical

          • That ” minor annoying 7day(sic) or so bug, like measles ” can kill the old and immune deficient….

      • Obviously a totally false story. You don’t develop autism within hours – how were they tested “within hours”? – and autism is very difficult to diagnose at vaccination age anyway.

        Utter garbage scaring people into putting their children at risk of actual brain damage.

        • “Within hours all three developed autism.” ?
          Yes, that is hilarious. Sad part is, intelligent people will still believe it..
          Also, did they work for the doctor ?
          “His practice fired them. Jerks.”
          LOL

        • so consider the docs that swear they can diagnose adhd and similar and prescribe ritalin adderall and antidepressants for TWO yr olds
          theyremainstream and accepted and growing.

          I had a pup vaccinated for tetanus (cut foot)
          within a week he lost sight in one eye, and developed a welt on his side that never regrew hair
          within 2 weeks he developed neurological symptoms and became unable to jump up the step he could prior, unable to walk or run for more than brief attempts and only in a straight line
          perfectly fit healthy pup at 12 weeks in need of special care for the rest of his life, and the only thing different was that vaccine
          you could try the genetic excuse
          from 12 siblings all the rest were fine

        • actually if the vaccine was as stated found to be faulty and recalled, then it IS possible for neurological damage to occur
          meningococcal will do tha in hours if you survive it.
          a babys blood brain barrier isnt even formed
          until around 4 yrs old is very permeable
          anything getting into the blood system which a vaccine is a direct route to….
          unlike the normal inhaled or swallowed route for most pathogens which nature has a system to cope with, or at least limit

          very often there are product recalls of ijectable drugs made in supposed GMP inspected and sterile approved pharma owned manufactories
          one curent ne os for a product that has fine rubber particulates in it
          common is glass fragments or like the heparin that killed many bad ingredients and QC was poor or non functional
          the heparin ended up in many countries as one supplier onsold to many makers who process and relabelled it.

        • Autism is just overdiagnosed now. People with minor personality quirks are being called autistic. Half the kids I see whose parents call them autistic seem normal to me, just slightly poorly behaved. It’s $$$ for the psychiatrists. It will all come out in 20 years or so that it was a crock.

          In the 80s I remember reading a book about a special ed teacher who took care of a little boy with autism which was a disease almost no one had ever heard of. He was profoundly disabled. You never saw anyone like that around and there was no anti vaxx movement, everyone got their shots all the time. Then they expanded the definition of autism, suddenly everyone was autistic. Nothing changed except these doctors made more money and made the parents and these children feel bad!

      • It is IMPOSSIBLE to develop autism symptoms that quickly from any source. It takes months or longer to even diagnose symptoms. This doesn’t even pass the smell test. If she indeed had a specialist that was qualified to diagnose autism she had to have set up the appointment at least weeks ahead of time with a suspicion of autism.

        So the lady is telling everyone else not to vaccinate their children against polio, smallpox, measles, etc which KILL. It shows her morals that she would wish her children die a horrible death than to possibly develop a handicap.

  7. Experts of all stripes need a smack upside the head. Their prognostications are no better than those produced by a dart-throwing chimp. link If someone can’t predict what will happen, it is trivially obvious that such a person should not be prescribing anything. If a doctor were only correct 33% of the time, would you take the drugs she prescribed?

    Anyone who wishes to prescribe anything, like the nation’s diet for instance, should have to pass a prediction test. Ideally, it should involve a hundred year testing period. 🙂 If, at the end of a hundred years, a large number of predictions were correct (just to remove the possibility of lucky guesses) we might consider the prescription.

    Failed serial predictors should be exiled to an island from which they can’t broadcast any further bad predictions. Paul Ehrlich comes to mind. link

  8. Every place in the world today where there is hunger, it’s direct cause is malfeasance on the part of the local government.
    The idea that bad government can be solved by more government is an idea so dumb that only a leftist could come up with it.

    • “If you put the government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in five years there’d be a shortage of sand.”
      Milton Friedman

    • Sabine Kleinert certainly looks she could stand to get on the treadmill and cut back on her caloric intake. Like every good socialist, she doesn’t blame the individual, but rather a system and industry.
      Then those doctors engage in some real shady science claims in order to claim modern agriculture to climate change to under-nutrition in the 3rd World.
      They just spew a continuous chain for false assertions as if it were immutably true. Complete Junk science. Quackery medicine. They certainly need weak minds to accept their crap assertions.

      • not sure about now but pirorly the time spent on nutrition by docs in uni was around a couple of weeks at best. theyll tell you that supplements are useless
        but then beri beri scurvy etc are all from nutritional lacks and they acknowledge that the B vitiamins and folates etc have use in depression and spina bifida babies.

        when your info comes from the pharmas peddling their products only..
        when babies are fed powderedchemicals from day one for many poor mites
        any wonder we have so many ill people with gut bacteria that dont work and allergies etc.

    • And what did we learn from this video?
      Well first, both obesity and starvation are due to climate change, (according to Sabine Kleinert, who apparently lives in an area where the climate change adds a few pounds).

      And the good professors tell us the enemy is ‘climate change’ and the goal is ‘sustainability, (which sounds suspiciously like communism in disguise):
      Professor Dietz: “We recognized that malnutrition included both obesity, and undernutrition, and both were associated with climate change as the result of agricultural production. So we looked at the intersection of undernutrition, obesity, and climate change and called this the global syndemic”. A syndemic are two or more pandemics, which interact in time and place and are driven by societal or economic factors. For example, meat production generates a lot of greenhouse gasses, and greenhouse gasses increase climate change and catastrophic weather events in the developing world which impairs agricultural production and contributes to undernutrition.”

      Professor Swinburn: “We need a $1 Billiiion dollar fund to support community activation to demand policy action.” NO! NO! NO!

      • “Sustainability” is code for veganism. Raising MEAT livestock has been deemed … “unsustainable”. Make no mistake … this is one of the PRIMARY goals of these Lancet creeps … to FORCE everyone into veganism. Same with the Warmist crowd.

        Tonight, I made a 12 ingredient salad topped with tender grilled flank steak done rare, and sliced thin with a teriyaki-sesame dressing. Thank you America! For making EVERY foodstuff available at any one of several local grocery stores. Personally, I prefer the locally-owned Diablo Foods, where I have to pay about 15% more for my groceries … which are so much higher quality than the local national chain stores. I have an ABUNDANCE of food here in N.CA. Thank you Capitalism! Thank you America! Thank you Agribusiness! Thank you Cattlemen! Thank you cage-free, roaming, local-sourced, fair-traded Poultry Caretakers! *16yo Catholic School smirk*.

        If Lancet TOUCHES my food … there will be a RIOT that makes the yellow vests look like a Macron Support Rally.

      • The fund demand is laughable – give government money to lobby government to do what we want.

        These people don’t even understand what they are saying, let alone how to solve complex global problems.

        • All the Politically Correct members of the Virtue Signaling Class will of course tumble over themselves to fall in line with Righteous Veganism. Therefore self-condemning to deficiency diseases that’ll render them infertile, immune-compromised and with shrunken brains, ensuring their early exit from the gene pool.

          I’d call that a Win-Win . . . . /sarc

      • “and greenhouse gasses increase climate change and catastrophic weather events in the developing world which impairs agricultural production and contributes to undernutrition.”

        All of these predictions are based on the unsubstantiated CAGW speculation. There is no evidence that greenhouse gases “increase” climate change or “catastrophic weather events” in the developing world, or anywhere else.

        The scientists who did this study are seeing things that are not there. They are assuming things not in evidence, although, obviously, they think they are in evidence. When you build your foundation on sand, you eventually find out you made a mistake.

    • They lost it in the first segment- Sabine Kleinert says of business considerations “we have created powerful economic systems that encourage over consumption to the detriment of the individual….”. She is saying that individuals don’t have any responsibility for what they eat. Totally absurd. Why am I banging my head against the wall? She encouraged it with her myopic and power hungry approach to problems. The two male presenters were equally as blindered and stuck in their gibberish repetitions of the mantra talking points.

      There is an epidemic of obesity, of sorts, mostly in the developed world but also in many developing countries where the more affluent sectors have access to more food and too many choices.

      There are some people who have medical reasons for obesity- hormone problems, neurological problems, etc. But most people don’t. It’s simply eating a balanced diet of different foods and getting enough excercise.

      In the US one of the main causes of the obesity epidemic seems to be related to government admonition to cut meat consumption, minimize meats, and base the diet on carbohydrates, particularly whole grains. That supposedly heart friendly diet was anything but.

      Regarding the vaccines and the McDowell’s problems. They discovered that the lot of vaccine used on their children was contaminated. Regardless of any consent forms, the consent is for possible, rare, idiosyncractic rections to the vaccine. Informed consent does not cover defective products. Get a new lawyer. Despite the consent forms and time limits, this is a beautiful case for any on the ball social justice warrior attorney.

      • Almost universally, the left considers individuals to be helpless victims of their environment.
        That’s why we need government (which incidentally is made up of individuals) to run our lives for us.

  9. More than a century ago my grandparents left the old country to get away from totalitarian control of their lives. Their descendents are not about to surrender their hard-won freedom and independence to a bunch of unelected bureaucrats, Lancet or no Lancet. Just sayin.

  10. Stop agriculture carbon emissions, and you most likely will solve the obesity problem, and malnutrition will lead to millions of deaths.

    • The Lancet also publishes very good articles.

      Joe d’Aleo and I co-authored the following paper on Excess Winter Mortality in 2015. We were about to publish it when the landmark Lancet study appeared, so we incorporated that excellent paper into ours. Our title, derived from the Lancet study, is
      COLD WEATHER KILLS 20 TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE AS HOT WEATHER
      by Joseph d’Aleo and Allan MacRae, September 4, 2015
      https://friendsofsciencecalgary.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/cold-weather-kills-macrae-daleo-4sept2015-final.pdf

      Globally, there are about 2 million Excess Winter Deaths per year – that is the number of deaths that occur in the four winter months (December through March in the NH) minus the number of deaths that occur in equivalent non-winter seasons. . About 100,000 Excess Winter Deaths occur annually in the USA, equivalent to about two-9-11’s per week for 17 weeks every year. Colder Canada typically experiences about 5000 to 10,000 Excess Winter Deaths per year. More than 50,000 Excess Winter Deaths occurred in England and Wales last winter (2017-2018) – an Excess Winter Death rate more than 2.5 times the per-capita average rate of the USA, and 2.5 to 5 times the per capita rate in Canada.

      Even in warm climates like Thailand and Brazil, there is a significant Excess Winter Death rate, but it is typically lower than in colder countries.

      The data suggests that Earth is significantly colder-than-optimum for human longevity. Other factors, such as energy pricing and the quality of housing insulation and heating systems are also important to reduce winter mortality.

    • Do be fair, some of them must be Cambridge trained, after all the famous five British spies all went there, & betrayed the UK to the Russians! 😉

  11. In which we find out that experts in keeping us heathy, who save and extend the lives of millions, don’t hesitate to presume they also are just as qualified to direct a substantial fraction of the world economy.

    See Russ Roberts’ short video on this exact topic: It’s a Wonderful Loaf
    https://youtu.be/ljULutAUL7o

    • “experts in keeping us heathy”

      [Citation needed.]
      [citation as requested. 250k to 400k dead from medical mistakes. Mod]
      Not only is medical malpractice a huge cause of death, but doctors have spent decades pushing fads like low-fat diets that have killed millions and ruined the health of many more.

      (Oh, and don’t forget that some of the most prolific mass-murderers outside government have been doctors)

      Frankly, the older I get, the more I despise doctors, and I put my relative good health down to the fact that I almost never go to one. I sure as heck wouldn’t put one in charge of my food.

      https://journals.lww.com/journalpatientsafety/Fulltext/2013/09000/A_New,_Evidence_based_Estimate_of_Patient_Harms.2.aspx

      • I put my relative good health down to the fact that

        I put your relative good health down to the fact that you are incredibly lucky.

        • ABC radio in Aus had an admission yesterday of approx 230K people harmed by prescribed meds per YEAR gp prescribed taken as directed
          I agree with Mark
          I was in the hospital system for near a year and they damn near killed me with a series of meds no washout between them and side effects like nearly going blind , reported and ignored by my “caring” traineee specialist, who refused to even READ the package insert warning of exactly that.
          nurses with the wrong injections who got very upset at my Non compliance when i refusd to allow it to be given.
          god help those who are too ill or ignorant/trusting to read check and make a decision

  12. If at first you don’t succeed with a pandemic ramp it up to a Syndemic.
    Throw a tofu patty on the solar barbie while paying more food and plant food taxes for the wise Green overlords to redistribute as they see fit.

  13. Listen to the double speak “The Global Syndemic can begin at the community level, where the systems under local control can be collectively reoriented to achieve better health and environmental outcomes. Nonetheless, community initiatives will need to be reinforced by a regulatory and policy framework, as well as economic incentives and disincentives”, In other words we will have to put a gun to the Heads of the ignorant masses and make them comply.

  14. I can’t believe i didn’t think of that, more government in our life…I mean what could possibly go wrong? Having an unaccountable government controlling everything, even what and how much we eat. How great would that be ! Anyone have Venezuela’s phone number? I’d like a second opinion. Big government never screws things up after all.

  15. Shaq walks up to the counter to order 4 Big Macs. The automated attendant requires him to place his finger into a laser sensor that reads his levels of glucose, cholesterol and so forth.
    “Mr O’Neal, you do not qualify for any real meat products, would you like a soy Big Mac instead?”

    • I’m thinking the robot places the order and they serve him tofu burgers, take his money and then explain why and send him to government weight watchers to monitor his progress.

  16. Doctors have done such a wonderful job of managing their recommendations of what we eat and the results – NOT! They recommended 50 years ago that we cut down on fat and increase grain intake. Result, we have an epidemic of obesity and the resulting plethora of health problems. And NOW we are supposed to trust their assurances that they know best – about ANYTHING?

  17. The world is infested with busy bodies, always convinced of their virtuous intentions. I have always maintained that Lefties must have a cause, whatever cause, in order to “justify” their existence. The consequences of these idealistic notions usually ends with tragedy. Witness then, the untold millions that had their lives ended in the cause of a utopian communist society. Individual rights must remain supreme or we will all come to a grievous end if the collectivist narrative comes to pass.

    • It’s nothing to do with causes but all about the struggle for these pathological types and in global climate they have found their ultimate to struggle against and anyone who gets in their way.

  18. “For example, meat production generates a lot of greenhouse gasses, and greenhouse gasses increase climate change and catastrophic weather events in the developing world which impairs agricultural production and contributes to undernutrition.”

    But no empirical evidence to make the required connection from meat production to atmospheric composition

    https://tambonthongchai.com/2018/12/16/beef-and-climate-change/

  19. I’d rather live where there are lines of bread waiting for me, rather than lines of people waiting for bread.

  20. All you need to know about this is that the FDA’s posture on the food pyramid was driven by one scientist who ruthlessly suppressed any evidence that fat wasn’t the problem. High carb diets with bad habits can and do kill lots of people. Not everyone though, since your bio-chemical individuality (BCI) controls how you react to your nutritional environment. Your BCI is in turn driven by your genes and some of the other molecules in your cell nucleus.

    The idea that any group of people anywhere know a priori what is good for everyone is total nonsense!

  21. J S Mill described government as necessary but also highly dangerous and he defined liberty as the limit ‘patriots’ placed on the power of the State.
    Alexis de Tocqueville coined the term soft despotism (British nanny state) where ‘the state is analogous to a parent and is run by “benevolent schoolmasters” … creating an “orderly, gentle, peaceful slavery” … [where] … the exercise of the free agency of man is no longer useful or used less frequently, with his will circumscribed within a narrower range, finally reducing him to a perpetual childhood …” (Wiki).

  22. I am becoming convinced we need a tax on do-gooders,for the salvation of civil society.
    Or perhaps an attack first,then a tax if they persist,150% of their gross income might do the job.

    Every civic collapse in history occurs after the do-gooders rise to social dominance..

  23. John Ioannidis Aims His Bazooka at Nutrition Science
    John Ioannidis is like the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse. When he comes riding in, scientists tremble in fear.
    This is for good reason. He first burst onto the national scene in 2005 with a groundbreaking paper titled simply “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.” His statistical analysis and logic are impeccable, and his paper has never been seriously refuted. Furthermore, he has had a tremendous impact: The paper has been viewed more than 2.5 million times, which is the scientific equivalent of a viral Katy Perry video.
    Since then, Dr. Ioannidis has gone on to show that the best scientists don’t always get funded, why neuroscience is unreliable, why most clinical research is useless, and that most economics studies are exaggerated. In other words, the process by which we acquire new knowledge is fundamentally flawed and much of what we think we know is wrong. Dr. Ioannidis is not just a bull in a china shop; he’s a bazooka in a china shop.
    And now the bazooka is aimed at nutrition research.
    Nutrition Research Needs ‘Radical Reform’
    Here at ACSH, we have been saying for a long time that nutrition research is shoddy and mostly wrong. The reason is inherent to the way research is conducted in the field: Too much of it relies on food frequency questionnaires (FFQs), which ask people what and how much they ate. Humans are notoriously bad at remembering things like this, which is why research has linked pretty much everything to cancer. We also lie about stuff, like how much alcohol we drink.
    In a new op-ed in JAMA, Dr. Ioannidis bluntly states that nutrition epidemiology is in need of “radical reform.” In a paragraph that perfectly captures the absurdity of the field, he writes:
    https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/08/24/john-ioannidis-aims-his-bazooka-nutrition-science-13357

  24. Johns Hopkins study suggests medical errors are third-leading cause of death in U.S.
    Physicians advocate for changes in how deaths are reported
    By Vanessa McMains / Published March 20, 2017
    Analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year period, Johns Hopkins patient safety experts have calculated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical error in the U.S. Their figure, published May 3 in The BMJ, surpasses the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s third leading cause of death—respiratory disease, which kills close to 150,000 people per year.
    The Johns Hopkins team says the CDC’s way of collecting national health statistics fails to classify medical errors separately on the death certificate. The researchers are advocating for updated criteria for classifying deaths on death certificates.
    “Incidence rates for deaths directly attributable to medical care gone awry haven’t been recognized in any standardized method for collecting national statistics,” says Martin Makary, professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an authority on health reform. “The medical coding system was designed to maximize billing for physician services, not to collect national health statistics, as it is currently being used.”
    https://hub.jhu.edu/2016/05/03/medical-errors-third-leading-cause-of-death/

    Surely Physicians have better things to focus on !! than Climate Change and related junk science.

    • because if they had to admit it in writing theyd be sued and or deregistered?

      ever tried to get any doc to admit the other one you saw was wrong?

  25. “Govern­ments face the challenge of regaining control to protect policy making”

    When did the governments ever lose control? * The maxim is Freeze, bend over and spread em! We know what is good for you and you will obey or we will make more new laws to make you obey. We have already ruled that what you breathe out is a pollutant. Therefore since you pollute we will tax you to death. *

  26. And who is going to run this global, totalitarian state that is being demanded by the nameless, faceless “Commissars” of the Lancet?

    Al Gore?

  27. Doctors make their living by handling health issues.

    Have they suddenly turned stupid to the point of undermining their source of easy income ?

  28. “What could possibly go wrong with the government seizing control of food production and distribution for the public good?”

    Apart from the Communist experiments in Russia, China, Cambodia and Venezuela? Forgive me if I left out your own personal little hell hole. I have a short memory.

  29. Mmmmm, the same dufs who brought us margerine because butter was bad, only to discover the reverse; the same dufs who brought us a low Sodium diet and labeling requirements when it is actually the Chlorine in table salt that causes hypertension; the same dufs who preached the low fat hi carb diet before realizing they created a generation of carbo couch potatoes?

    These dufs want control of the food supply?

    I think not.

  30. The Lancet hasn’t got this message!

    27 Jan: Politico Mag: The New Language of Climate Change
    Scientists and meteorologists on the front lines of the climate wars are testing a new strategy to get through to the skeptics and outright deniers.
    By BRYAN BENDER
    That means avoiding the phrase “climate change,” so loaded with partisan connotations as it is. Stop talking about who or what is most responsible. And focus instead on what is happening and how unusual it is—and what it is costing communities.

    That was a main takeaway at the American Meteorological Society’s annual meeting this month, where top meteorologists and environmental scientists from around the country gathered to hear the latest research on record rainfall and drought, debate new weather prediction models and digest all manner of analysis on climatic mutations…

    The new language taking root is meant to instill this sense of urgency about what is happening in ways to which everyday citizens can relate—without directly blaming it on human activity…
    “Is it humans or is it not? We really need to get beyond that,” Bernadette Woods Placky, an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who directs the Climate Matters program at Climate Central, told me…

    Nowhere is the challenge of convincing the doubters without being labeled a partisan or environmental zealot greater than in the ranks of broadcast meteorologists. Local TV weather experts were among the last holdouts in the scientific community to accept the consensus that humans are responsible for climate change—so much so that in 2014 then-President Barack Obama met with some of them as part of his effort to sell his environmental policy agenda…READ ALL
    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/01/27/climate-change-politics-224295

    • “where top meteorologists and environmental scientists from around the country gathered to hear the latest research on record rainfall and drought,”

      That must have been pretty boring. Nothing to see there. All the statistics say there is less extreme weather today than in the past.

    • ““Is it humans or is it not? We really need to get beyond that,” Bernadette Woods Placky, an Emmy award-winning meteorologist who directs the Climate Matters program at Climate Central, told me”

      Well, no doubt, a True Believer, as you show yourself to be by your statement, would want to get beyond having to prove a connection between CO2 and the Earth’s weather and climate, but first there has to be some evidence of thsi connection and as of today’s date, there is no such evidence.

      If Ms Placky has any such evidence, skeptics would be eager to see it, and she should provide it and *then* we can get “beyond that”.

      It ought to be pretty simple, Ms Placky. Just provide us with the evidence you used to convince yourself that CAGW is real.

  31. If leftists want to use obesity as an excuse to implement socialism, then why are they so triggered when somebody is fat-shamed? They don’t mind shaming people for other behaviors they deem unacceptable, such as rejecting climate alarmisim, supporting stronger border control, or supporting anything Trump does for that matter. Why shouldn’t we then fat-shame?

    It must be hard to be a leftist, their twisted value system is impossible to reconcile.

  32. Most of you have already said everything that needs to be said, and are far more articulate and knowledgeable than I am.

    All I have to say is this: That article is absolutely terrifying. And I’m not engaging in hyperbole.

    • Chris I’m as terrified as you.
      A new low and extremely dangerous . . .
      “The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change”.
      Who is behind this push?
      Sad that a Kiwi is involved.
      I hate to think where this is going!!

  33. It may be worth reminding everyone, there are two magic words that ensure you can claim your version of better is beyond argument.
    “Health and Safety”.
    The medical profession have been busily telling us, we must do this or that, to improve our health for as long as there have been medical practitioners.
    It is a catch all. No one individual can possibly counter the nonsense pushed into the public mind by these over valued opinionated experts.
    The acid test of the efficacy of medical advise, can be gleaned by conducting a random BMI survey of those working in the NHS.
    There, the staff have the full on access to the sound medical advice the Lancet advances.
    When they manage to get the NHS staff to maintain healthy body weight, then they can extend their good advise to those of us outside their bubble.
    I will file this latest stupidity under the (bulging) file of, do as we say, not as we do.
    “The long march through the institutions”, continues.

  34. Statistics published by The Lancet show that man dies 17 times more in cold than in hot weather.

    So, what type of climate change should we worry about ? Global warming or cooling ?

    Ref. : https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)62114-0/fulltext

    Abstract :

    We analysed 74 225 200 deaths in various periods between 1985 and 2012. In total, 7·71% (95% empirical CI 7·43–7·91) of mortality was attributable to non-optimum temperature in the selected countries within the study period, with substantial differences between countries, ranging from 3·37% (3·06 to 3·63) in Thailand to 11·00% (9·29 to 12·47) in China. The temperature percentile of minimum mortality varied from roughly the 60th percentile in tropical areas to about the 80–90th percentile in temperate regions. More temperature-attributable deaths were caused by cold (7·29%, 7·02–7·49) than by heat (0·42%, 0·39–0·44). Extreme cold and hot temperatures were responsible for 0·86% (0·84–0·87) of total mortality.

    How can they be so ideologically biased about “Climate Change” to contradict their own studies ?

    • Good point Petit, but don’t forget global warming also causes more severe snowstorms these days, in fact any extreme bad weather is probably climate…

    • Petit, the article that you quote is from 2015. Since then, in late 2017, a certain Chrisitana Figueres has joined the Lancet staff as a Chair of a policy coordinating body :
      https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(17)31667-7/fulltext
      The mission , her mission:
      -“The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change is meeting these needs.3
      By providing annual data across a range of indicators, the Lancet Countdown will lead and communicate on health and climate change; demonstrate the health co-benefits of mitigation and adaptation; and monitor global progress in meeting the Paris Agreement.
      The Lancet Countdown has the potential not only to improve the response to climate change, but to transform it. The collaboration is therefore delighted to announce that Christiana Figueres will join as Chair of its High-Level Advisory Board. Much as she did with the Paris Agreement, Christiana Figueres will help guide the Lancet Countdown to maximise its impact and deliver on the promise of the Paris Agreement.”-

      in the future I suspect you will not see many objective papers from the Lancet stable if they have any connection with climate change , the Paris agreement or “sustainability”.

  35. Since when did being a political activist become part of the hippocratic oath? Who reviewed this and threw it back to remind the authors of their position? There is a concerted effort to corrupt and politicise all aspects of once impartial ( importantly so) science.

  36. Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health
    https://www.nature.com/articles/srep16784 On the definition and identifiability of the alleged “hiatus” in global warming https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.2006004 Climate communication for biologists: When a picture can tell a thousand words https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/mar/22/collapse-civilisation-near-certain-decades-population-bomb-paul-ehrlich https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/mar/22/collapse-civilisation-near-certain-decades-population-bomb-paul-ehrlich.

    Christiana Figueres, Rockefeller Foundation, Lancet, Lewandowsky Oreskes and Whitmarsh psychologists rewriting history to eliminate the pause “we just imagined it” Rockefeller “cities” tagged on articles about population. If there is not a conspiratorial aspect to this pursuit of a utopian centralised green nirvana then what exactly is going on?

  37. After government controlled healthacre, government controlled food care. What could go wrong?

  38. “Doctors Demand Total Control of Global Food Distribution to Solve Obesity, Hunger and Climate Change”

    No.

    • like diabetics being told to use artificial sweeteners
      and still having weight n blood level issues
      pretty simple reason
      the body tastes sweet and produces insulin
      if theres no sugar the insulin is there and has to be handled or stored
      the fattest people i know use fake sugars eat “diet foods and low fat muck

  39. I can solve both the coal use and obesity problems easily. Each month everyone must weigh in at your local office of the Department of Weight Control. Those overweight are assigned time at the local chopping station where they chop wood to burn the designated amount of calories in accordance with the Dept charts in order to facilitate weight loss. The chopped wood is then burned in the government burn stations to produce steam to drive the generators for local electricity. Those who continue to stay overweight are charged a “food tax” so they buy less food until they achieve the prescribed weight for their height. Only skinny people will be allowed to run the program. See, so easy a caveman could do it.

  40. Everyone I know who believes in organic over processed and brags about how much good, pure, clean food they eat is fatter than I am. Anecdata, I know, but I find it funny. I’m too polite to say it to their face, of course, but I find it really funny!

  41. For over thirty years in my physical prime, I was a devout physical fitness enthusiast and fitness/dance instructor. I continue to focus on this with lesser intensity, of course, but still with a great deal of conscientious effort. Point being: I am all for addressing the obesity issue, but NOT by conflating it with climate change and some other broad fix-the-world philosophy that mirrors the climate-change manifesto.

    As long as people are allowed to believe that there are no standards of self discipline, no differences between individual-bodies/sexes/mental-dispositions, no deep accountability for their actions, no physical standards, no categorization of goals, etc., and as long as social customs and laws continue to support all this in a politically-correct-timid-of-criticism mentality that makes little allowance to nurture such things, then obesity will prevail and worsen.

  42. I’ve found that Doctors and “Scientists” are among the worst offenders for the progressive impulse to control others. Happy to call for totalitarian solutions to their pet problems, fail to see the ramifications. Or they do and imagine they’ll be in the glorious tower.

  43. It is the very doctors themselves who cause conditions like obesity themselves! And they want total control of our food supply?

    OK. So what causes obesity? You could be forgiven for believing it was caused by people eating to many calories. Indeed that is the meme sold to us daily throughout the media. In fact this is 95+% a known and proven lie. Obesity is not caused in general by over indulgence but by metabolism reduction, itself caused by unsaturated fat consumption.

    But are not unsaturated fats good for you?

    In the natural state (the cis-isomer form) yes, but in practice almost all vegetable oils are passed through hydrogenation plants these days. This does NOT mean almost all vegetable oils are hydrogenated. Not at all. This is because a few years ago, and the trick was first tried out in the UK, they simply turned off the hydrogen! It is NOT hydrogenation as a chemical reaction that produces trans-isomer form oils but the hydrogenation plants themselves. The result has been a significant increase in the trans-fat content of vegetable oils.

    But surely the trans fat content of vegetable oils is quite low now?

    1) There should be zero trans fat content in vegetable oils.
    2) Maybe the FDA simply changed the definition of what a trans fat is from:

    a) A fat molecule with a single trans bond anywhere in its make up to:
    b) A fat molecule in which all the unsaturated bonds are of the trans isomer form.

    This way they do not have to lie. Instead they simply deceive.

    Remember when Obama said he would ban trans fat?

    At the time I said he would not do that, instead he would ban hydrogenation. I was bang on. A couple of days later he reversed course and said he would ban hydrogenation. This has the effect of increasing the trans fat content of the oils when the hydrogenation plants are still in use. In the UK the hydrogenation plant are all still running 24/7 flat out I guess this is the same in the US.

    So what is the problem with trans-isomer form oils?

    Obesity apart they cause:

    All cardio vascular disease.
    All type 2 diabetes.
    All Alzheimers.
    All microvascular dementia….
    and about another 35 conditions.

    In the UK the doctors are heavily promoting canola (rapeseed) oil at the moment. This is part of a plan to tripple the incidence of Alzheimers in the population. Are they doing the same thing in the States?

    In the UK every year more people die of trans fat conditions than anything else. Not only does the medical industry profit greatly from it but the governments balance sheets is significantly improved. Think reduced annuity payouts/ state pensions (UK) etc..

    The government worked with Big Pharma to allow this genocide to take place. The definition of fascism is the merger of state and corporate power. It can be described as globalism. The article is simply about the desire of TPTB to convert globalism (sovereign states + Big Pharma) to Globalism with the capital ‘G’ signifying world government and thus Global Fascism.

    While Globalism is sold to the left as communism, it is in reality fascism.

    This is the plan, watch out!!!

    I do not ask you to believe this, I ask you to check out the scientific literature AND/OR check what I say with an infrared spectrophotometer.

    The UK and USA are under intense traitorous attacks by those who pretend otherwise. Your liberties and your lives and the lives of your children are fully at stake.

    ACT. FIND OUT, DO NOT BE DECEIVED.

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