The Biggest Loser vs. The Most Hungry

Last night I watched The Biggest Loser for the first time. It was an inspiring and encouraging show. Except for the minor terror I experienced upon seeing the trainer for the Black Team. Seriously, is there any force more formidable than Jillian Michaels? And although I was so proud of the contestants for their hard work and diligence, I couldn’t help but feel disgusted that we Americans gluttonously consume more than our bodies could ever need or want.

Today I’ve been reflecting on the fact that I’ve never gone to bed hungry because the cupboards were empty. I’ve never known what it feels like to sell personal belongings in exchange for a meal. I’ve never experienced the humility of begging for food by the side of the road.

Last week, the International Food Policy Research Group issued the 2009 Global Hunger Index Report. According to the report, 29 countries have alarming or extremely alarming levels of hunger.

Scoring the worst? You guessed it: Democratic Republic of Congo.

Global Health Index

With the correlation between hunger and gender inequality, the International Food Policy Research Institution (IFPRI) suggests an important part of the solution to ending world hunger will be to educate and empower women and girls. Seems easy, right?

Obviously the problem of world hunger is much larger than my mind can grasp. But I know that The Biggest Loser this season won’t be a contestant from the television program. The Biggest Loser will likely be the one of the millions who are affected by the economic crisis. One of the children who suffer from malnutrition or the mother who forgoes her portion so that her child may eat.


3 responses to “The Biggest Loser vs. The Most Hungry

  1. India too faces the same problem. Riches and Luxury on one side and on the other poverty and hunger. There is no other place which has a striking contrast like our country.

    The slums with no water facility exist alongside the mansions with decorative water fountains. Children are made to work and they become bread winners at an early age missing a chance at good education.

    It is upto the leaders to effect a major transition that could help the lives of millions of people.

  2. It truly is a sad dichotomy. I recall observing similar circumstances in Guatemala and Peru. In your opinion, are India’s leaders doing anything to help solve this dilemma?

  3. Your blog looks great. I love your information and education with a personal spin. I can’t wait to hear and see all about it. I am so proud of you.

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