|Average daily calorie consumption, 2009|
Doesn't anyone read Goldilocks and the Three Bears any more? What ever happened to moderation?
Too much of anything can create problems, as can too little. We should always be aiming for just the right amount. As the idiom goes, "Enough is as good as a feast".
Today too much money usually means too much food. Too little means not enough.
While some countries are experiencing an obesity epidemic, there is still a high incidence of starvation in others.
The World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 1400 calories per day. The global average in 2009 was 2,800 calories. A large portion of the population got 900 calories or less. That is too little.
Some rich countries have an average calorie intake of over 3,500 calories. That is too much. Gorging on that much food while remaining sedentary results in negative health and lifestyle outcomes.
It also takes calories from those that need them simply to survive.
The problems at the Global All You Can Eat Buffet mean that the number of people dealing with the negative consequences of too much food outnumber those that deal with the challenges of having too little.
There are people at the back of the line that haven't had any porridge (hot or cold) while a large group of others are going back for second, third, and fourth servings. And it's not hard to see who is doing the queue-jumping.
If we were to stop squandering our extra money on unhealthy consumer driven pursuits, or hoarding it in trophy bank accounts, we could eliminate both obesity and starvation, not to mention a host of other challenges.
Imagine everyone at the global family table getting enough sustenance to maintain a healthy life. No more, no less.
That would be just right.