Amerika’s Fierce Appetite

Feeding Amerika's Fierce Appetite
Amerika’s Fierce Appetite


The U.S.-based organization Feeding America claims that 1 in 8 Amerikans “suffer from hunger.” The First Worldist advocacy group warns, “You may know someone who is hungry and not even realize it.” By contrast, in the Third World, hunger is easy to spot: malnourished, boney bodies, and swollen bellies. In Amerika, it is understandably difficult to pick out the hungry amidst the crush of fleshy figures.

Hunger, like every other social indicator, is defined differently by First Worldists. An Amerikan “suffers” from hunger, according to the USDA, if they feel “hungry but did not eat” or “cut [the] size of meal or skipped meal.” In other words, one eighth of all Amerikans may have experienced a grumbly tummy in the last month or so — perhaps that sensation is gas produced by the many meals not skipped, or the Big Mac without fries. Such is the “science” of the First Worldist.

Amerika is “hungry” indeed. So hungry in fact that 66% of Amerikans are overwieght or obese. More than half the population has a medical condition due to “hunger.” However, it isn”t malnutrition, it’s increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, conditions often associated with overeating. The vast majority of Amerikans prefer potato chips and television to any sort of physical activity. So is it any surprise that there is a conspicuous lack of Amerikan children with distended bellies and exposed ribcages? Hunger, according to First Worldists, is a psychological state: “I didn’t eat as much as I wanted today!” “I had to skip lunch once last week!” “I just ate but I’m still hungry!” Such is the song and dance for advocates of First Worlders. By contrast, hunger in the Third World is a matter of life and death.

The World Health Organization recommends a minimum intake of 2600 calories a day. Those in the Third World consume, on average, 2100 calories; First World peoples approximately 3700. Thus, by a more objective standard of measure, hunger is virtually non-existent in the First World. And, by contrast, most Third World people experience hunger as a way of life.

The distribution of hunger in the world is yet more confirmation that the principal contradiction is between the First and the Third World. Capitalism-imperialism is a world system that generates vast inequalities between countries. Under the current world system a few wealthy countries live comfortable lives at the expense of the vast majority in the poor countries. To end hunger for the vast majority of humanity in the Third World means turning the tables, including the dinner table, on the fat, lazy First World.

Smash the obese empire that feeds on the world’s hungry!



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2 responses to “Amerika’s Fierce Appetite

  1. Serve the People

    Sure, some people in the First World may for whatever reason (dieting, laziness, illness, lack of appetite) skip a meal here and there. But not because they cannot obtain food. For crying out loud, Amerikkkans go to soup kitchens in fucking CARS! Recently I heard on the radio some mumbling about the increased demand on food banks, allegedly caused by the current economic downturn (itself a manifestation of bourgeois decadence and something-for-nothingism): supposedly some unemployed Amerikkkans have to choose between buying food and filling their gas tanks. That shows how far removed their concerns are from those of TRULY hungry people in the Third World–people that toil away for 70 or 80 hours a week making cheap goods for the Wal-Mart in Peoria yet still cannot get an adequate diet, never mind a car to drive to the non-existent food bank or soup kitchen.

  2. Fcuk America

    Have some sympathy.

    Do you know how much hardship it is for Americans to settle for regular-sized french fries instead of the super-sized version?

    It’s heartbreaking. ;-)

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