January 10th, 2006

hands down i'm too proud for love

Human consumption

I am not entirely sure how much this relates to eating disorders, but I figured a lot of you might find these facts interesting. These are here as vehicles of awareness and consciousness, not triggers for people who want to eat less (as part of their eating disorder or not). Some of this information is not new, but it's something to keep us all thinking.

I understand that some of the numbers might be off (as with most statistics), but these portray a general idea.

  • Americans eat 200 billion more calories per day than necessary -- enough to feed 80 million people.

  • While millions of people around the world starve to death, Americans spend $30 billion a year on diet programs. One-third of the U.S. population is significantly overweight.

  • Today's world food supply supplies 2,700 calories per person per day. Although that could feed the world, our distribution of that food neglects 20% of the population.

  • Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily

  • The average individual daily consumption of water is 159 gallons, while more than half the world's population lives on 25 gallons.

    Source: http://www.mindfully.org/Sustainability/Consumption-Industrialized-Commercialized.htm and http://www.mindfully.org/Sustainability/Americans-Consume-24percent.htm