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The Food Problem

Updated on November 30, 2011

Why is there a problem in the first place?

First of all I would like to remember my readers that all the opinions expressed on this hub are my own. They were all based on my experience, as a person since I was born, and as an active nutritionist during the last 10 years.

When people search for the help of a nutritionist, most of the times are just looking for "easy" and very fast ways to lose weight, as well as feeling and look better. Most people tend to look for expensive aesthetic treatments, very strict or inadequate diets, even some pills which are publicized as capable of doing miracles... all these strategies may help accelerate the healing process but none of those will solve each one`s Problem without a proper personal life changing plan first.

What's in your child's happy meal? This one has pasta, a bean-burger and salad (it had more salad but the picture looked better like this)
What's in your child's happy meal? This one has pasta, a bean-burger and salad (it had more salad but the picture looked better like this) | Source

The aesthetic over health...

Of course everybody understands why people feel the need to look better. In our modern societies this is something with much importance both for professional and personal reasons. What people forget is why the problem exists in the first place.

The imposed requirement for economic profits from producers, automatically made it impossible for society to satisfy our real nutritional needs as it was impossible for us to eat larger quantities to allow those earnings in the end... that only happens when we feed ourselves with unsatisfying foods which make us feel the "need" for much bigger caloric quantities before the stomach tells us is already full.

At this point we already ate much larger quantity of those nutritionally disappointing hapless foods (but very caloric at the same time) than if we had ate high nutritional foods which would satisfy our real nutritional needs.

The Food Problem

Frequently we relate the food problem with hunger in certain parts of our world but that`s not the only food problem...
There`re other forms of malnutrition even in countries where we believe nothing`s missing... if people are fed mostly with unsatisfying foods sooner or later they`ll become malnourished, no matter how much quantities they can eat each day.


Birke Baehr - "What's Wrong With Our Food System"

Find out how our foods are produced...

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
One of the best books I ever read! Michael Pollan explains exactly how we got to the present situation on food production... pointing out clearly what causes many of our society problems, specially what concerns to our health and its relation with food, food suppliers and their actual alternatives. A must read! Ricardo Nunes.

Food Inc - An unflattering look inside corporate controlled food industry

This film is intended to be a reflection rather than only information. It is meant to involve the viewer and to expect a level of pro-activeness within us all!

In the end...

What we choose to eat has to be our own decision. We can not rely on others to decide which foods satisfy us the best. We are what we eat! Right!?

From food, to careers, to relationship choices, we have been manipulated to chase the appearance and ignore the internal realities of our bodies. We continue to strengthen this system as we support its poisons.


More resources about The Food Problem

The World Food Problem

Report on the Twenty-First Session of the Sub-Committee on Nutrition, UNICEF, New York, 7-11 March 1994.


Food - The silent tsunami

Food prices are causing misery and strife around the world. Radical solutions are needed


The Food Problem & the Evolution of International Income Levels



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    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you for commenting!

      You`re right Maria, we ALL must be our own caregivers... knowing which info we can trust, growing our own foods, and very important, help others to do the same (enlightenment). It`s not easy to start the change... but the results can be amazing! Love and Light to All! :)

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      Maria Daines 

      9 years ago from UK

      Thank you for welcoming me to hubpages Ricardo. I enjoyed reading your editorial, recently I watched the film Food Inc, it was a real eye opener and I wish it could be shown on mainstream TV. Our food is changing rapidly and I don't believe it is for the better, corporate control is a risk, and going back to basics and growing our own food for ourselves and our communities seems a safer way to eat.

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      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Tenerife

      An awesome hub that gets my vote up! A brilliant start here!

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU for the lovely compliments too!

    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      It`s a pleasure and honor to have you here commenting on my hub. Thank you for backing me up on this... you`re surely a good example of how the food we eat can keep us healthy and beautiful no matter what! :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      I also strongly believe that a really nutritious diet and good food habits lead to a healthier, longer-lasting life and that a person must be self-informed about it. I'm appalled at the commonplace advertising tricks to get people to choose empty caloric food which are basically addictive, containing refined sugar and starches, dangerous fats, high sodium and lacking most of the real nutrients needed for optimum health and longevity. The proportion of the food groups is almost universally out of balance, too, with a dearth of fresh fruits and veggies.

      Anyway - it's good to hear your strong, clear presentation of many vital facts. Bravo!

      And thank you for the follow, as well.

    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Pamela. This is a subject that most people seem to find insignificant or even irrelevant for our wellbeing... they could not be wronger. Most people don`t understand why there`re so many different opinions about the same subjects and so they stop thinking about which foods to eat... they give up and pay someone to "think" for them... that`s the way our society have been "thinking" for too long! :(

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Excellent information in this hub. I am so glad you addressed this problem. Outstanding hub.

    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks Suzie! We don`t need to become strict vegan to feel better... but it sure helps :)

      I never liked to radicalize much so I keep eating fish or meat once or twice a week. This way I`m able to invite friends for dinner sometimes :D

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      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      It is true we are what we eat. I have to say that when I was a strict vegetarian I felt better. trying to wean myself off the meat again. Great Hub.

    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Hi daravuthz, thanks for commenting... I`ve been here for sometime now, so no doubt I`m going to enjoy HP :)

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      9 years ago from Cambodia

      Welcome to Hubpages and Thanks for sharing with us. Hope you enjoy writing in this community. useful

    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      So good to have you here, Michelle! There are few things that influence our health as much as our food... we really have to watch out what we eat, depending on what we choose we can be healthier or very sick, and people all over the world are having troubles choosing right! Indeed there`re certain types of food that make us feel unsatisfied and others which satisfy our nutritional needs - we just have to feel our body`s signals :)

      I`ll also write some hubs on healthy foods and how we can produce them ourselves :)

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello, nice to see you again! I agree what we choose to eat is our own decision. I've been trying to change my eating habits to healthier months...and my body could already distinguish when something is unhealthy for me. :) Looking forward to more of your nutrition hubs as I want to continue to learn.

    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      Thanks for your comment IslandVoice. I started this new account exactly with that propose, share my experience and knowledge on this subject. If we want to leave a better healthier world for our kids we must "heal" ourselves first! :)

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      9 years ago from Hawaii

      A good way to start a 'relationship' here Ricardo...our love for food. Food as they say is like drugs, we must take responsibly. We take the wrong stuff, and we suffer the caveats. Welcome to hubbing, and keep us nutritionally informed, and entertained!

    • Ricardo Nunes profile imageAUTHOR

      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      WoW... my first two comments on this hub and both of them are complementing it. Thank you so much guys, you`re both great friends and it`s a honor for me having you here commenting and enriching this hub :)

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      Bob Ewing 

      9 years ago from New Brunswick

      Thanks for bringing this vital discussion forward, food is our medicine and when we eat poorly we fare poorly.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      As far as I'm concerned the very basis of today's food has been messed with all the way down to it's tinniest particles... genetically altered, grown in chemically fertilized soil... contaminating the entire food chain.

      Everything with 'bigger, better, nicer looking... faster ripening, higher yielding crops... etc' in mind no wonder the nutrition values, vitamins, minerals have also altered leaving us with very little option of wholesome choices.

      Great hub Ricardo, hope you're well

      regards Zsuzsy


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