A follow up to our first post on the topic. You see, TUS brought the link over there, and now I’m returning the favor and bringing a TUS link back here. Specifically, this one. It’s a review of the book from which the photos were taken.
It wasn’t until I finished the book that I started to realize what was completely absent. None of the families interviewed said anything about hunger or malnutrition. None of them mentioned rationing food within the family, or having times that there wasn’t enough to go around. For all the dozens of references to obesity in the accompanying editorial pieces, there was not a single corresponding mention of kwashiorkor or other nutritional deficiency diseases…
I suspect that some of the diets described were nutritionally insufficient, but there was no mention of that in the accompanying essays. The evils of soft drinks and McDonald’s for the Western families, sure. The dangers of Third Worlders starting to eat more meat and sugar, yes. The perils of not enough protein and calories? Nowhere. Eventually that absence left (please pardon the expression) a bad taste in my mouth.
I think this is a point well worth making. And there is also an interesting follow-up discussion in the comments. Enjoy.
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