Hunger and Obesity: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

I absolutely love TED Talks. For a while back I would watch a talk each night right before bed, and I always learned something fascinating.

Here is an example of an energetic talk by Elen Gustafson, entitled, “Obesity + Hunger = 1 Global Issue.”

Have a wonderful weekend,


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4 Responses to Hunger and Obesity: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

  1. Thomas – as you rightfully noted we are having some issues with embedding video players. Our IT team is working on it. In the meantime, we’ve temporarily solved it and the video can now be viewed on our site. Enjoy!

  2. S.H. says:

    This sort of ties in with a question I have for you guys (should you ever fall short of a topic for a post), well not really, but I’m not on The Twitter so I don’t know how else to send this to you. I lost some weight in the last year on a calorie counting diet, and during that time found a lot of helpful ideas on obesity blogs — like yours! — and forums. One very popular warning you find a lot on these forums is about the danger of unknowingly going into “starvation mode” — setting your calories so low that your body shuts down less essential functions, and you stall in the dreaded “plateau,”, and perhaps damage your metabolism permanently. As an academic, but not in the field of health unfortunately, I wondered if there is actual evidence for “starvation mode” in the course of an ordinary, mostly sedentary first-world person going on a term-length, moderately low calorie diet. (The dangerous number cited is regularly 1200 calories.) The few weeks I tried a calorie level that was too low for me, I saw pretty clear physical and mental effects, and so raised again to a comfortable level, and I wonder if you could really enter such a “starvation mode” without it becoming noticeable.

    The particular choice of term in these diet forums also makes me a little uncomfortable about the trivialization of this idea in a world where people actually ARE starving.

  3. MAC says:

    As an idea for a future post that ties into this topic – the food insecurity/obesity paradox. Studies are finding that people (in Western countries) who feel that they do not have enough to eat (even without hunger) are at increased risk for obesity