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I'm sure everyone's seen or heard of <a href="http://www.thehungersite.com" target="_blank">www.thehungersite.com</a><br><br><br><br>
On the front page, there is a little map and a caption that reads "when a country darkens on this map it represents a death from hunger."<br><br><br><br>
At the risk of seeming bizarre or cruel.. I'd like everyone on these boards to click on <a href="http://www.thehungersite.com" target="_blank">www.thehungersite.com</a><br><br><br><br>
Just take a minute to watch that map. Think about what starvation really means. What it would be like to live in a country where food actually isn't available.<br><br><br><br>
Then the next time you sit down to dinner, instead of wondering how many calories are in a half cup of rice, whether or not you're hungry, whether or not you want to feel completely full when you're done eating, think about food for what it is. Think about it in terms of not being able to get it. Food is what keeps you alive. Be THANKFUL for your meals. Don't argue with your food. Don't develop a negative relationship with it. Eat it, love it, be gracious you have it and savor every bite.
 

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CharityAJO;<br><br><br><br>
I agree, that we should be thankful that we have food to eat and think about the fact that food sustains us.<br><br><br><br>
There are people that die of starvation because they can't get enough food. And there are people that die of starvation even though food is available to them. I'm interested in this subject because I knew one such person. He didn't eat enough of the right foods to sustain himself so he died.<br><br><br><br>
It didn't have to happen; he could afford to buy enough of the right foods to survive. He was living on mostly fruits and some vegetables. He ate very few nuts. Two years before he died, I calculated his calorie intake for 3 days and it averaged less than 1000 kcals/day.<br><br><br><br>
He was once a healthy strong man that weighed 160 lbs. After 12 years of limiting his intake he died. At time of death he weighed only 82 lbs.
 

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definitely a worthy post...the hunger site is my homepage <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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It seems like so many problems revolve around food...When people dont have enough of it, they starve to death. When they have to much of it, they get obesity related problems or the develop eating disorders that can kill them (Like Kyo's friend)<br><br><br><br>
Why is it so hard to find middle ground?
 

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amen to that.<br><br><br><br>
i have struggled with an eating disorder in the past and am now proudly OVER IT!!!<br><br><br><br>
but it is an evil little demon that never truly goes away and i still have to catch myself counting the calories etc sometimes...<br><br><br><br>
in fact, i did this morning...<br><br><br><br>
i've just done a hard hour of exercise and it makes me feel good for the right reasons these days... and i eat loads!<br><br><br><br>
this post has helped me today to be thankful so i thank you for that!<br><br><br><br>
it is hard to find middle ground, but i am getting there...<br><br><br><br>
not feeling guilty is an important step... it's not healthy for me to feel guilty for eating but it is also not healthy to feel guilty for exercising, eating well and looking after myself!
 

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I wish food came out of a tube on the wall. Perfectly measured portions, tasteless, just the right amount for your size and activity level......<br><br>
I can only dream.<br><br>
Although Charity, you are right. We ought to be thankful for the food we have and eat it respectfully, with respect for the fuel and the source (plant, animal, whatever)<br><br>
lovenlight,<br><br>
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Yes, i agree. I also think we should all make an effort not to waste food. I know i am very guilty of throwing 'good food' out when my kids or hubby don't finish everything on their plate, ..i don't have that problem ..haha. I used to always eat my kids 'leftovers' but i starting catching their illnesses/colds this way and have stopped.
 

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It makes me sad to know there is enough food to feed the world, but it's not divided evenly or honestly.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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This made me think of something I have in a book, the quote reads, "Whenever you are in doubt, apply the following test: recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to them. " - Mahatma Gandhi This quote was on a page with a picture of a staving child from Bangladesh. It's so heartbreaking, children are the first victims of starvation.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by punkmommy</i><br><br><b>"Whenever you are in doubt, apply the following test: recall the face of the poorest and weakest person you have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to them. " - Mahatma Gandhi</b></div>
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truly awesome eloquence there. thanks, punkmommy.<br><br>
out of curiosity, what book is that from?
 

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It's from a book called " Take it Personally" by Anita Roddick. She is the founder of the Body Shop. I don't support the Body Shop, but the book has a lot of info on globalization, environment, greed, capitalism, ect. It has some pretty powerful pictures and a great resource directory. There are interviews with lots of interesting people/organizations.
 
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