Re: Good news for Libertarians!

Michael Lorrey (
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 16:49:36 -0500

John K Clark wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Feb 1997 Erik Moeller <> Wrote:
>2 million British children suffer from the effects of malnutrition.
>A British study ("The Hunger within") shows that this is mainly a
>consequence of the cancellation of state subvention. [...] To those
>of you who haven't already noticed: Yeah, I'm a cynic.
> Unlike you I am not a cynic, but I am a skeptic, and I know that in the USA
> those on welfare are more likely to be grossly obese than malnourished.
> I am even more skeptical that your mysterious "study" has have the source of
> this phenomena, but for the sake of argument let's assume it's 100% correct.
> Can we conclude from this that it's a terrible situation to have 2 million
> hungry children?

Unfortunately, John you and everyone else, including the poster
automatically assumed that "malnourished" meant "starving", when the two
words are very different. It is entirely possible for a malnourished
individual to be obese, as they are wrongly nourished by an excess of
starch and fat in their diets that does not meet with their metabolic
needs. An alcoholic can get more than their daily need of corbohydrates
from the beer they drink, and still be malnourished, as well as suffer
from a deficit of other nutrients.


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