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The True Food Believers

  1. chemit1 says:

    Pretty sure there was a larger than normal amount of deaths due to being shot… it is basic math, when one type of death increasing in percentage the other types will decrease. Regardless of any of the rationing more people died from being killed before they were even at an age that would put them at risk for many diseases.

    • GlenysO says:

      That’s possible, although I believe they probably controlled for the mortality rate from combat (let’s hope!). There was so much else going on during that time – and all preceeded by a big Depression, so who knows if that affected it too! Also, people really had a sense of purpose during the war, even civilians, and I believe a sense of purpose is also correlated with better health/longevity (at least according to the Blue Zones people). Sugar was rationed but not banned completely, so it’s not like they were in complete abstinence, which really supports an “all foods fit” mentality in my mind! 🙂

  2. Seems like picking a food demon is the same type of instinct that drives us (esp Americans) to pick an racial/ethnic demon. Much easier to single out one villain than to admit that most things in life are way too complex to sum up with a 1-2-3 list of What to Do/Not Do. And the more we fear something (terrorism, obesity) the more intensely we cling to our certainties that if only we could get rid of X, we would all be safer/healthier/purer/etc.

    • GlenysO says:

      Yes, I think it’s easier to think in black and white than to admit to the myriad of greyscale subtleties that can make life all that much more confusing.

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