Biggest tiny losers?

There’s got to be an idea in here somewhere, between the weight-conscious 4-year-olds

Nearly half of the 3- to 6-year-old girls in a study by University of Central Florida psychology professor Stacey Tantleff-Dunn and doctoral student Sharon Hayes said they worry about being fat…. Studies have shown that young girls worried about their body image are more likely to suffer from eating disorders when they are older.

…the self-destructive competitive weight loss contestants

Ryan C. Benson, who lost 122 of his 330-pound starting weight … is now back above 300 pounds but he thinks he has been shunned by the show because he publicly admitted that he dropped some of the weight by fasting and dehydrating himself to the point that he was urinating blood.

…the competitive eating, covered by Sports Illustrated:

…and the wasting of 40% of all calories produced in the country:

We found that US per capita food waste has progressively increased by ~50% since 1974 reaching more than 1400 kcal per person per day or 150 trillion kcal per year. Food waste now accounts for more than one quarter of the total freshwater consumption and ~300 million barrels of oil per year.

The new estimate of food waste (solid line, with confidence intervals above and below) is based on a model of calories produced, burned and stored as weight. It shows much more waste than the USDA estimates (shown in the black squares).

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