More than two centuries ago Thomas Malthus predicted that food production growth would fail to keep up with population growth and that the world would suffer from mass starvation. He couldn’t have been more wrong. In his native Britain, and in her former colony across the Atlantic, our major drivers of mortality are not starvation related but rather obesity related. Malthus and his allies were an almost perfect contrarian indicator, issuing their dire warnings at the very beginning of the great hockey stick curve take-off, about a danger which was the exact opposite of the health crisis that actually occurred. The developed world, with a few exceptions, is not underfed: it is overfed, and we are now looking at an epidemic of the diseases which come from excess body weight especially among the poor.
Excerpted from forbes.com