Dr. Oz: Why I'm Getting Involved With the Food Supply Chain Coalition

The food supply chain is broken, but we have a welding kit. Food banks nationwide are squeezed between short supplies and a 40% surge in demand from needy families, but every $1 spent to reconnect the frayed chain yields up to $72 in aid. Working with the All-In Challenge, three universities (University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Tennessee, and Arizona State University) have dedicated 27 MBA students to close the end-to-end gaps in the national farm-to-food bank supply chain. We will leverage insights and resources from some of America’s largest food producers and food banks to arm these whiz kids as they connect farmers and ranchers to packers and transporters, and ultimately to food banks, so America can utilize any idle capacity to feed our most vulnerable. The resulting playbook will provide expertise and leadership as we reconnect our tattered food supply chain. Offer your advice and follow our efforts on the Food Supply Chain Coalition's LinkedIn.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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