75% Of Venezuelans Lose "At Least 19 Pounds" In 2016

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A new study conducted by three universities in Venezuela sheds new light on just how dire the food shortages are in Maduro's failed Socialist utopia.  Called ENVOVI, the living conditions survey found that 75% of Venezuelans lost "an average of at least 19 pounds" in 2016 due to food shortages.  Per UPI:

Venezuela's Living Conditions Survey found that nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of at least 19 pounds in 2016 due to a lack of proper nutrition amid an economic crisis.


The survey, called ENCOVI, is a joint effort conducted by the Central University of Venezuela, the Andrés Bello Catholic University and the Simón Bolívar University, along with the Fundación Bengoa food and nutrition group and other non-governmental organizations.


In the survey, researchers found that most Venezuelans substituted red and white meats with vegetables and tubers -- such as potatoes. According to the survey, 82.8 percent of Venezuelans are considered poor due to their income.

Of course, food shortages and riots have become the norm in Maduro's Venezuela and resulted in the country ceding control of its food supply to the military last summer (see "Maduro Puts Military In Charge Of Venezuela's Food, Calls It 'Great Sovereign Supply Mission'").  While the move was obviously sold by Maduro as a way to protect citizens from food riots and ensure equal distribution of scarce supplies, in reality it simply ceded more control to the military while making the head of the armed forces, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, one of the most powerful people in Venezuela...all while Venezuelans have resorted to eating whatever they can find in the garbage.


As we've noted frequently in recent months, hyperinflation plagued the oil-producing nation's bolivar currency throughout 2016 and has rendered cash effectively useless.  As one protested noted, "a food ticket is not a salary...what does someone do when
100,000 bolívars in food tickets disappear thanks to inflation, because
the price of food goes up every day?"


Meanwhile, lack of food and basic services is also creating an education crisis with more than 1 million children no longer attending school due to a lack of food, running water and/or electricity.

About 30 percent of students who now stay home do not attend school because of water problems at home or on campus, 22 percent do not attend because of electricity blackouts and 15 percent do not attend due to school strikes, the survey found.


About 10 percent said a lack of food at home or in school was the reason for their absence. The survey said those in that category are considered among the poorest who previously never skipped school because they did not have food at home.

Of course, the failure of Venezuela's socialist utopia likely means that civil war is all but inevitable at some point in the future absent a quick doubling of crude prices...all of which begs the question of which developed nation, amid a wave of populist sentiment around the world, will open it's doors to South America's next round of refugees.

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Haus-Targaryen's picture

Now I understand why feminists so desperately want socialism ...

Croesus's picture

Naturally, the government workers all look fat & healthy...

When SHTF, forget hiding in your houses, or warring with the neighbors...start killing the politicians, and watch how fast things get back to normal.

The only good politician, is a dead one.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Let’s get real here. Venezuela is suffering because oil companies are crashing the price of oil in order to sabotage communism, just like they did to China and the Soviet Union. Socialism didn’t fail – this was the work of capitalists, who continue to wage all out war against the proletariat.

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D Nyle's picture

Just a Fad Diet, Nothing to see here   Mao, Poi Pot tried it, Worked Great

NoDebt's picture

"82.8 percent of Venezuelans are considered poor due to their income."

Yes, but they're rich in spirit.  Is there some other way of measuring poverty that I'm not aware of besides money?



LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) NoDebt Feb 21, 2017 5:19 PM

Ah... the wonders of Socialism:

No food = Yea! Our peoples aren't fat slobs like you Capitalist peegs!
No jobs = Yea! More family time, 24/7, for Dad!
No housing = Yea! Our peoples are healthy, outdoors, types!

Future Jim's picture

I wish I had lost 19 pounds in 2016 ... but ... the whole country?!

The Miracle of Socialism!

peippe's picture

it it it doesn't work like that!

because EVERYBODY lost 19 pounds!

damn it!

beemasters's picture

It's probably getting more difficult to be a socialist nation in the sea of capitalist vultures.

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xythras (not verified) beemasters Feb 21, 2017 6:05 PM

They are TOO FAT still. Embrace communism you spicks.

Meanwhile we'll keep our ways. As long as we have Chuck Norris , NO ONE MESSES WITH US

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Creative_Destruct's picture

Cure the US obesity epidemic.... go socialist.

Antifaschistische's picture
"75% Of Venezuelans Lose "At Least 19 Pounds" In 2016"

I love it...now THEREs a "the glass is 1/2 full kinda guy"  silver lining in everything.

Antifaschistische's picture

The other 17.2% are poor due to someone elses income.   Maybe the 17.2 are .gov employees.

Croesus's picture

@ MDB:

Normally, I love your satire, but I have a hard time seeing humor in the idea of people starving to death, due to inept politicians.

My post above yours, contains the solution to these problems.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

It's not humour! Do you really think I'd spend over three years building one of the most accredited media publications on the internet if I wasn't a real progressive?? I'dm dead serious, as are the majority of progressives. Socialism works, capitalism doesn't, and history (now known as xerstory) demonstrates this clearly.

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Philo Beddoe's picture

You should seek some medical attention. 

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

That's pretry rich coming from someone who probably supports Trump!

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Philo Beddoe's picture

I support Ivanka, Ron Paul and The Giant Meteor in no particular order. 

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) MillionDollarBonus_ Feb 21, 2017 5:20 PM

"... building one of the most accredited media publications on the internet..."

LOL! "Accredited" by Mom's basement dwellers.

Anopheles's picture

"building one of the most accredited media publications on the internet"

In your own mind....  That's what happens to progressves.  You are self delusional.  It's a mental disease. Seek treatment immediately. 


TheMachinist's picture

Socialism/Progressivism is what allows the dark maintenance guy where I work to do absolutely zero work over 95% of the time while the rest of us work.  Management does nothing about it because of fear of being sued for racism.  Chickenshits.  There is not a white guy in the shop who could get away that shit.  Socialism fast tracks society into the wagon instead of pulling it.  When no one pulls, the wagon stops.  Fuck your socialism/progressivism.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

What in the fuck are you blabbering about?

Globally, we are at record oil production and storage capacity, put down the crack pipe. 

Socialism/Communism sucked, still sucks, and will continue to suck.  What will it suck?  The skidmarks off some grungy underwear.  But eat and be merry, for there may not be any undies tomorrow if the benevelent overlords don't centrally plan exactly as a free market would operate!


*Oh, it's MDB, I got suckered

Ben Tornilloed's picture

Oil companies are crashing the price of oil????  What an idiot.  Oil companies want to make money.  Sabotaging the price of their main asset is NOT a way to accomplish that.  If you knew ANYHTHING about the business you would know that privately held and publically traded "oil companies" control a fraction of the worlds reserves.  National Oil Companies own the lions share of reserves and production.  You are a tool.  And a useless one at that.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

You clearly don’t understand how capitalism works! Capitalists want to take control of the resources of socialist nations so that they can enslave the proletariat and bleed these countries dry! Oil companies collaborated with each other AND pro-capitalist governments to sabotage Venezuela’s main revenue source! Venezuela was doing FINE before this! Cuba has one of the best healthcare systems in the WORLD for goodness sake!!

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g'kar's picture

"Let’s get real here" + "Why Voter ID Laws Set A Dangerous Precedent" = You Are A Dolt

slyhill's picture

The new mdb author has not studied well. I appreciate the change of avatar tho.

css1971's picture

That's quite funny. You should switch back and forth between marxist and corporatist/fascist more often.

DontGive's picture

Wow, those Venezuelans sure know efficiency.

A garbage truck and a food truck all in one!

Captain Chlamydia's picture

No,  in this case you 're not,  but you get all my respect in other topics. 

The western world is living way above their calories,  way below what they should be in terms of exercise.  A big crisis, and the accompanying food crisis, can only be helpfull. 

The Western world should switch back to farming, gardening, cultivate their fruit and veggies instead of their lawn and car. 


IridiumRebel's picture

Can't wait for the American version of "The Biggest Economic Loser"....

Salsa Verde's picture

Start moving those fat tennis ball feminists to Venezuela ASAP; never let a good crisis go to waste!

silverer's picture

They are now in competition with North Korea. We must now define what "winning" means.

knukles's picture

Long time ago I met the Ethiopian long jump champion who wore his gold Rolex like a belt.

mototard's picture

Maybe we could send Michael Moore there? He could lose weight and hang out with the socialists he likes so much!  LOL  

Anonymous IX's picture

Tragic, absolutely tragic.  The Lord of the Flies unfolding in Venezuela.

RagaMuffin's picture

And Maduro gained 19 lbs  ?

trouba z ceska's picture

"If only a war erupted somewhere!" -ZeroHedge hyena

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

You upvoted yourself, that's a dumb ass comment.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

People are DYING to try the new, hip, and easy SOCIALISM DIET! 

Buy now and watch Liberals redistribute wealth to their friends and the four winds!

ToSoft4Truth's picture

House cat... it's what's for dinner. 

TheABaum's picture

Cat's all gone.

Fortunately, the supply of rats is way up due to the government's economic programs. 

HRH Feant's picture
HRH Feant (not verified) TheABaum Feb 21, 2017 5:24 PM

I have an older neighbor that says he catches one or two Norway rats a week in traps next to his garbage can. No, I don't live in Venezuela. But in large cities the rat population is the one protein source that is always available. You would think that some people were raising rats in apartments to provide their own reliable source of protein. Gather rotten scraps to feed to the rats. Voila, barbecued rat for dinner!

I was wondering about pigeons. There are always pigeons in cities and it is an easy bird to raise in the city. If I lived there I would be turning the rooftop into a pigeon aviary and start raising rats and rabbits. Rabbits can convert grass and other veg scraps into protein. What surprises me are all the people still in the cities. Crazy. You would think they would leave.

PodissNM's picture

Just remember you can starve to death eating only rabbits or other sources of extremely lean meat.

SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Got Flamingo? 

[picture of Lebron James holding glass of ground Flamingo with a whimsically silly pink mustache]