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Venezuelans Lost 24 Pounds Each Last Year

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he speaks during a march, at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, April 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Socialism isn’t good for anything. It’s an economic system that’s supposed to make everything better for everyone, but instead devolves entire countries to a standard of living that makes poverty look luxurious.

A recent study found that citizens of socialist Venezuela have lost, on average, 24 lbs in the last year.

The study, published Wednesday by a trio of universities, is described by Reuters as “one of the most closely-followed assessments of Venezuelans’ well being amid a government information vacuum and shows a steady rise in poverty and hunger in recent years.”

More than 60 percent of Venezuelans admit to waking up hungry at some point over the previous three months, a fine signal that socialism means plenty for all.

Venezuela isn’t the first to be starved by socialism. Famines occurred in the Soviet Union and communist China in past years. North Korea has always struggled to feed its population.

Of course, I know what socialists will say. “Real socialism has never been tried.” It’s a cop-out that they use time and time again to deflect from the fact that socialism can’t do what its proponents claim.

The only reason to implement socialism in the United States would be to combat the obesity epidemic, but I’m pretty sure there are better ways to deal with people being too fat. Frankly, if given my druthers, I’d rather deal with the problems stemming from too much food rather than too little.

Venezuela, despite its oil-rich status and fertile land, can’t manage to feed its own people. They can’t manage to do it despite having all the resources necessary. That’s a failure of socialism no matter how much someone tries to say otherwise.

No, they don’t have an obesity epidemic, but they also don’t have any of the things that ultimately matter to all people. Things like freedom and, you know, food.