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Say, hypothetically, I had someone trapped in an inescapable cage of warded blocks. Say also that I had removed their items and armor before transporting them there. They would eventually starve to death though. Could I prevent this by force feeding them in some way?

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Purely hypothetical, of course, right? – SaintWacko May 2 '13 at 21:49
.........right? – SaintWacko May 2 '13 at 21:52
Absolutely right. – fredley May 2 '13 at 21:55
Does Regeneration from a level-four Beacon replenish health faster than hunger depletes it? – SevenSidedDie May 2 '13 at 22:35
@SevenSidedDie: Yeah, I just did the math (see my answer). – gnovice May 2 '13 at 22:41
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You could place a beacon nearby that would give them a regeneration buff. Starvation causes a loss of 1 point every 4 seconds, while a level 1 regeneration buff gives 1 point every 25 ticks (or 1.25 seconds), so you should be able to keep them at full health even when their hunger bar is empty.

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Ideal. Thank you. Also, take care ;-) – fredley May 2 '13 at 22:49
@fredley: For the record, I will be avoiding this hypothetical Minecraft Gitmo you're making. =p – gnovice May 2 '13 at 22:53
Hypothetically making. – fredley May 2 '13 at 22:54

While you can't force feed someone, you could just change the setting to easy so that they can't starve to death, as @ZAD-Man said. You could have a dispenser with splash potions of health every few minutes as to prevent them from dying though. You could put cakes everywhere, but there is nothing that you can do to forcibly feed someone.

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