Why We Are Fat

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in Food, Health Care

We overeat. It’s that simple.

Oh, sure, we could probably exercise more and eat more fiber and all that, but, after looking at and studying this issue for years, I’m pretty sure the solution to the American obesity problem is for everyone to eat less.

Unfortunately, that’s not as easy as it sounds – not when you consider that portion sizes have exploded over the last 20 years.

For instance, bagels have ballooned from 140 calories to 350 calories.

The standard turkey sandwich has gone from 320 calories to 820 calories.

And this is true for most of our favorite meals.

Cheap food and the general business belief that more is better has escalated portion sizes to unreasonable levels. Sure, self-control is a big factor, but when the standard cheeseburger has gone from 333 calories to 590 calories, it’s easy to see how a lot of people have become overweight.

Unfortunately, an easy solution does not present itself. Regulating portion size would be insane and the market has already proved bigger is better. So, nutritional education is the only obvious solution – and that is hardly a surefire method.

Still, it’s worth trying.


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2 Responses to “Why We Are Fat”

  1. Chris Says:

    also keep in mind that companies have engineered their foods to hit the addictive parts of the brain that go “MORE MORE MORE”. Just like potato chips, it’s hard to have just one.

  2. Booker Rising Says:

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