I think BunnyKicks hit the nail on the head. People want to blame the high fructose corn syrup or the plastic bottle it's sold in, but the fact is that the size and frequency of the drinks has increased exponentially. In the 60s and 70s, the soda pop was made with cane sugar and sold in glass bottles... And a child might get ONE of those glass bottles of cane sugar in a week, IF their parents were very indulgent. Now you see parents giving six-year-olds a 36-oz soda twice a day!
I live in a place that should have a high child obesity rate according to everything "they" say. It's a food desert (and a literal desert); families here live 80 to 126 miles away from the nearest supermarket. Fresh fruit and veggies are a luxury. It's hard to even get frozen foods home across the desert in good condition most of the year. People eat canned and bottled foods and LOTS of starches. The school district is so small and isolated that they know they'll never get a surprise inspection, so they ignore the state laws about "foods of minimal nutritional value" and go ahead and let the kids bring cupcakes for birthdays, they have ice cream socials when someone in the community borrows a refrigerated truck, they do pizza parties as rewards, etc. Kids can't play outside much because of the heat, and they can't play outside unsupervised at all because there are animal here that could eat them.
I was recently at an event that included every child in the community school district. And you know what? There was not ONE overweight child. Even though these children are exposed to more of everything "they" say is making kids fat, they don't have access to soda or fast food. I think those two things alone make most of the difference.
The "obesity epidemic" is no mystery. Americans today eat an average of more than 300 calories a day more than Americans in the 1970s. And the extra calories come from EVERY category of food. Most of the increase is in fats, not in sugar, but we even eat more fruits and veggies. In fact, the real mystery is why we're not even fatter. The increase in calories should have made more of a difference in the average weight.
The quality of food may have some small influence on why people choose to eat more, and the fact that we also sleep far less than we did 40 years ago probably has a huge effect on that choice, but the increase in obesity is entirely explained by the increase in how much we eat. Argue about why we eat too much, but the fact that we eat too much is just that-- a fact.
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