Why Are We Losing the Obesity Battle?
If sugar and added sweeteners are the culprits, we should be making some strides at curbing obesity based on the data plotted below.
Total Caloric Sweeteners in US in pounds of consumption per capita
Per capita refined sugar consumption in pounds
Source – http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-availability-(per-capita)-data-system/.aspx
If sweeteners aren’t the culprit, what is? The graph below shows where the average person’s calories come from. The increase in fats and oils is due to more companies reporting their production numbers and is not attributed to a sharp increase in consumption but a more accurate representation of where those numbers likely should have been over time.
Meat and flour and grain consumption have leveled off. While we are consuming on average 500 more calories per day than we did in 1970, what we eat may not be the only culprit.
Based on the 2013 Physical Activity Council Report, roughly 33% of Americans are active to a healthy level.
The number of sedentary jobs has increased while the number of physically demanding jobs have decreased. We have not compensated for this by becoming more active in our leisure time.
What do you think? What is the greatest contributing factor to the obesity epidemic in the US? Is there one major contributor or are many factors to blame? What strategy would you take to fight the fight?