Now, more than half of our total calories come from ultra-processed foods, and our ancestors, no matter where they’re from, would not recognize our diet. In the last quarter of the 20th century, the number of calories consumed in snacks nearly doubled. We tend to blame fast-food restaurants for our poor eating habits, but much of what’s now consumed at home is ultra-processed food. The result has been an average weight gain for adults of more than 24 pounds between 1960 and 2002, and an epidemic of chronic disease.
I apologize in advance for breaking the internet with this headline.
We live in an obesogenic world we then invite into our homes.
Instead of seeing that with clarity we resort to ingredient culprits (gluten! dairy! grains!). This is the equivalent of fiddling with deck chairs while the ship is sinking. It’s deeply unnatural to live with the constant suggestion and expectation to eat, to have mostly sugar-laden packaged foods at our disposal, and very few places to freely and regularly move without resorting to a gym.