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No Help for Fat People

July 16, 2009

If you’re fat, don’t read this interesting article: XXXL. You will likely conclude that there is no hope and eat a quart of Häagen-Dazs.

Evolution is against you:

This forced [an early human] to obtain more energy-dense foods than his fellow-primates were subsisting on, which put a premium on adding further brain power. The result of this self-reinforcing process was a strong taste for foods that are high in calories and easy to digest; just as it is natural for gorillas to love leaves, it is natural for people to love funnel cakes.

Economics is against you:

Relative to other goods and services, food has got cheaper in the past few decades, and fattening foods, in particular, have become a bargain. Between 1983 and 2005, the real cost of fats and oils declined by sixteen per cent. During the same period, the real cost of soft drinks dropped by more than twenty per cent.

Food companies are against you:

[People] have no idea how much they want to eat or, once they have eaten, how much they’ve consumed. Instead, they rely on external cues, like portion size, to tell them when to stop. The result is that as French-fry bags get bigger, so, too, do French-fry eaters.

If you can’t beat ’em, exploit ’em

via Kottke

One Comment leave one →
  1. July 16, 2009 9:54 am

    I must disagree (to a certain extent) – people can choose to eat fattening food, or they can choose to eat baby carrots. The cheap, fat-FULL food tastes better – but its bad for you. So you actually have to make a conscious effort to NOT be overweight – big surprise. AND…. people could actually get off their duff and exercise. … a concept lost on much of the world today.

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