Jul 02, Eric Farr rated it did not like it To put it generously, I am not the intended audience for a book like this, and I would not normally seek out, let alone read, a diet book. Nonetheless, someone whose opinion and educated intellect I deeply respect recommended the book to me, and so I read it.
Share via Email Billions of dollars go towards subsidising junk foods through farm subsidies. For individuals, deciding what to eat is a jealously guarded privilege, but for economists obesity is not really about people exercising free-market choice.
Instead it is a market failure. The causes of the epidemic are complex, spanning the social sciences to biology and technology. Consider, for example, the shift towards urbanisation and car transport. So how much less food should the car driver eat to compensate?
About one biscuit less a day — a trivial change that only goes to illustrate that few of us really understand the energy needs of our bodies.
In market terms, making a rational choice at the dining table requires people to know how much energy they need and how much they are getting — yet neither of these is known.
As any one who has ever tried to lose weight knows, in these matters talk is cheap and advice is unreliable. At various times sugar, protein, fat, starch, fast food, home cooking and snacks have all been held to be responsible for the obesity epidemic. Sugar warnings have not reduced consumption in England, figures show Read more Back in the s, the dominant theory was that eating fat was responsible for making you obese — and by sating appetite, sugar could help to reduce weight gain.
None of this is supported by any real evidence, but certainly new taxes are always popular with governments. However, consumer choices are being skewed by government actions, such as massive programmes of agricultural support that actually favour fast foods over healthy eating.
Billions of dollars go towards subsidising junk foods, through farm subsidies for producing ingredients such as soya and high-glucose corn syrup.
Obesity affects poor households far more than their richer neighbours — and the cost of eating healthily is a very practical reason why. And, as the US economist Richard McKenzie has pointed out, much of the rise of obesity is precisely a consequence of free-market economics. For example, fast food has become cheaper, in part because of mechanisation and in part because the workers producing it are paid less and less.
At the same time, the economic forces that propelled s women away from the kitchen and into jobs also propelled families towards processed foodstuffs and eating out … or just snacking. When markets go wrong, governments need to step in.
Agricultural support should be switched away from junk foods and towards producing healthy ones. Market corrections, rather than punitive moves aimed at individuals, are the only way to tackle what has become, in economic as well as in social terms, a very real crisis.
Martin Cohen is editor of the Philosopher.Processed foods have become a staple in American diets, and the result has been a nationwide epidemic of obesity-related health issues. In "Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us," Pulitzer. In , 40 percent of all U.S.
students ate competitive foods on a given school day, mostly foods high in calories and low in nutritional value, otherwise known as junk food.
(23) Eating competitive foods has been linked with poorer quality diets and increased risk of obesity in several studies.
A Silent Epidemic with Serious Consequences—What You Need to Know about B12 Deficiency; Why You Should Think Twice About Vegetarian and Vegan Diets. The landmark New York Times best seller that reveals how the explosion of sugar in our diets has created an obesity epidemic, and what we can do to save ourselves.
Robert Lustig is at the forefront of war against sugar — showing us that it's toxic, it's addictive, and it's everywhere because the food companies want it to be.
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Rubin contends . Sarah walked in with a long list of complaints including obesity, fatigue, and muscle pain and had been chronically sick since she was eight.
One look at her junk food diet .