How We Grew So BIG

Lemonick, Michael D.; Bjerklie, David
June 2004
Time;6/7/2004, Vol. 163 Issue 23, p58
Discusses the reasons why large numbers of Americans are overweight or obese. Statistics on obesity among adults and children; Statistics on the rapid increase in the numbers of overweight people over the past two decades; Details of the health problems associated with obesity, and statistics on the cost of treating obesity-related illnesses; Results of polls of Americans about their attitudes towards weight loss; Discussion of the theory that the tendency among people to overeat may stem from human evolution; Discussion of how the Western lifestyle encourages overeating; Description of the Stone Age diet; Effects of the introduction of meat into the diet; Description of the levels of exercise involved in hunting and gathering; Effects of the introduction of agriculture on human health; Effects of the invention of cars and other machinery on levels of exercise; Effects of the mass production of food on the human diet; Discussion of recent efforts by scientists, policymakers and educators to combat the trend towards obesity; Speculation about whether Americans are starting to slim down; Need for an anti-obesity public health campaign.


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