What Causes Weight Gain

If I ask you what constitutes “bad” eating, the kind that leads to obesity and a variety of connected diseases, you’re likely to answer, “Salt, fat and sugar.” This trilogy of evil has been drilled into us for decades, yet that’s not an adequate answer.

We don’t know everything about the dietary links to chronic disease, but the best-qualified people argue that real food is more likely to promote health and less likely to cause disease than hyperprocessed food. And we can further refine that message: Minimally processed plants should dominate our diets. (This isn’t just me saying this; the Institute of Medicine and the Department of Agriculture agree.)

And yet we’re in the middle of a public health emergency that isn’t being taken seriously enough. We should make it a national priority to create two new programs, a research program to determine precisely what causes diet-related chronic illnesses (on top of the list is “Just how bad is sugar?”), and a program that will get this single, simple message across: Eat Real Food.

Read the rest of this column here.

Posted in Food Politics


  1. Kristin J said...

    I read this article on the NY Times website and enjoyed it. I agree there needs to be some policies enacted to truly battle this obesity problem. Soda tax would be a good start to cut down on the intake of “liquid sugar.”

  2. Debbie said...

    The more people that eat real food the less sickness there will be. Great read.

  3. 张家婷 said...

    Real food is healthier.

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