One Big Fat Truth

The most likely reason for our obesity epidemic is the one we don’t want to hear.

RELATED TAGS: PERSONAL HEALTH, OBESITY
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Why are so many of us carrying so much extra baggage? It’s a question that has, ahem, weighed heavily on researchers ever since obesity rates started swelling in the 1980s.

The chunk of the U.S. adult population classified as obese — defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher — has roughly doubled, to more than 38 percent, in the last three decades. The cause, according to the most consistent research results, is relatively simple: overeating.

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