Given that many of us are data-driven folks, I was curious to see if there was data that would show a correlation between grain and sugar consumption and the obesity epidemic in the U.S. Here's what I came up with (1950-2000):
I based off of information on food consumption by the USDA: http://www.usda.gov/factbook/chapter2.pdf
Seems like it may be a good way to get the message to folks, though I realize less exercise may also be a contributing factor. Anyway, are there other charts out there - perhaps one with more data points?
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on December 30, 2011
at 01:34 AM
This nicely states that increase in sugar is to blame for obesity and I love that they absolve animal fats as a contributing factor.
Moreover, taking into consideration the prices of these foods, a moron could see that obesity could EASILY be solved if they made healthy food much more affordable. This clearly gives evidence for that. It's saddening and frustrating.
Here is another great site that states we are eating too much carbs and not enough healthy fats (and even promotes IF!)
But then you've got the bullshit that companies like Imperial Sugar puts out that states sugar doesn't cause obesity. It saddens me that there's not much an individual can do to bring down big barons like sugar and grain industries which are so heavily freakin' subsidized by government. Why do you think they had those "high fructose corn syrup is good in moderation!" commercials to erase the bad rap that everyone was freaking out about that HFCS is bad for you.
Plus there's this graph:
*Edit: and one more thing, from the USDA website, the availability of food (as you also provided in the lbs of food per capita) shows how the government is going in the WRONG direction. "In 2009, each American had available to consume, on average, 54 pounds more commercially grown vegetables than in 1970; 60 pounds more grain products; 19 pounds more fruit; 11 pounds more caloric sweeteners; 36 pounds more poultry, and 4 pounds more fish and shellfish; 21 pounds more cheese; and 25 pounds more added fats and oils. Each American, on average, also had available to consume 26 pounds less red meat, 63 fewer eggs, 10 gallons less coffee, and 11 gallons less milk." Hmm, less meat/eggs and more grain products/sweeteners...Just look at that big chunk they have on the pie chart. Um, WTF.
on March 04, 2014
at 05:42 AM
My comment to your comment became too long and complicated so I combined them into an answer
Why not check out ADA's carb counting strategy instead? Far better proven than modern blog-diets. If you learn to control your weight with specific food avoidance strategy, whether carbs or fat, you set yourself up for failure because you haven't learned how to eat a mixed diet. When you go back to wolfing anything down your obesity comes right back. End @thhq coment,........
Because ADA's carb counting system is not a resounding success for the diabetics & obsese people who I've seen use it. The're still overweight & med / insulin dependent. I'm down 30 lbs for over a year. :)
When I go back to wolfing anything down and my 'obesity' comes right back" , I'll let you know. bMy way of doing paleo includes "mindful eating". I guess we'll just have to disagree.
>>>"specific food avoidance strategy, whether carbs or fat, you set yourself up for failure" !!?? <<<<
no processed foods, no sugar, no juice, no grains, no potatoes, no bread, no pasta, no soy, no crappy fats or oils.<<< sounds like the right kind of "food avoidance" to me
Plus carb counting is WAY too much work... if any seems like a setup for failure, the vision of lifetime of counting carbs is a likely candidate.
I’ll put money, my health and my life on the science & logic based writings of Drs Attia, Ede & Eenfeldt despite the fact that you refer to them as modern blog diets. Read Attia’s work and see if it changes your mind. The data & logic is powerful.
on March 03, 2014
at 05:51 AM
Unfortunately, these plots may show correlation but it's a huge leap from there to causation.