The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

8. Food Availability
Another factor that dramatically influences people’s waistline is food availability, which has increased massively in the past few centuries.

Food, especially junk food, is everywhere now. Shops display tempting foods where they are most likely to gain your attention.

Another problem is that junk food is often cheaper than healthy, whole foods, especially in America.

Some people, especially in poorer neighborhoods, don’t even have the option of purchasing real foods, like fresh fruit and vegetables.

Convenience stores in these areas only sell sodas, candy and processed, packaged junk foods.

How can it be a matter of choice if there is none?

SUMMARY
In some areas, finding fresh, whole foods may be difficult or expensive, leaving people no choice but to buy unhealthy junk foods.
9. Sugar
Added sugar may be the single worst aspect of the modern diet.

That’s because sugar changes the hormones and biochemistry of your body when consumed in excess. This, in turn, contributes to weight gain.

Added sugar is half glucose, half fructose. People get glucose from a variety of foods, including starches, but the majority of fructose comes from added sugar.

Excess fructose intake may cause insulin resistance and elevated insulin levels. It also doesn’t promote satiety in the same way glucose does (17Trusted Source, 18Trusted Source, 19Trusted Source).

For all these reasons, sugar contributes to increased energy storage and, ultimately, obesity.

SUMMARY
Scientists believe that excessive sugar intake may be one of the main causes of obesity.
10. Misinformation
People all over the world are being misinformed about health and nutrition.

There are many reasons for this, but the problem largely depends on where people get their information from.

Many websites, for example, spread inaccurate or even incorrect information about health and nutrition.

Some news outlets also oversimplify or misinterpret the results of scientific studies and the results are frequently taken out of context.

Other information may simply be outdated or based on theories that have never been fully proven.

Food companies also play a role. Some promote products, such as weight loss supplements, that do not work.

Weight loss strategies based on false information can hold back your progress. It’s important to choose your sources well.

SUMMARY
Misinformation may contribute to weight gain in some people. It can also make weight loss more difficult.
The Bottom Line
If you have concerns about your waistline, you should not use this article as an excuse to give up.

While you can’t fully control the way your body works, you can learn how to control your eating habits and change your lifestyle.

Unless there is some medical condition getting in your way, it is within your power to control your weight.

It often takes hard work and a drastic lifestyle change, but many people do succeed in the long run despite having the odds stacked against them.

The point of this article is to open people’s minds to the fact that something other than individual responsibility plays a role in the obesity epidemic.

The fact is that modern eating habits and food culture must be changed to be able to reverse this problem on a global scale.

The idea that it is all caused by a lack of willpower is exactly what food producers want you to believe, so they can continue their marketing in peace.

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