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How the food industry drives us to eat

August 10, 2010

Two out of three American adults–and one out of three children–are overweight or obese. Why?

The answers are everywhere: In the Starbucks Zucchini Walnut Muffin (490 calories), the Turkey Artichoke Panini at Panera (750 calories), the Wild Mushroom and Grilled Chicken Pizza at California Pizza Kitchen (1,300 calories), and the small unbuttered popcorn at Regal Theatres (670 calories).

Yet many people (not to mention the food industry) blame the overweight for eating too much and exercising too little.

“It’s difficult to avoid obesity in a toxic food environment,” says Yale University psychologist Kelly Brownell. “There’s tremendous pressure on people to overeat.” Continue reading..

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