An Unpopular Answer to the Mystery of American Obesity

When discussing Michael Moss’s “Hooked” (Books, March 12), which looks at the rise of obesity in the United States over the past four decades.

Matthew Rees fails to mention a crucial contributing factor: the decline in smoking prevalence over the same time period.

Average American weights went down throughout the 1970s. Between 1980 and 2000, when anti-smoking efforts were at their peak, the average American put on 20 pounds.

An Unpopular Answer to the Mystery of American Obesity

Smoking has been recognised to suppress appetite for ages. Researchers believe that nicotine in particular can curb cravings for sugary, high-calorie treats.

Considering the correlation between smoking and obesity, the current obesity epidemic should come as no surprise.

There are probably a lot of overweight Americans who could have benefited from losing weight if they had taken up smoking.

Unsolved: The U.S.A. Obesity

Even with rigorous daily activity, it is difficult to shed excess weight. Their consumption is the simple part.

Our entire processed food industry is to blame, not just the much-maligned McDonald’s. Global obesity is a modern phenomenon that will persist until we return to the more traditional diets of our forebears.

Exercises such as walking, running, lifting weights, riding bikes, and swimming are all beneficial to health.

However, the only surefire approach to shed extra pounds is to switch to a diet that’s lower in fat and calories.

Take it from me, the man who stopped on the way to the office this morning to pick up a couple of Winchell’s donuts: this is a basic truth that’s surprisingly difficult to embrace.

Americans Eat More Calories Than They Burn

The average American stores the surplus energy they consume as fat because of their dietary habits.

Greg Critser’s book offers a deep dive into what has led to the imbalance in the energy balance equation.

Critser provides an exhaustive analysis of the political, agricultural, industrial, economic, and social forces that have influenced the current obesity epidemic.

Despite its encyclopaedic subject matter, his engaging writing style makes Fat Land a compelling read.

The first step in Critser’s historical timeline of obesity-causing events is a discussion of the causes of the explosion of supersized.

High-calorie fast food portions in the United States. Earl Butz was nominated by Richard Nixon to be his Secretary of Agriculture in 1971.


The body mass index (BMI) is a regularly used scale among researchers to assess obesity (BMI).

To determine a person’s body mass index (BMI), we divide their weight in kilogrammes by the square of their height in metres.

For most people, body mass index (BMI) is a pretty good (although indirect) indication of body fatness, providing a more accurate assessment of obesity than weight alone.