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It's annoying to see Newsweek, among others, perpetuating the myth that "we're getting heavier every year." American obesity rates have been flat for a decade (admittedly at a high, although not rising, level): http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/17/obesity-rates-stall-but-no-decline/
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This looks like a great article. Falling asleep.. will finish it tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.
 
How ridiculous are these studies? Take a look at a model from the 50's and compare it to a supermodel of today... looks more like we're in the era of anorexia.
 
We are. And we've spent the last decade or so telling every little girl in the US she's fat when she isn't.

People suck.
 
Sorry, I think you've missed the point entirely. Taubes doesn't say that "we're getting heavier every year", he tries to explain a hypothesis, why so many of us are obese - in 2007, he wrote a book about it [1]. His main points are:

- it has nothing to do with calories in vs. calories out (nutrition vs. exercise)
- we would benefit from fewer sugars and fewer refined grains, and starchy vegetables

I'd say: read the book, it's worthwhile ...

[1] Gary Taubes: "Good Calories, Bad Calories"
 
+Thomas Weitzel That may not be the point of his article, but this is the text from Newsweek's press release: "The nation’s most powerful anti-obesity groups are teaming up for a new HBO documentary—but it pushes the same tired advice. In Newsweek, Gary Taubes on the research they're ignoring. The government has spent hundreds of millions telling Americans to exercise more and eat less. But the country is getting heavier every year. "
 
I'm not sure whether anyone could fit anything to that trend which would have the lower bound of a 95% confidence interval declining next year. But technically, the press release is wrong because it has declined in a few of the past 35 years.

This reminds me of how the long delay between changes in income equality and economic growth as described in econ-www.mit.edu/files/753 kept people from thinking that income equality could be good for growth since 1975: www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2011/09/Berg.htm This is not entirely off topic since equalitytrust.org has documented the correlation between high income inequality and high obesity in developed nations. The psychological hypothesis is that income insecurity causes hunger.
 
The article is exactly right, and Dr. Robert Lustig, at UCSF, seems to be the first guy willing to come out and say flat out that 'Sugar is poison." Until that's sunk in to the collective unconscious, nothing will change. See the science here:

Sugar: The Bitter Truth
20:10 Sugar is poison.
1:19:10 Baby Formula - getting kids hooked on sugar early (this will really piss off anyone with an IQ over 60).
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