Everywhere you look these days, there are news stories about how the obesity epidemic is raging out of control in many societies and not just the United States. It is almost as if the world is taking a fat pill and not bothering to stop the mad rush to eat everything in site while spending all day sitting at a desk then all evening sitting in front of a TV.
With so many really usable tips for weight loss published online and freely available to anyone who really goes looking, it seems almost unbelievable that there is anything like an obesity epidemic. Why is weight loss not happening in our society when there is so much freely available information on how to prevent it?
TV Cookery programs and Ads
One of the first places to look has to be the television and in particular the way that food items are aggressively advertised. You don’t see too many ads for fresh carrots or a nice bunch of bananas!
But you do see plenty of ads for the fast food restaurants that serve up junk hamburgers and fries like it was the best thing on earth. You also see plenty of ads for soda and other sweetened, flavored drinks, along with all manner of processed meals and snacks that your friendly local supermarket has in stock at low prices! The ads make people want to go out and buy that stuff and it may come as no real surprise to learn that those ads work and they work very well indeed.
It has become known through trials and tests that much of the constituents of junk or processed foods are in many ways addictive. It may not be the same kind of addiction that a heroine addict suffers, but when you find something that tastes great to you, you are going to want to eat more of it.
There is some evidence to show that some of the additives such as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and others actually trick the brain into wanting to eat more of the food they are in. This sets up a big problem for people who habitually eat junk food as the mainstay of their diet. The food itself causes weight gain, but because they can’t stop eating it, they get fatter and fatter until they are staring at obesity in the mirror.
is there a solution to all of this? Yes there is, but it is not going to happen much before hell freezes over. That’s because the huge industry that is behind all that junk food is not going to take a hike and leave all that money on the table. And a bunch of carrots just ain’t gonna compete with a juicy, fat laden hamburger!