Why are people overweight? And why does it seem to be getting worse? Why were people naturally thin a few decades ago?
A study from August 27th, 2021 showed that children are becoming overweight as well. Almost half (45.7%) of kids in California are now either overweight or obese.
Here’s a quote from the study:
“Overweight or obesity increased among 5- through 11-year-olds from 36.2% to 45.7% during the pandemic.”
Obviously, there’s been a huge effect on kids’ weight from our response to the virus. Lockdowns, hand sanitizer, masks, lack of social playtime, stress, fear, and staying indoors all play a role (as far as I’d wager.)
I find it both shocking and extremely sad that pretty much half of kids are now either overweight/obese. This fact will likely come with lifelong suffering and health issues that all started when they were too young to understand what was going on.
But even before the pandemic restrictions hit, young kids were still quite overweight. Why?
Food Consumption Changes And Weight Gain
A few years ago, Pew Research looked at how our food consumption changed over the past 40 years.
We’re fatter when we eat *less* of these foods:
- Cane sugar
- Full-fat Ice Cream
And we’re fatter when we eat *more* of these ones:
- Cooking oils (soybean, corn, canola listed)
- Corn sweeteners (high-fructose corn syrup)
- Corn products (?)
Am I advocating that we eat cane sugar? No. But is cane sugar less damaging than high-fructose corn syrup? That’s a very good question.
Today, we’re now eating double the amount of chicken and way less beef.
We’re also eating about 30% more grains in the form of “breads, pastries and other baked goods.” I’m going to make a wild assumption—that 99% of those baked goods are made of white flour. So they’re missing nature’s vitamins and minerals while being spiked with elemental free iron (by the government’s mandates.)
What’s funny is that a lot of what foods to avoid and what foods to eat are covered in our programs to become big, strong, lean, and fit.
It’s why when you lean bulk, you need to pick the right foods to eat more of. It’s not just as simple as playing with calories or adjusting your macros—but also eating the right types of foods and avoiding the wrong types of foods.
It’s the same story when you cut. The right foods will allow you to stay strong in the gym while becoming leaner. The wrong foods will make it harder to burn off fat because your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs. Especially if you’re already feeling unhealthy (or you’re older), there’s a good chance your organ reserves of nutrients (minerals/vitamins) are low—these are needed to mobilize fat and to feel good.
(This is why I’ve seen young, fit people have more leeway with their bulks/cuts, and skinny-fat and older people need to be more disciplined with their choices.)
It’s the same game plan either way.
You need real food to become bigger and stronger.
And you need real food to become leaner and lose the gut.