"Sorry for any typos or errors, I'm on mobile, but.... Your two primary reasons are wildly incorrect.
As a medical professional, someone who has studied dietetics and nutrition for the past several years, and someone who has worked on the hill to influence medical policy, I can tell you the primary reason for the obesity epidemic in America lies with whoever is making the most money off of it - and that's a lot of fucking people.
Almost 50 years ago, when heart disease was on the rise, doctors and scientists alike sought out to find out why. Their result?
A study with fabricated outcomes, which gave birth to low fat dieting and low fat hysteria. Food companies started replacing fatty ingredients with sugar. Big Corn started producing HFCS to add to these products, and everyone just kept getting bigger.
Poor people are more likely to work labor intensive jobs, but they are also equally as likely to be overweight and obese. How can those two statements coexist when we, as a society, put so much emphasis on calorie expenditure? Because CICO is a flawed science and the true cause of obesity is primary food and not "laziness." Keep that in mind when you're thinking about people who are trying to eat and be healthy.
The influx of sugar in the SAD is toxic, but it's all everyone knows. Now you've got a billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, billion dollar food industry selling "low fat" foods - which (surprise!) cause obesity instead of helping it, Big Corn, Big Dairy, doctors literally getting away with treating people for hypertension and high cholesterol while their patients are still dying of heart disease, and no one thinks...
Let's go back to the drawing board here!
Companies lobby our government to stay relevant. Food companies buy themselves a spot on our food pyramid. The American Heart Association, the one that puts cute little labels on sugary shit cereals, takes money from General Mills, ...
and the public buys into this idea that we, the people, are 100% at fault for the state of our health. It's our fault if we are obese... we must eat shit and not move enough while we are quite literally being sold disease and death.
I'm 5'8" and 125lbs, btw.
Sorry for the rambling and no links."
Saw this on a message board. The back lash against size acceptance has worsened over the years with many insisting on CICO even more as the answer to everyone's problems. We have a class war too where scapegoating fat people is part of the game. They are profiting off us. The whole low fat thing did fatten everyone up. It's hard to break off from Big Food too especially if you are poor. I try to buy organic and other foods as much as possible but that said, I am having to use food pantries and that means some mainstream food, and some carbs. We are being sold disease and death in a sick society.