Just finished reading an article that was as good an analysis on obesity as I think you’ll find today. The latest issue of Scientific American featured a piece titled, How to Fix the Obesity Crisis, and it does a great job of explaining the multi-factorial complexity of today’s obesity epidemic.
The article discusses the numerous metabolic, genetic and molecular process that might be involved in the mechanism of developing obesity, but it focuses on the behavioral approaches to breaking mental patterns involved in overeating and poor food choices. The history on the obesity epidemic is pretty good, too.
Where I think the article fails is that it still approaches obesity from the same mechanistic thinking that has been unable to figure out the malady to begin with. This sentiment can be summed up by the line,
“Maybe someday biology will provide us with a pill that re-adjusts our metabolism so we burn more calories or resets our built-in cravings so we prefer broccoli to burgers.”
Continuing to hope for a magic bullet that will allow us to live a faulty life style consequence-free is foolish. That IS the problem! I’m going to leave my full assessment for a later time, because I think the article is worth reading. But stay tuned.