Susan Perry As the ever-growing obesity epidemic has made clear, it’s quite easy these days to put on excess weight — and quite difficult to take it off. Indeed, a stunning 40 percent of American adults — more than 93 million individuals — are obese.The average American now weighs at least 15 pounds more than 20 years ago. Most people who are overweight or obese want to lose their excess body fat but find doing so extremely challenging. The reasons why are complex, and (as has been explained in Second Opinion before) are not always a matter of individuals failing to have enough self-control over the calories they consume.Still, the bottom line is that we Americans are taking in more calories than we did in past decades. The...
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How America's current food environment makes it easy to become obese