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US: Nature and Nachos: How fat happens

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Kelly D. Brownell, the director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, explains what make us vulnerable to obesity.   Although there are multiple causes, he says our  environment is mostly to blame:

Genes help determine which individuals within a population might be most vulnerable, but how many people become overweight is determined by external factors.  Stated another way, obesity is caused by toxic food and activity conditions that lead to too many calories consumed and too few expended.

Some environmental factors are food marketing,  food prices and portion sizes.

Read more: Wall Street Journal, 1 May 2010

Published on May 2, 2010 in International news