New Study Claims Junk Food Not Related To Obesity (You & Your Health)

Don’t blame candy, soda and junk food for America’s growing obesity epidemic. That’s what researchers at Cornell University just released in a new food study.

From U.S. News & World Report:

“While these sugary and salt-laden foods may not be good for your health, the scientists found no significant difference in how much of these foods either overweight or normal weight people consumed.

The real problem, according to the researchers: too many Americans eat too much.”

According to lead researcher David Just, co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics, simply cutting out junk food won’t trim our ever-expanding waistlines.

“These are foods that are clearly bad for you, and if you eat too much of them, they will make you fat,” Just said, “but it doesn’t appear to be the main driver that is making people overweight and obese. For 95 percent of the country, there is no relationship between how much fast food and junk food they’re eating and their weight. Because of the bad habits we have, with all our food, just eliminating junk food is not going to do anything.”

The study, released in Obesity Science & Practice, points out how over the last 40 years, Americans have become accustomed to eating about 544 more calories than necessary on a daily basis as shown in the infographic below.


Researchers contend there is no silver bullet to solve obesity.  Their recommendations:

  • Cut back on total food consumption,
  • Develop healthier diets, and
  • Do a better job of exercising.

Of course – this doesn’t mean you should run out and load up on junk food. The bigger point is that it might not be accurate to blame our weight problem on one type of food or beverage.

How do you think we can help Arizonans get on a healthier path and trim the obesity numbers here at home? Let us know your thoughts as we work together toward our goal of making Arizona the Healthiest State in the Nation!


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