I was born in 1958. One researcher suggests that a number of things that began in that decade have set us up for obesity since then:
- Less breastfeeding (we’ve written about this often)
- Less weight gain during pregnancy (often due to smoking) – either too little or too much weight gain during pregnancy can set the children up to be obese adults.
- Having kids close together (less nourishment in the womb may mean more obese kids in adult life).
I personally believe that the following factors may be be important:
- Car culture and long commutes
- Physically undemanding jobs
- Cheap high-carb, high fat fast/processed food
We can’t change the past, but we can change what we do going forward. Genetics are important, but our habits more so.