Did the 1950’s set us up to be obese?

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:

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.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

One Comment:

  1. Hi Doc,
    I found my way here through your comment on the NYT article “Why Lost Pounds Come Back.” My dad, who only had a high school education, was born in 1953 and had similar thoughts. He said that decade was when his family (farmers in rural Oklahoma) stopped depending totally on unprocessed staples and started buying some processed foods at the grocery store.
    -J

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