How Did Americans Get So Fat, In Seven Charts

Tyler Durden's picture

Americans are fat. They are so fat very few would even bother to click on a hyperlink in this article explaining how fat they are, so instead we will present an animated chart showing the severity of the US obesity problem over the past 30 years.


Cartoons aside, here are the facts: today two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Half are afflicted with chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure that can often be prevented with better diets, but aren't and as a result debt-funded healthcare costs have exploded, and while this chronic obesity has made pharma companies richer beyond their wildest dreams, it means future US healthcare spending and welfare obligations are unsustainable.

America didn't get this way overnight. The average calories available to the average American increased 25 percent, to more than 2500, between 1970 and 2010, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There was no extra meal added to the day, instead an evolution in the type of foods Americans eat led to steady growth in calories.

Added fats and grains account for a growing share of total caloric intake. These two categories, which include oils and fats in processed foods and flour in cereals and breads, made up about 37 percent of our diet in 1970. By 2010, they were 46 percent—a larger share of the growing pie. One of the main factor: cost; the increasingly more caloric foods become progressively cheaper and more affordable. The result: more of the lower and middle classes gravitated toward it, leading to the epidemic shown above.

Here, courtesy of Bloomberg, are seven charts showing the detail behind America's troubling obesity trend.

First, this is where America's calories come from.

Cheese is replacing milk.

A lot more fat goes into our foods.

Calories from wheat, rice, and corn have increased. This includes refined grains like white bread that provide calories but are stripped of much of the nutrients in whole grains.

There are some indications that Americans are changing their diets to become healthier. For example, we're swapping red meat for chicken.

And though corn syrup boomed since the 1970s, the total amount of sweeteners we eat has declined. That's partly because Americans are drinking less soda.

These positive changes haven't negated the overall increase in calories on our plates. More than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, compared to less than half in the 1970s.

The government's dietary guidelines are simple: "Almost all people in the United States could benefit from shifting choices to better support healthy eating patterns." Right, now if only the government would also subsidize this healthy - which means more expensive - eating. We won't hold our breath: after all the massive pharma lobby would generate far less profits for its clients if US obesity were to sharply decline as a result of someone doing the right thing.

So until something does take place to shock the US out of its fatty momentum, here is Family Guy.

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Wow72's picture

From Article: "two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese"

This probably makes it worse than drug addiction. Thats an incredible stat.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



We are going to the roller rink tonight to burn a few calories.

Daft Punk and quad skates.

Hope to see you there, bitchezzz!!!

random999's picture

I did some labouring this winter. 12h days with hard work. cant really eat too much at that consumption.... 

so maybe the true reason is that we spend 9h at a desk plus 1-2h in a car instead of out on the field and on a bike?

TeamDepends's picture

We think of cheese as enhanced milk. Also, eat as much salt as you want. That it is bad for you is yet another lie.

0b1knob's picture

Yawn.   People in the US once considered "normal" were redefined as overwieght by the WHO.   BMI is also miscalculated by deviding a persons mass by the square of their height (rather than the CUBE of their height) which would be the correct procedure.   As a result any person over 6 feet tall is considered oveweight even if their actual percentage of body fat is normal.   Obesity REALLY took off in the US about 1998.   I wonder why?   From Wikipedia:

In 1998, the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention brought U.S. definitions in line with World Health Organization guidelines, lowering the normal/overweight cut-off from BMI 27.8 to BMI 25. This had the effect of redefining approximately 29 million Americans, previously healthy to overweight

greenskeeper carl's picture

Ha, Im considered "overweight" as well. Im a little over 6'1 and weigh 215. I could defintely lose few pounds, but I spend 5-6 hours per week in the gym, mostly lifting, but I do some cardio as well. These measurements don't take things like frame build into account either, I have very wide shoulders, and pretty large legs, and feel like I am in far better shape than most people, but yes, according to the new BMI standards, I am overweight. I know a guy who is roughly my same height, and actually weighs a little less than me, but has a nice big pot belly, but very narrow shoulders, a thing bird chest, and chicken legs, but according to those standards, he is in "better shape" than I am because he weighs a couple pounds less.


But, personal anecdotes aside, its little surprise. Processed foods that are filled with HFCS and a bunch of other chemicals are the cheapest fod out there. Eating real, organic food is expensive as hell, most people aren't willing. WHo wants to spend an hour + prepping, cooking, and cleaning, when you can just pop some shit in the microwave or oven? Not many americans. You can also thing congress for keeping the sugar tariffs in place year after year, keeping sugar artificially expensive in the US, and making us the only first world country that sweetens everything with HFCS rather than sugar. That doesn't help either.

tmosley's picture

One wonders if it doesn't have more to do with continuing redefinition of "obese".

Well, that and the fact that we have been lied to for decades by the FDA's genocidal food pyramid. Carbs should have been right at the top with sugar, with fats on the bottom. Yes, fat is calorically dense, it is also extremely satisfying and when combined with a low carb intake does not get incorporated into the body as fat, but rather goes out with your urine as ketone bodies.

nink's picture

where is beer on this list

Tom Servo's picture

Exactly Tmosley.  Eat a low carb, high fat, moderate protein diet, and you will lose weight to your "equilibrium weight".  But if you engorge on pizza, breaded chicken and "light" things like salad dressings, you will get fat.


I got handed a gov brochure about what to eat by a dr. that said i should consume 60-65% of my calories in "whole grain foods".  I did the exact opposite and lost weight like a champ...


jaap's picture

Why can't we have pie-charts?


Al Tinfoil's picture

Ah, pie........

Homer Simpson

Skateboarder's picture

I'm making apple pie tomorrow. Can't wait!

Automatic Choke's picture

"Added fats and grains account for a growing share of total caloric intake. These two categories, which include oils and fats in processed foods and flour in cereals and breads, made up about 37 percent of our diet in 1970. By 2010, they were 46 percent—a larger share of the growing pie. ...."


Did somebody say "pie"?     Hmmmmm.....

Xibalba's picture
No more grass-fed cows. All must be Franken beef!  RELEASE: USDA Revokes Grass Fed Label Standard | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Latina Lover's picture

You can always count on the USDA to represent corporate interests over small independent farmers.

On a separate note, I find that a good way to reduce calories and increase domestic happiness is to eat at least one serving of pussy per day.  No calories, lots of fun.

A Nanny Moose's picture

Cuz cowz only eats korn....duh

Good article on the history of Food Pyramid

sober_kiwi's picture

TLDR: low carb FTW!

There are heaps of great comments in here, but if you are new to the topic, your take home topic needs to be about the effect of carbs/sugar on the body. Yes, processed foods, sweeteners and drugs are important topics, but are secondary in importance to your weight.

What matters the most to you, is what you can do about it for yourself. You would be better to first learn how your body works, and what healthy actually is, and THEN go and have a rant about the evil Monsanto etc.

Some of the quality comments on this thread that stood out to me are by tmosly, matermaker, Turin Turambar, general ambivalent also raises a great point about inflammation.


Everyone would do themselves a world of good by understanding the role of insulin within their bodies. Regarding the topic of this article, it is the single key variable what controls wherever you store or burn fat. It doesn’t matter if you are diabetic or super healthy, the more you understand about insulin, the more you can help yourself and others.

The most comprehensive, well researched book I have come across is called the ‘Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Living’.


Insulin resistance and insulin sensitivity are flipsides of the same coin.

Every individual has to some degree a level of insulin resistance (bad). As you embrace any of the low carb / paleo / atkins / ketogenic diets, you are increasing your insulin sensitivity (a good thing).

The common factor between all the fantastic people here posting about cutting back sugar and carbs, is that this will reduce your insulin levels, which (over a long time) will reduce your insulin resistance.

Reduce sugar/carbs => reduce blood glucose spikes => reduce insulin released => reduce insulin resistance => reduce inflammation => reduce long term risk of major chronic diseases (including cancer).

Additionally, running fat as your primary fuel source instead of glucose will basically cut in half the free radicals/reactive oxygen species (ROS) your body produces as part of ATP synthesis (these ROS cause inflammation).

Ive made some big claims there, and I have a plethora of published medical articles to back it up should anyone want more details. This is a massive topic, so I'm starting small. Film at 11.


Fish Gone Bad's picture

+1 It is amazing how people have apparently not put in any time on this subject. The world is suffering from what could best be described as long term insulin poisoning. Phinney and Volek have done a nice job (as described above).  What makes this really really "funny" is people have known since about 1863, when William Banting wrote a booklet called Letter on Corpulence ( where he laid out how his diets and exercise failed, and how getting rid of sugars and starches worked.

The world is awash in low cost sweeteners, starches, and fake food.  Just stop eating it.


zhandax's picture

SK I support your claims to a point.  I find HFCS in food products throughout the market, and refuse to buy them.  But the human body was designed to run on carbs.  Raw carbs.  I have lost 50 pounds in four months eating nothing but sushi.  I was buying short-grain rice in 25-lb bags.  That was in my 30's.  I am currently eating only brown basmati rice and intend to float down toward 180.  I am currently 6'2" and 200lbs and the BMI monkeys think I am overweight. I  have always contended that if you don't want to  be fat, don't eat it and the sushi diet seems to support this, as has all experience since.

Trogdor's picture

I think it's important to find out what works for *you* as there is no "magic diet" out there that is equally effective for everyone. It takes some experimentation and observation to find out what works best for your physiology and activity level. Some people process all vegetarian diets well, some don't do so well on them. Some people have a really hard time with red meat - others - like me - don't. I've tried being a vegetarian (2 years), and it did not work well for me.

I think it's also worth looking at food order and timing. I see a pretty significant difference in how I feel and what cravings I have if I eat all my proteins first, then go on to carbs instead of eating them all mixed up - but then I'm a "protein" type. In regards to controlling insulin, if you can work on eliminating high glycemic index carbs after 3PM, that will help with weight loss/control significantly ... and of course, sugar is poison (my personal vice).

I find that, "Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince, and Dinner like a Pauper" is a pretty good motto.

sober_kiwi's picture


Human cells use ATP as their energy source, and we basically don’t acquire any of this from the food we eat. The mitochondria in our cells produce ATP from ~three separate fuel sources. These are fat (lipids), glucose (carbohydrates inc HFCS), and Ketone bodies (produced in your liver). Our bodies are constantly changing the amount of each fuel source they use - your fuel partitioning is dynamic.

So, for either of us to say that 'the body runs on fat' or 'the body runs on carbs' etc is an oversimplification.

If you look at your total fuel partitioning, your carbohydrate intake can be conceptualised as a line/spectrum.
The higher the % of glucose within your total fuelling, the higher up the spectrum you are, and vice versa for low carb.
Now each person at any given point in their life, will have a point on this spectrum at which they will begin to gain weight if they exceed it. This is because of the elevated amount of insulin that their body produces, which in turn is related to their insulin sensitivity. As your insulin sensitivity changes over time, so to does the amount of carbs you can eat (without hitting your weight gain threshold). This is why some young guys can eat tons of candy and not get fat - they have good insulin senility, which means they don’t need that much insulin to dispose of the excess glucose. The longer one remains on the western diet, the more their insulin resistance increases.

Insulin sensitivity is a function of many, many variables in your body, as a few others here have alluded to. In particular, your epigenetic configuration plays one of the biggest roles.

Regarding your statement "if you don't want to be fat, don't eat it" - I will politely point out that this is one of the most common misconceptions about fat and sugar, and it is 100% wrong. Wherever your waist expands or not is completely decoupled from your fat consumption - it is determined by your insulin level (and insulin resistance).

So, as you point out, it is entirely possible to consume a majority carb diet and not get fat, as indeed raw carbs in particular release glucose slower, and as such do not raise your insulin levels as much as higher GI food.

There are severial parallel discussions/arguments to be made regarding the long, medium and short term health, wellbeing  and energy level benefits of running your fuel partitioning lower down the carb spectrum.

You raise an interesting point regarding sushi and the Japanese diet. Without going into much detail, I will say that the Japanese culture embrace vinegar far more than we do in the west. If anyone wants a weight loss cheat trick, then get stuck into apple cider vinegar. The acetic acid in vinegar binds to FFA2 receptor cells on the Beta cells in your pancreas, which inhibits insulin secretion.

Cheduba's picture

The lipid hypothesis is false!  All the claims on saturated fat being bad for you are a byproduct of Edward Bernaysian style propaganda.  In 1907, candle and soap maker Proctor & Gamble developed the hydrogenation of oils and looked for ways to diversify as electricity was starting to replace candle making.  Crisco was introduced in 1911 as "a healthier alternative to cooking with animal fats and more economical than butter".  P&G also gave away free cookbooks with recipes on how to use Crisco in daily life.  It is the hydrogenated oils and trans-fats that are terrible for you, NOT saturated fats!

The documentary "Fat Head" (was on Netflix at some point at least) fully describes what happened as fast food restaurants used beef tallow, but then switched over to using hydrogenated oils.  The documentary explains how when mass adaptation of using hydrogenated oils began and eventually into the mass produced foods, obesity rates started skyrocketing.  It also mentions the redefinition of obesity by the government as mentioned elsewhere to create a sudden health "crisis" that had to be solved by more government intervention like the terrible food pyramid advising people to load up on carbs from grains and minimize fats (maximizing profits to Monsanto, Cargill, and Big Pharma).

People work themselves absolutely insane over all the conflicting "advice" on food.  Case in point, my mother, who is so obsessed on watching calories that she uses artificial sweeteners, "low fat" everything, even to the point where her objection to a pecan pie is the "high calorie" pecans, not the sugar!

 It's simple people!  If your grandparents wouldn't recognize something as food, don't eat it!  Stick to the outer aisles in a grocery store and a basic rule is to limit total carbs to less than 100 grams per day (if you're just starting out).  Don't fall for the extremely simplified calories in - calories out argument because you end up making terrible choices based on that!  Eat real foods as local as possible and you'll be just fine.

A Nanny Moose's picture

But it's so much easier to pop and insulin pill, than it is to think. Now if we could just start cooking with the right oils.

The whole crusade against fat is a misapplication of A=A, wrapped in a cacauphony of logical fallacies from the Food Industriual Complex. Has anyone here ever consulted a dietition? What was their advice? Who edewkayted them? Who benefits?

glenlloyd's picture

Everything is better fried in bacon grease...or lard

techpriest's picture

I've noticed this as well; you end up eating fewer calories total because you are less hungry an hour or two after a meal.

Socratic Dog's picture

That about sums it up Mosley.

I note the author approves of people moving from that nasty red meat to the more politically correct chicken.  Strong suggestion there that the author doesn't know shit about this topic.  He's a pretty picture collector.

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) tmosley Jan 17, 2016 1:09 AM

"Yes, fat is calorically dense, it is also extremely satisfying and when combined with a low carb intake does not get incorporated into the body as fat, but rather goes out with your urine as ketone bodies."

This is why I eat ice cream for dinner.  Mmmmmmmm...  Healthy and tastes great!

Casey Jones's picture

Seriously? You think that's all it is? A statistical trick? Look the fuck around. These days seeing a person who is not fat is the anomaly. I'm amazed when I look at pictures from the 1950s of just everyday people. There were hardly any fat people. Common sense and observation confirm the 60% stat. "Continuing redefining of obese"? That's rich.

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sidetracksusie (not verified) Casey Jones Jan 17, 2016 2:57 PM

They are comparing everyone to themselves.  People are FAT.  

They think they are normal because they can find clothes that fit, while I had a melt down because the brand of jeans I like to wear, which are not jeans for teenagers or "fashion jeans", were no longer stocked or even produced in size two.  I can't find clothing to fit my almost 16 year old son, because all the TALL sizes are accompanied by X's, as in XXXL.  The racks are full of clothing for FAT people.  I would guess that XXL, XXXL and XXXXL were unheard of in the 1950's.

Corn and wheat make livestock FAT.  Incidentally, corn fattened beef stinks.  Inflammation smells.  People eat corn and wheat and get inflammation.  They also get FAT, whether they choose to look around at others or themselves to see it.



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sidetracksusie (not verified) tmosley Jan 17, 2016 2:46 PM

The food pyramid has definitely caused some of the gain in weight people experience.  That and the medically dangerous low cholesterol diet.  Both of my parents weight skyrocketed and my mother became a type II diabetic when their doctors told them NO BUTTER, CREAM, CHEESE, BACON and to limit RED MEAT AND EGGS TO ONCE A WEEK.

Neither were fat, not by any standard.  In their early seventies they bowled, golfed, did their own yard work and maintenance, traveled.  But their cholesterol numbers frightened the brainless nutrititionists at the VA and local hospitals, and that trumped everything else.  I finally looked at my mom who went from 112 to 215 and told her to pick her poison, cholesterol or diabetes, and she began to eat the way she did before and now weighs 110.  My dad at 6'4" weighed 200 but was all muscle, ballooned up to 230# and lost most of his muscle mass.  A knee replacement got him a stint in a rehab hospital that put him on the Adkins diet and he dropped 40# in a month (much of it fluid).  They then proceeded to feed him beef and cheese and eggs while he worked on building muscle and he topped out at 210.  Until he was remanded to the VA again, who for God only knows why he bothered to follow their deadly prescription of PASTA, RICE AND CRAP and NO FAT.  

In the end, the VA killed him, but he was a good and obedient soldier.

Aside from the crap food choices Americans made, choosing CHEAP shit so they can afford their entertainment (premium phone and TV programming), the evil busibodies of this nation, that Clinton insists "it takes a village of idiots to raise a child", have criminalized normal childhood activiites such as being outside without mommy within three feet.  We walked, ran, bicycled, camped out, rowed my grandfather's boat into the middle of a lake almost daily, built fires and cooked our own lunch.  We had chores that teenagers would cry about now.

I was 6 when I walked to school without adults, just with other kids, and that summer I found my way to the swimming pool.  It took almost an hour of walking to get there, but it was a fun walk because I was with my friends.  No ones mommy had a car to haul our skinny butts anywhere.  By the time I was eight, I was allowed to use a hatchet, forced actually so cut branches off a downed tree, so my uncles and grandfather could cut it up.  We worked in the soybean and corn fields and then we headed off to the lake.  We came home filthy dirty, hungry and tired.  We were skinny and life was good.  We didn't grow up to be FAT.

There was one bottle of Pepsi, split between four of us on Saturday night.  Yes, I lived the cliched poor child's life, rich in experience, and saddened I could not stop the world from continuing to progress to this point.  I see babies with more pop in their bottles than I had in a month.  We pay for their rotten teeth and their obesity.

I eat butter, olive oil, coconut oil, eggs every day, bacon or sausage, and have half a beef in my freezer, 25 farm raised organic chickens, and pork roasts.  My brain requires cholesterol to function.  Heck, I put heavy cream or butter in my coffee.  Lots of vegetables and fruit from our own trees and garden are the basis for our diet.  It's amazing what you can afford at the store when you aren't buying bread, chips, pop.  Despite the claim by the article that soda consumption went down, American's spent 2 billion on produce but 10 billion on soda pop at the grocery store only, not taking into account convenience store purchases. Very few students had concentration problems or fidgeted because we ate a diet that included FAT and we had recess before school, mid morning, after we finished our lunch and mid afternoon.  It was probably 15 minutes at a time, but it was enough.  I guess they spend that time now, cramming for the mandatory testing and learning to be sexually disoriented.

The food pyramid was a pet project and since the Scientific Method was tossed out the window in favor of grant monies, it was implemented with devastating effects.  I'm certainly happy I took a sack lunch everyday of school.  Two peanutbutter sandwiches and Nestle quick for the nasty white milk I hated (pasteurized/homogenized just can't compare to raw).  


matermaker's picture

It's pretty simple... no matter your 'frame and build'.... how much fat do you have on your gut?

flapdoodle's picture

My own theory about obesity is that people end up getting fat because THEY ARE STARVING.

Its not that they don't "eat" enough (they eat too much), the problem is that the food they eat is not considered food by the body.

As a result, the body is constantly craving REAL nutrition, and doesn't get it...

EddieLomax's picture

I do wonder how much truth there is in this, because that is the dilema with going on a diet, cutting down on the energy intake invariably means cutting down on the vitamin and mineral intake too.

But the data presented does show one simple truth, our bodies are very good at extracting energy, and the result of a higher energy intake is increased obesity.  I also note that sugar intake has barely budged since 1970, so why is it a problem now if we ate the same amount then and there was no problem?

Tackle the main problem, too much food intake, whether it is motivated by greed, or an actual hunger for vitamins and minerals that is not being sated by false food is a interesting question, I suspect the answer is that we cannot both feed everyone quality food and have enough to eat.

new game's picture

spot on greenskeeper. the extra cost and tyme to eat healthy is my healthcare premium.

and the savings of balance (prem- xtra food cost)goes into a savings account that is NOT in a bank. some of my savings is "underwater". ha, outside the box and liven better...

TrustbutVerify's picture

Similar situation here...I'm 6'5" (or use to be) and about 195-200, 35 inch waist, work out at a gym in a reasonable manner.  I've seen charts that indicate I'm getting close to being "overweight."  

Though it is true that when I walk the streets (or I'm in WalMart) I wonder what happened to America. 

maxamus's picture

You're not fat, you're just big boned.

Tarzan's picture

And the number one source of Vitamin C for most Americans?

Yep, you guessed it...

French Fries!

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Ascobic acid uptake would be blocked by a high glucose level (from the starch in french fries).

Tarzan's picture

look it up, the potato is our number one source....

bunnyswanson's picture

Joint replacements (knees and hips) is consequence of carrying a heavier burden on skeleton that our joints can bear.  Throw in recreational sporting accidents (sprains,fractures,dislocations) and early arthritis sets in, causing immobility.  I have met a long distance runner when she was 70 - both ankles were collapsed and she had to wear braces on her shoes to walk.

Acarus's picture

Canola oil - Is made from the GM Rape seed plant. It then goes through industrial process, extracted with solvent, washed with deodorizes etc. 
It plasticizes cell membranes and has many other ill health effects. 
But hey it's cheap, that's why the food industry, restaurants use it

bunnyswanson's picture

Yes, plastic is embedding itself in liver parenchyma and causing havoc.  Fatty liver is what they call it or nonalcoholic hepatic steatosis.

Joint injuries have lasting consequences and that is asymmetry which is a symptom of itself, causing agitation in joint, not pain and will throw off the spine, neck shoulders, making walking a challenge (loss of balance and early fatigue-ability).  Surgery is another epidemic.  Anesthesia has an entire list of consequences.  But I believe cells go haywire disturbed and may result in rogue behavior (same with hormone-producing glands, overstimulated).

The doctors are killing us.  Viagra SSRI, etc.  I met a man who had been on pain medication for a decade (Vicodin). 

TBT or not TBT's picture

Inflammation of joints doesn't require injuries or overweight to accumulate joint damage.    Over consumption of omega 6 fatty acids from cheap industrial seed oils, combined with frequent insulin spikes from eating carbohydrates, deliver an oversupply of our cells' most powerful inflammatory compounds.   

BadKiTTy's picture

@Ob1 May be....... but all you have to do is look around you!

Found a picture of my class when I was a kid in the late 60's. One fat kid in the whole lot and he wasnt that fat.  That true today?

tarsubil's picture

NIH and CDC use BMI not because it is a good measure but because it is easy to find by doing chart reviews (which are easier than actual worthwhile science). CrossFit has posted pictures of women with the same BMI ranging from fat slob to olympic athlete. It is easily demonstrated to be a bad measure. But this is all academic. What do we expect in the empire of lies?

Tall Tom's picture

I am 6' 7" and weigh in at 187 lbs.


My lifestyle is sedentary as i have Lyme Disease.


I drink about a gallon of Mountain Dew per day.  I am a sugar addict. (Of course the Babesia coinfection thrives on that...)


I eat lots of cheese. Fatty foods...yeah...i will eat Mexican Food, deep fried, all day long.


The only weight problem that i have is trying to keep it on me and trying to turn it into muscle mass.


It has been this way for as long as I can remember...Even as a kid I was thinner than a rail and hyperactive. I have slowed down considerably since i got infected with that Government Genetically Enhanced Bioweapon, Lyme Disease.




Not all digestive tracts are as efficient at accumulating nutrients from digestion.


Other digestive tracts may be hyperefficient at accumulating nutrients.


For instance I have a difficult time absorbing Vitamin B Complex from my digestive system so I supplement by injection.


I do not drink alcohol, which may also contribute to obesity.


But if you drink alcohol then your digestive tract is probably as inefficient as mine in absorbing the Vitamin B Complex.




In all of the literature which I have read the differences in efficiencies of digestive tracts is never addressed.


Why is that?

FredFlintstone's picture

I agree. There is a big emphasis on calories. I bet gasoline has a lot of calories, but drinking it over mountain dew would not increase your weight gain as your body (besides probaly dying) could not process it. If you chewed on plastic pellets that have a lot of calories, you would not gain anymore weight than if you chewed on ice pellets.

css1971's picture

Chemically, your body cannot turn fat or sugar into muscle mass. These are purely energy. You want muscle mass you have to eat protein.


It very much is.