There is a mountain of information about being overweight or obese. Researchers are finding that there is a genetic component, a viral component, and an environmental component.
Since you can't change your genes, and because the viral component can't be controlled, scientists and sociologists focus on the environmental component.
The food environment has changed drastically since the 1940s. Fast food is everywhere, most food has been engineered, and there are toxins abundantly in food and water supplies. People have ballooned to the extent that people of normal weight are in the minority.
To battle obesity, legislative powers must be set in action. Private industry has made food contain more sugar, more air, and less nutrition. Even fruits and vegetables are engineered to increase sugar contents and to bulk out. The end result is that much of the food is no longer nutrient dense. You can't exactly blame industry. Companies sell what they can make money on and consumers aren't astute enough to make proper choices.
Someday, we can hope that people will realize that a step back may be a step forward. That means that less efficiency and less profits may be worth it for a better way of life. We aren't better off being efficient and obese. Obesity costs hundreds of billions of dollars every year. It is hurting the nation.
LegislationAs a nation, we shouldn't market junk food to children or encourage people to overeat. There is this thing called free speech. The main problem is that only the food companies get out their voice. We can live without fast food, TV dinners, and Sugar Pops. People always argue that we need can't stop bad industries because we need to save jobs. Here's what I say, “Jobs are not so important that it is worth it to kill people and make them fat.”
The main information you need to know about obesity is to stop eating sugar, fast food, and exercise every day. Most people that do this will be in a normal weight range in 3-6 months.