Study blames lifestyle, not diet, for obesity
December 04, 2007
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
WASHINGTON ― The Center for Consumer Freedom has released a new report demonstrating that lifestyle, not diet, is the main cause of obesity.
The release of the C.C.F.’s report coincides with two recent studies appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, both of which support the C.C.F.’s contention that sedentary lifestyles and not food are the real threat to health.
C.C.F.’s report, "Small Choices, Big Bodies: How Countless Daily Decisions Contribute to America’s Burgeoning Waistline," explains how lifestyle shifts over the past several decades have contributed to obesity in America. The report attributes the prevalence of TVs, video and computer games and modern conveniences as well as more women joining the workplace for what has resulted in an epidemic of inactivity.
"Health activists and food police single out ‘junk food’ as the culprit behind our ballooning behinds, but pay little more than lip service to the couch-potato habits that have become the norm in recent years," said Trice Whitefield, a research analyst at the C.C.F. "Blindly pushing a narrow, food-only approach, these activists lobby for highly-restrictive yet ineffective public-health policies including product bans, fast-food zoning restrictions and so-called ‘Twinkie’ taxes.
"These misguided policy initiatives ignore not only the recent changes in American lifestyles, but also personal responsibility. Ultimately, it boils down to this: Every person has the choice to minimize body weight and increase activity, or to maximize comfort and convenience. Choosing wisely, we can have our cake and eat it, too."
The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.