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Rise in Obesity Due to Rise in Health Foods

Ever wonder why we are seeing way more 'health' foods being advertised yet, as a nation, we're still getting more and more obese?

Well a new (and interesting) study from the Journal of Consumer Research explains it as the "American obesity paradox": The parallel rise in obesity rates and the popularity of healthier food. In a series of four studies, the researchers reveal that we over-generalize (and overestimate) "healthy" claims. In fact, consumers chose beverages, side dishes, and desserts containing up to 131% more calories when the main dish was positioned as "healthy".

What does this mean? Well just because Jared lost a million pounds by eating at Subway and only Subway, does not mean that everything sold there falls under the healthy realm -- A 6-inch meatball sub has 580 calories. If you're able, then definitely check out the nutrition information available when you're eating out. And remember, just because you are getting a salad does not necessarily mean that you can also have the super sized coke, large fries and jumbo peanut butter cookie, and still call it a healthy meal.


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