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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.


areasontohope areasontohope 10 years
If you have a baked potato with chives, and a yogurt with granola at Wendy's..... it's WAY more unhealthy then you'd think. Look at the health chart on the wall.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 10 years
I EAT TONS AND TONS OF VEGETABLES AT NIGHT with a huge/thick slab of protein: do you think I am going to be obese soon? I also work out for a LONG time in the morning.
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
so true - my roommate's parents have a ton of candy in their home just because it says "fat free" on it - of course they are nothing but sugar and other bad stuff!
Vexedlovely Vexedlovely 10 years
Once people see somethng labled as healthy they think they can eat it, but LOTS OF IT. Just because something is fat free, they still have to make it taste good. And they do that by adding more sugar. Really got to be careful.
ash_marisa ash_marisa 10 years
I am not surprised. A salad loaded with dressing is just as bad a burger. People think "salad" and automatically think healthy, as with other dishes that can be healthy, but also ruined and made awful with fatty extras. Even at healthier dining places, yes, there are more healthy options, but there are also options that are BAD!
misstsapinay misstsapinay 10 years
I'm not surprised at all either...Subway is a healthier alternative to fast food IF you order one of the sandwiches from the "6 Under 6" menu AND order it without cheese and mayo or vinegar and oil. The nutrition guide on the Subway website will help, but you must make note that it doesn't include the extras (i.e. cheese, mayo, etc.). It's just the meat and veggies that they add in there. Interesting, yes.
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
um. "so no these findings don't surprise me."
bizzybee bizzybee 10 years
Keeping a food journal and having to measure portions and count calories was an exercise I always avoided doing. Until a trainer talked me into - only then did I see the truth behind the things I ate, what I thought was healthy, what size a treat should be, what I wasn't getting nutritionally, etc. Most people I talk with do not want to really address the real problems, so now these findings don't surprise me.
lily314 lily314 10 years
A lot of people are just plain delusional when it comes to healthy living. I've definitely met people who think they can drink two or three Slimfast shakes per meal. These are the same people who go back for seconds of "healthy" meals, and who think that because they drink Diet Coke they don't need to exercise, ever.
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