The Thrifty Gene Theory Survival of the Fattest

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NutritionFacts .org
NutritionFacts .org
20 Jun 2020

Rather than being some kind of disorder or failure of willpower, weight gain - and obesity - is largely a normal response, by normal people, to an abnormal situation.

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If weight gain is largely a normal response, by normal people, to an abnormal situation, what exactly is that abnormal situation? Calorie-Rich-And-Processed Foods (I’ll let you work out the acronym!). That’s the topic we’ll turn to next.

This is the 3rd in an 11-video series on the history of the obesity epidemic. If you missed the first two, see The Role of Diet vs. Exercise in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-diet-v and The Role of Genes in the Obesity Epidemic (https://nutritionfacts.org/top....ics/the-role-of-gene

There are eight more coming up:
• Cut the Calorie-Rich-And-Processed Foods (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/cut-the-calorie-ri
• The Role of Processed Foods in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-proces
• The Role of Taxpayer Subsidies in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-taxpay
• The Role of Marketing in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-market
• The Role of Food Advertisements in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-food-a
• The Role of Personal Responsibility in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-person
• The Role of Corporate Influence in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-corpor
• The Role of the Toxic Food Environment in the Obesity Epidemic (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/the-role-of-the-to

And if you really want to watch them all now, you can grab a digital download from the webinar I did in January: What Triggered the Obesity Epidemic? (https://drgreger.org/collectio....ns/downloads/product

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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM

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