[QUOTE=Paysan;1000245]One thing no one is touching with a 10 foot pole is epigenetics, or, what your grandmother ate while carrying your parent is affecting you today. I grew fat on breast milk; my Dad was a 14 1/2 lb whopper at birth, but no diabetes in his family. I am built like his mother, an was always compared to her girth, yet our diets were not that similar. But both my dad and I were born during the privations of world wars. I'm sure that counts for something.[/QUOTE]
Epigenetics is an important factor. I've heard it mentioned. But obviously as time goes on, it plays an increasingly important role. Pretty scary.
Processed carbs in general is the Devil lurking behind the obesity epidemy! They may come in the form of white sugar, HFCS, wheat products, or a bag of potato-chips ect and they will make you overeat for some unknown reason...
[QUOTE=Gorbag;1000281]Processed carbs in general is the Devil lurking behind the obesity epidemy! They may come in the form of white sugar, HFCS, wheat products, or a bag of potato-chips ect and they will make you overeat for some unknown reason...[/QUOTE]
I certainly agree these are huge factors. As far as why they make you overeat...
I read that gliadin in wheat binds to opiate receptors inducing increased hunger. Wheat in addition to other refined carbohydrates cause reactive hypoglycemic induced hunger. These foods have less fiber that results in decreased satiety.
I agree that processed carbs, wheat, epigenetics, cheapness of junk food as mentioned above are all factors.
Other factors are sedentary lifestyles, cheap mass entertainment, the dominance of the motor car and all of life's modern conveniences, which have decreased calories out. The muscles are an endocrine organ, and when they're underused, that contributes to a messed up metabolism.