This NPR story provides a good synopsis of what went wrong decades ago when the U.S. government decided it should get involved in the eating habits of Americans, their efforts ultimately leading to the development of today’s twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes.
This was a classic case of “We’re from the government and we’re here to help” as Sen. George McGovern led a 1970s crusade to get people to eat less fat and more carbohydrates in the mistaken belief that fat was making us fatter and causing heart disease.
This 1954 menu from a Capitol Hill restaurant shows just how much diet (and, as an aside, prices) have changed since then as meat and butter are prominently featured.
Author Gary Taubes is featured in this story and my wife and I are coming up on our three-year anniversary of our low-carb conversion that he prompted in Why We Get Fat.
This should be required reading for anyone wondering why, once they hit age 30, they gain a pound or so a year and find themselves overweight on their way to obese by middle-age.