Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Food Obsession

"...[J]ust as it is natural for gorillas to love leaves, it is natural for people to love funnel cakes."

Elizabeth Kolbert, "Why are we so fat?" The New Yorker, July 20, 2009.

And I thought it was because of the nefarious food-industrial complex and their cheap corn- and soy- based products. It's our evolutionary fate to feed our brains -- and now we can't stop.

Then an economist steps in and "argues that Americans started to put on pounds in the eighties because it made financial sense for them to do so." Bad things to eat got dramatically cheaper. Who could pass up such deals? Price does matter after all.

And then there's "conditional hypereating." "[A]nimals' brains react to sweet, fatty foods that same way that addict's respond to cocaine."

This fat things seems fated. "Collecting the maximum number of calories with the least amount of effort is...the dream of every creature.."

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