Have we crossed peak food?

The New York Times has an article today describing the decrease in food consumption over the past decade.  Here is one primary reference. I used to joke that the obesity epidemic would eventually be curbed by either a huge increase in oil prices or a depression. The great recession of 2008 made be believe that food consumption would come down but the data shows that it may have been dropping earlier and mostly in families with children.  The biggest decrease is in sugar sweetened beverages.

Here’s Kevin’s mention:

The recent calorie reductions appear to be good news, but they, alone, will not be enough to reverse the obesity epidemic. A paper by Kevin Hall, a researcher at the National Institutes of Health, estimated that for Americans to return to the body weights of 1978 by 2020, an average adult would need to reduce calorie consumption by 220 calories a day. The recent reductions represent just a fraction of that change.

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One thought on “Have we crossed peak food?

  1. i definately could lose weight too—go from 155 to 140 tho alot of thisis beer and tea, plus people i know raid my frig when im not looking—only protein i eat is eggs and canned fish—i had to run ern em out lasr nite —told em i will use all my bike tools to break your head

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