Fundamentally, we have converted a world in which calories were relatively scarce and hard to get and physical activity unavoidable into a world where physical activity is scarce and hard to get and calories are unavoidable.
The Weight of the Nation beautifully encapsulates all the biological, environmental, and economic variables that promoted my own obesity, as well as breaking down the answers and solutions that helped me lose and maintain my weight loss.
We now must act boldly to combat the obesity epidemic. There are many opportunities across the lifespan, but it will require a shift in social norms and an unprecedented social movement for obesity prevention.
Dismissing community design in fighting obesity is irresponsible. In 30 years, the number of overweight children in the U.S has tripled, and there's a direct correlation between the reduction in walking and biking and increased weight.