Why are so many people overweight today?

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Why are so many people overweight today?

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In the 40 years I've been helping people lose weight as a professional, things have actually gotten notably worse over time; which I don't take personally. I just think of it as something is going on out there that is not so great for people's health. Many factors come into play when you think about the last 25-30 years. The internet didn't exist 40 years ago. We've become much more sedentary as a culture. When I was growing up in the 50's, the big event was to watch for "The Wizard of Oz" to come on to the television. Right now, you can have a whole social life on your phone and watch movies and so on. There's a radical change in sedentary activity for openers. Food has actually become cheaper over the years. People complain about all sorts of prices, but the reality is food has become quite cheap and the food additives in food dramatically improve the quality of very problematic food. Our food environment has gotten worse from a weight control standpoint, our activity environment has gotten way worse from a weight control standpoint. A third huge factor is misunderstandings. There's a $60 billion industry in the weight control world and it's full of confusions. Even extremely educated, talented people, can't figure out what to do.

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD

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Daniel S. Kirschenbaum, PhD, ABPP, is the President of Wellspring. He was Director of the Eating Disorders Program at Northwestern University Medical School, where he is Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kirschenbaum is a Fellow and Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology in the American Psychological Association and former president of its Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology. Dr. Kirschenbaum has provided invited addresses at many professional conferences world-wide, received numerous grants for research, and published 10 books and 150 journal articles on weight loss, sport psychology, and related topics. His books include: the first book published for professionals on the treatment of pediatric obesity - Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent ObesityWeight Loss Through PersistenceThe Sierras Weight Loss Solution for Teens and Kids (2007); and, The Wellspring Weight Loss Plan. Dr. Kirschenbaum’s research on sport psychology won the top prize for research on the mental game of golf from the World Scientific Congress on Golf (St. Andrews, Scotland) and Golf Magazine; in 2000, the American Council on Exercise and its Board of Directors unanimously endorsed his book, The 9 Truths About Weight Loss, as "the best book ever written for the public on how to lose weight and keep it off."

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