We have all heard of the saying ‘You are what you eat’ and science has backed this statement, even as the obesity epidemic in our country is at an all-time high. But there is a reason to why people struggle to control their eating habits, even when they know that eating a Big Mac for lunch every day is a terrible idea. The most common answers to why people like to eat junk or other unhealthy foods are that they are tasty and very convenient.
In this article, we will be discussing why people like to eat unhealthy foods, even when they know that it’s bad for them.
The History Of Fatty Eating
While eating fatty food is looked to be unhealthy in today’s world, it was not the case in the early days. The calories that are concentrated in fat are essential for the body’s need for energy. But this energy is only created when activity or exercise is done to convert the fat and carbohydrates into energy. While the demand for energy has not changed over time, what has changed are our habits and needs. Back in the day, our lives were a lot more physically challenging and exhausting. We no longer have to hunt for our own food, travel long distances for water or fight predators to protect our families.
Instead, we can have our food delivered to us without effort, water is available on tap, and we no longer have to be concerned for our family’s security personally. So, while our habits and actions have changed in the millions of years since the caveman times, our bodies haven’t evolved out of needing or wanting to consume fatty foods.
Did you know that there were people who used to die even after eating rabbit and deer meat every day because there wasn’t enough fat in the lean meat? It’s astonishing how we have changed our ways over time. Salt was also rarely used during cooking until just a few hundred years ago because it was not readily available then. However, nowadays, many meals are chockfull of sodium which causes weight gain.
Food Is Now An Entertaining Way Of Life
These days, you can find food to be everywhere. It’s no longer just a way to satisfy your sustenance but a glamorized and celebrated way of living. Eating out is now an event and has been so commercialized that people find it difficult to believe you if you say that you prefer to eat at home. You can now find more books on food, cooking, and diets in the market than any other type of book.
Technology Has Made Us Complacent Eaters
Modern science and technology have brought us many marvels including the ability to make getting food easy and effortless. We no longer have to hunt or farm for our own. Food is now ready to be delivered to you with just a few taps on your smartphone, making us complacent eaters. What this means is that we now have a wide range of foods that are available, with most if not all foods being highly processed with salt, sugar, and fat. Not only is this very addictive to those who don’t exercise enough, but it has also increased our food consumption.
Before, if you wanted to eat more rice, you have to work harder to plant more in your field. But now, if you want to eat more rice, all you have to do is order more. We have become complacent eaters without considering how to offset our eating habits with activity.
The Addictive Flavor Trifecta Of Fat, Sugar, And Salt
The flavorings of fat, sugar, and salt have been proven to be very addictive to people in various studies published. The food industry is aware of this trifecta and has been making you stuff your face with their foods because of this simple fact. The most prominent example of this is fast food that is densely packed with all three.
The reason the United States has the highest percentage of obesity is that we have all enjoyed the convenience of fast food, with the US having the most number of fast food joints in the world (per person). While having fat, sugar, and salt in your diet is alright in small amounts, it can become addictive if the trifecta is present in concentrated levels. This is especially true of all three are used which can make it difficult to avoid overeating.
Just like how it was mentioned in the previous section, the convenience in our food gathering and the reduction in daily activity has caused us to become unhealthy to a large degree. A few hundred years ago, the concern for people dying was from being malnourished and under eating. But these days, it’s the opposite with very few cases of death by undereating but an astronomical rise in death by overeating. The problem with today’s society is that we have made it easy for ourselves regarding eating but have failed to maintain the required balance with exercise and activity.
We Find It Difficult Not To Overeat
As it was mentioned previously, the flavor trifecta is loaded in our foods, even with the foods that are cooked at home. This is because we now use processed foods for cooking at home instead of natural and organic foods. And even the organic foods and veggies we get in the supermarket have been treated to improve growth, quality, and quantity.
Another reason we find it difficult not to overeat is the food corporations that advertise their foods to make us crave the fatty, sugary and salty foods that they produce. Also, we find it difficult to control our eating because eating to stay alive is part of our genetic makeup.
The Conclusion To Why People Knowingly Eat Unhealthy Foods
The conclusion to this is that people like to eat unhealthy foods like junk food because they like the taste and it appeals to their caveman genes. Unfortunately, we are no longer as active as we used to be when eating fatty foods was a requirement to staying alive. We are now eating ourselves to death because we can’t resist overeating while also finding it difficult to go to the gym to burn off the excess fat that is being collected in our guts.