Obesity In America

Obesity in America is a big health problem that leads to other chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Millions of people always think about food. When the next meal will be, what will be eaten, and is there time for a snack? They think these thoughts not because there is a shortage of food, but because their thoughts revolve around food. Food is a tangible good that is able to create a sense of happiness, fulfillment, and anticipation.

One problem that results from this type of mindset is when people who constantly think about food begin to eat, they lose control. They are enticed by the happiness that comes with the food. Once they begin eating, they cannot seem to stop. This is especially true when the food is appealing or if they are eating the food that was on their mind the whole day.

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They have the mindset that makes them desire to eat the whole day without stopping. If you ask them why do they think that way, they will not know themselves why they are like that.

Sometimes, the foods that they crave most are associated with events from their youth. Family gatherings when they were children. Eating cheesecake when they scored well on their report card. Pizza and movies almost every day of the week. Candy bars and chocolate cookies that they begged their parents for when they were at the store.
Sometimes these people dream about food when they are sleeping.

This obsession with food is harmful to them. Thinking about food causes people to be more distracted and worried about their jobs, which creates more stress in their lives.
Not everybody with this condition gets overweight. Some of them work hard. Consistently going to the gym to exercise and fighting the urge to eat when it arises. However, even in these strong-minded individuals, they cannot stop thinking about food, which causes them to be unhappy and anxious.

Dr. David Kessler MD author of the book “The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite” mentions that the brains of people are wired differently in relation to food.


Most people have been conditioned by the food industries that have given them unhealthy food and cues that activate the reward system of the brain.

These stimulating food are designed to be the focus of the customer’s attention. This is done by promoting desire, anticipation, and momentarily good feelings creating food craving.

The food is affordable, sugary, convenient to buy, fatty, salty, and delicious. The food is also designed to create the feelings of comfort, fun, happiness, sedation, stimulation, and reward.
This kind of food has power over some people. Time seems to stop when they are in front of these foods.

The Weight Gain In America

Certain foods make us want to eat more of the food. In order to lose weight, people are spending billions of dollars on diet plans and supplements and even then, they find that the results are only temporary.

It is not that people that gain weight lack will power. There is a distinctive pattern in overeating. This pattern has no correlation with willpower or self-control.

In the United States, there is not a fear of a food shortage like in the times of the Bible, that pushes some people to overeat. There is plenty of different kinds of foods in the supermarkets including fruits and vegetables.

Katherine Flegal , a senior researcher at the Federal Centers Of Disease Control and Prevention, noticed a trend in the 1980’s. The population had gained weight compared to ten years previous. A problem with this is that the overweight people of the time were the ones that were gaining most of the weight.

Now we know that eating certain foods will not fill our appetite. Certain foods are designed to increase our appetite which makes the body crave more of these foods.

The Reward System and Eating More

Studies in animals have demonstrated that the reward system in the brain is powerful. One of these studies involved animals that were put in the other extreme of the room where the food was. While they were going to get the food by walking across the room, afterward, they would receive an unpleasant shock. This shock stopped them from eating the food across the room even if they were hungry,

The second group of animals was subjected to another study to see how they would react to the stimulation of their brain reward center. The reward center of animals is located in the far-lateral hypothalamus. This part of the brain was stimulated with electrodes after the animals crossed the electrified room to get the food.

After the reward part of the brain was stimulated, the animals did not care about the unpleasant shock to get the food. They kept on going for the food and the reward even though it involved pain from the shock.

The body reward system encourages us to seek pleasurable things like sex and food. This system (through its motivational pathways) is essential to survival. We take action when we anticipate a reward. We feel good even momentarily when we obtain something that we are pursuing.

Once the information is received, we act on it. The emotional response is activated by stimuli in the environment and we behave accordingly.
The reward system, along to the hedonic hunger and the homeostatic system, is activated when we eat, but the reward system is more powerful. In order to lose weight, you have to have a vigilant mindset.

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People that weight more, in most cases (with the exception of teenagers) eat more than people that weigh less. We gain weight when we eat more.

More about what is hunger in this link https://petitegirlsdiet.com/what-is-hunger

Foods That Make Us Eat More

Some foods have the capability to stimulate appetite and make us eat more. These foods contain sugar, fat and/or salt.

Depending on the quantity of sugar, fat, and salt, will usually make the meal taste good. They cause foods to be creamy and palatable and will make us eat more.

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The food industry has exploited this knowledge to create products with the amount of sugar, salt, and fat that will make our body crave more of these foods.

This is the explanation of why you would find sugar as an ingredient in a can of soup.
Our palates (appreciation for taste and flavor) can become saturated with these ingredients. Too much salt, too much sugar or too much fat will make us react and not like the food. However, when the adequate amount of these ingredients are present, it can trigger a spiral of overeating.

This is why it is better to eat natural foods. Foods without too many ingredients. Fruits and vegetables in their natural state or with some good fats and a little salt are good for you.

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When you eat french fries, cookies, canned soups, ice cream, candy, cakes, pies, pizza, bread, and other packed products, you can get the feeling that you have to eat more. Be careful with those foods.

If you can avoid them altogether, it will be better. If you can’t, enjoy them by eating them slowly and pay attention to how much you eat. Be sure to drink water while you are eating these foods.

This is why some restaurants serve bread and butter at the beginning of the meal. The bread has sugar and signals your body to want to eat more.
Pay attention to the feeling of fullness when you eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. When you eat bread and cookies, it is not the same feeling.
Wash the flavor of the cookies or corn ships by drinking water, if not, you will overeat these treats.

If you want to know what else is good to eat to have a healthy weight you can go to the articles https://petitegirlsdiet.com/foods-to-eat and https://petitegirlsdiet.com/diet


Obesity in America is caused by overeating. Overeating is triggered by ingredients inside the food that activates the reward system of the brain. The main ingredients in foods that cause overeating are sugar, salt, and fat mixed together in certain proportion. The food industry uses these ingredients to stimulate eating and encourage consumers to buy their products. It is better to avoid processed foods that have these ingredients and eat the adequate amount of protein and fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts.

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10 thoughts on “Obesity In America

  1. Kayla

    Wow this is some great information. Knowing the science behind what makes us want to eat and how to stop it is very helpful. I plan to bookmark this site and look through all of the information, but I would love to see something on how to buy healthier foods on a budget as well. I haven’t had a huge problem with wait, but sometimes it is easier to buy the junk! lol. Thanks for your informative post and I will definitely take it seriously!

    • Yes, Kayla, sometimes we buy junk food and it tastes good, but fruits, vegetables, and protein are a healthier option, better for us. Thank you for your comment !

  2. Thank you. I had no idea about cancer and it’s relation to overeating. Is there also a marked increase due to lack of money to buy the better foods? A lot of people just cannot afford the best anymore so cut back eating more foods that do not help them but do fill the tummy. Just a thought. Thanks again for being so thorough.

    • A person that overeats and is overweight has more risk of getting cancer. Of course cancer has multiple causes, if we eat healthy and fresh food we can lower the risk of getting cancer. Yes, some processed foods are full of sugar, fat and salt in the right combination, taste good and are very afforable and people that lack money tend to buy this products,but it is better to eat a banana than a cookie and people has to be informed. The food industry should use good ingredients, some of them are doing it, some of them do not care. Thank you for your comment.

  3. I agree 100%, and the fast food industry plays on that. So many families eat nothing but fast food that is bad for you. I have a health issue, and have to stay away from salt. Well pre-packaged foods, canned foods, fast food, any thing like that is loaded with salt. So we eat very healthy. Most everything is cooked fresh, meat and vegetables. Then I keep plenty of fruit on hand for snacking. The only way to stay healthy 🙂

    • Fast food is a big problem, we all want them to use the best ingredients, and food that keeps us healthy, there is some legislation but the change is not fast enough. I am glad to know that you eat healthy food. Like you say, it is the only way to go to stay healthy. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Very interesting article. It’s funny how we create our own downfall through the cycle of eating bad food causes us to eat more causing us health issues which causes us to continue eating bad food and around we go again! Just need to recognise it and take action 🙂

    • This is a cycle that we have to recognize it and be aware of what we eat and why we eat it, sometimes we eat without thinking what we are eating, we are distracted by worries and stress. We have to break the cycle and we can stay healthy. Thank you for your comment.

  5. Andrei

    Wow… thanks for the article. I gained more than 9 kg in the last few months. I also had that urge to eat more and more. I remarked that 2 hours after I ate something I would get hungry again. Thank you for your article, it is an eye opener. What diet would you recommend me?

    • Hi Andrei : Thank you for your comment. We gain weight when we eat a lot processed foods with a lot of sugar, salt and fat, the food industry wants us to buy more of their products. It is better to eat whole, fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts. legumes and cooked healthy proteins, this post explain it better https://petitegirlsdiet.com/detoxify-your-body-and-lose-weight

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