I've tried to read several articles inspired by the British show, "The Men Who Made Us Fat," but i keep bumping up against the title. It reminds me of grade-schoolers who do something naughty, and when caught make the excuse, "It wasn't MY fault -- Johnny made me do it!" The parent/teacher glares at the child and asks, "And just HOW did Johnny 'make' you do it?" ... At least, parents and teachers of my generation did that; GOK what they do these days.
Now, i KNOW the situation isn't analogous. ;-) It just "takes me back," is all....
Nor am i hinting that the parental reply should have been, "Yes, it IS your fault, you little monster." The bit is, pointing the finger of blame doesn't do a damn lot of good in solving the problem. And WHERE should the finger point, anyway?
In trying to find a villain we'll all love to hate, i suspect the writers went for the cheap and easy target. SHAME on vendors who try to sell us stuff! Don't they know they're responsible for every bite/drink we take of their products? (Our wills are as weak and flabby as our bellies, some people seem to think.) Don't they know that it's up to them to make sure we don't get too many calories in one sitting? That it's incumbent upon our restaurant server to make sure we finish our vegetables before they bring round the dessert cart?
No? ... How about this -- they should be held accountable for the human psychology that makes us snap up a perceived bargain? They should be legally responsible for our evolutionary taste for sweets, that they take advantage of? For knowing that pictures of food encourage our appetites?
Or MAYBE ... the dietary advice from MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS has, for half a century, told us to eat the wrong things, things that make us hungry two hours after we finish a meal and mess up our glucose tolerance simultaneously? (Things that -- coincidentally -- make us avidly search for a snack to tide us over till our next meal, which will do the same thing AGAIN.) Told us to forgo satisfying red meat and satiating fat, and instead eat skinned chicken breasts and plenty of pasta ... oh, and don't forget your healthyfruitsandvegetables! If you finish, you can have some low-fat frozen yogurt for dessert -- because you WILL have room for it, i can guarantee that.