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4. Obesity Skyrocketed After the Low-Fat Guidelines Were Published

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4. Obesity Skyrocketed After the Low-Fat Guidelines Were Published


Source: National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. 2009 Mar. Chartbook.
 
Scientists once believed fat, especially saturated fat, to be the main dietary cause of heart disease (although this has since been disproven).
 
This led to the birth of the low-fat diet, which aims to restrict saturated fat. Interestingly, the obesity epidemic started at almost the exact same time the low-fat guidelines first came out, However it does seem likely that putting the emphasis on saturated fat, while giving processed low-fat foods high in sugar a free pass, may have contributed to negative changes in the population's diet.
 
There are also massive long-term studies showing that the low-fat diet does NOT cause weight loss, and does not prevent heart disease or cancer


 
 
 

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