That’s at least partly the premise of a new lengthy eye-opening article which appears in this weekend’s NY Times magazine, and is out online right now. The following is a key excerpt that immediately jumped off the page at me:
The public and the food companies have known for decades now — or at the very least since this meeting — that sugary, salty, fatty foods are not good for us in the quantities that we consume them. So why are the diabetes and obesity and hypertension numbers still spiraling out of control? It’s not just a matter of poor willpower on the part of the consumer and a give-the-people-what-they-want attitude on the part of the food manufacturers. What I found, over four years of research and reporting, was a conscious effort — taking place in labs and marketing meetings and grocery-store aisles — to get people hooked on foods that are convenient and inexpensive.
So, go read the whole thing right now. You may look at this whole extremely important issue much differently.