Obesity rises even as calorie consumption lowers

I was doing some light reading and I came across an article this morning that caught my attention. It discussed the discovery of continued obesity, even though as a population we are eating ‘fewer’ total net calories.

(Reuters) – U.S. adults have been eating steadily fewer calories for almost a decade, despite the continued increase in obesity rates, according to survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Researchers, whose findings appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, analyzed trends since the 1970s and found that among adults, average daily energy intake rose by a total of 314 calories from 1971 to 2003, then fell by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010.

“It’s hard to reconcile what these data show, and what is happening with the prevalence of obesity,” said co-author William Dietz, former CDC director of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, to Reuters Health.

“Seventy-four calorie sis a lot, and as I said before, we would expect to see a measurable impact on obesity.”

(And then the post finished by saying…)

But by now, “people should be losing weight,” Dietz said. The fact that they are not could be bad news

Via Despite obesity rise, U.S. calories trending downwards | Reuters

Once again, I’m no expert, but don’t you think this may have something to do with the QUALITY of the calories we are consuming, not the QUANTITY