Organic Connections magazine readers responded to a recent poll in which 70 percent of them rejected “eating too much and not exercising enough” as the prime cause of obesity in America, attributing it instead to “eating and drinking refined carbohydrates.”
“This is an interesting result,” commented Organic Connections publisher Ken Whitman. “The food industry is trying to get off the hook by blaming the obesity epidemic on consumers, saying that they eat too much and exercise too little. Of course, it has been the food industry all along that has spent billions in advertising to get all of us to eat more. But our readers feel that the answer is rather about what’s in the food, and they’re holding processed-food manufacturers accountable for the excess refined carbohydrates in their products.