Outside forces affect what we eat, how much exercise we get

January 3, 2012
by Marni Jameson
Orlando Sentinel

Beyond what we eat, what we're born with and what we do, our environment contributes in major — and mostly unnoticed — ways to our health and our weight.

All have conspired to make two-thirds of adult Americans and one-third of American youths overweight.

As this four-part series has revealed, the reasons Americans are fat and getting fatter are complex. The answer is not simply that too many Americans eat too much and exercise too little. "That's like saying the room is crowded because it has too many people," says science writer Gary Taubes, author of "Why We Get Fat?"

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