In 1960 only 1% of males and 2% of females were considered obese. 20 years later that had increased to 6% of males and 8% of females, still a relatively small amount of the population. Fast forward to 2015 and the numbers are shocking. 25% of males and 27% of females are classed as obese.
Just as shocking is the increase in childhood obesity. If you look at the graph below you can see that obesity rates of 12 to 19 year olds was decreasing during the 70's, but then something happened in the early 80's that caused obesity to quintuple. That is 5 times more obesity since the dietary recommendations were brought in!
In 1960 there were an estimated 400,000 diabetics, would you like to guess what that number is now? Over 3 million and it is estimated there are a further 850,00 type II diabetics that have yet to be diagnosed.
Could it just be that we are not following the advice we are given?
Apparently not according to this graph from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Now I don't think the recommendations are the only reason for these results, increase in convenience foods, sugar consumption and reduced activity levels will all have played a part, but the government cannot keep promoting low fat, high carb diets, when all it is doing is making us fatter and sicker.