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Alternative Explanation for Why People Get Fat


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Standard medicine states that obesity is a disease of prosperity -- more wealth means more calories and less work to get them, leading to the current obesity epidemic.  But why, then, are the poorest and most malnourished populations the most likely to be obese?

Taubes offers an alternative explanation -- people don’t get fat because they overeat; they overeat because their fat tissue is accumulating excess fat. And why does fat tissue do this?


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