Nothing is ever our fault anymore, right?
(CNN) — Ever gone to the grocery story intending to buy apples and milk and left with a jar of queso dip, a gallon of ice cream and an enormous bag of Halloween candy? Impulse shopping can wreak havoc on your healthy eating plans, but experts say it may not be entirely your fault.
An editorial published in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine blames part of the obesity epidemic on our food environment. Dr. Deborah Cohen and Dr. Susan Babey collaborated to write the article “Candy at the Cash Register – A Risk Factor for Obesity and Chronic Disease.”
“The reality is that food choices are often automatic and made without full conscious awareness,” the authors write. “In many cases they may even be the opposite of what the person deciding would consciously prefer.”
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