Government overreach almost always succeeds in making existing problems worse — or, perhaps even creating them. Considering that black American families once had lower single-parenthood rates than whites, this phenomenon can’t be underestimated.
So yes, the idea that the federal government is responsible for making Americans fat is more believable than it should be.
Why have obesity rates increased as regulations on food did the same? Is there causation to be found, or only coincidence? If you take a look at what the government has done since 1977 to combat heart disease and obesity, the answer becomes more clear.
Since 1977, almost all of the dietary standards that the US governments has put out have focused on reducing the intake of saturated fats. What they haven’t focused on, though, is reducing sugar and calory intake. This has lead to a deep misunderstanding among many Americans about what it actually means to eat healthy – a misunderstanding that food companies have taken advantage of.
Here’s PragerU on how the government made us all fat.