Food, glorious food . . . just not so much of it

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By Richard P. Holm MD

Food. So much of our lives rotate around it. Think of food channels and commercials, cookbooks, the grocery store, tailgating parties, the holiday season, breaks at work, lunch meetings, and fast-food on every corner . . . there are super-sized meals at every turn. We are people who like to eat; but why are we so hungry?

For purposes of survival, Mother Nature has set our appetites to want about 40% more food than we need. We are made to be able to store energy in fat so that during times of starvation we can stay alive. Now, however, in this country and in this century, it's not a time of starvation. In fact, it's a time of too much convenience and too much calorie-laden food.

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