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Odds of Hanging On

Your odds of hanging on are really good, unfortunately. We say "unfortunately" because it means that your success is fortified by the bad eating habits of others. While more Americans are becoming health nuts, many more are getting fatter. If Americans continue on this wide path to fatdom, 80% or so of us will be overweight or obese in the next decade.

There are a number of different factors that contribute to the expanding country. Authors Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin in The Evolution of Obesity explain that our brains still crave highly caloric food, as they did when we first evolved. However, we aren't running around and clubbing our food to death (unless that steak is really rare). We pay people to do that now. In fact, we still desire highly caloric food, yet are unable to burn off the calories. While this theory is just one of the many theories out there, no one is really sure why Americans are gaining so much weight. If you go into this field, you could see your business expand along with your clientele.