Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese and 70 pounds of sugar. We ingest double the recommended amount of salt a day, most from processed food. No wonder, then, that 1 in 3 adults, and 1 in 5 kids, is clinically obese. Or that 26 million Americans have diabetes—or that the processed-food industry in the U.S. accounts for $1 trillion a year in sales. It’s all connected, says Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter Michael Moss, author of Salt Sugar Fat, because just as millions of “heavy users” are addicted to these seductive ingredients, so too are the companies that peddle them. From cutting-edge technology used to calculate the “bliss point” of sugary beverages to marketing campaigns designed to redirect concerns about product health risks, Moss reveals in conversation with Grist president and founder Chip Giller how companies use salt, sugar, and fat to addict us— and how we can fight back. Presented as part of the Future of Health thread of the Town Hall Civics series with Grist, an independent nonprofit media organization that shapes the country’s environmental conversations through a monthly audience of 1,500,000 and growing, and Elliott Bay Book Company. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.
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