Professor Mike Gibney of the new Institute of Food and Health at University College, Dublin thinks it could well be.
He has taken the statistics and turned them around to show that most people are not in fact obese. Why is this? Did they live in a different area, go to different schools or eat different food to their obese counterparts?
Studies on indentical twins have shown that they show huge overlap in their tastes, and also the amounts of food they eat, and the rate at which they eat it.
People aren’t simply choosing food based on income or a lack of education, but on similar choices to other family members, and not simply those they live with.
Professor Gibney also feels that physical exercise is important, and that we need to move our environments to encourage that.
Desks could be arrnage so that users can stand at them for periods of time, instead of being constantly seated, and also there could be communal exercise bikes in offices for example.
If food scientists have been finding so many ways to make more and more profits for food manufacturers at the expense of the consumer, then perhaps it’s time for science to work the other way around, and for the benefit of those that are actually eating the end product.