Why do we like unhealthy food so much?

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Couldn’t our biological organisms just prefer the healthy food? It would give us larger chance of survival so genes preferring healthy food should be more popular.

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The human race has spent generations not dying. The way you do this if food is scarce is to eat as much high energy density food as you can. Thats fats, carbs (sugar), and proteins. Doing so maximizes the likelihood that you dont starve to death, and the likelihood that you can chase to exhaustion the next thing to eat.

This works great when you are running the equivalent of a half marathon every day to find the food, but when you have to schedule exercise into your day and can just drive down to the local Wendie’s to get all the carb loaded fatty proteins you want, it tends to make fat people. Your body’s response to being fat is “Woohoo! We are Fat! This is good! We are doing things right! We wont starve this winter!!!” and through much of human history a Fat Body has been seen as the pinnacle of beauty.

It just also happens to cause health problems later in life AFTER the peek reproductive years (when evolutionarily it doesnt matter)

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