Ultimately, the study claims the nation's weight problems are not caused by junk food alone and that it's more complicated than eliminating donuts from your diet.
“This means that diets and health campaigns aimed at reducing and preventing obesity may be off track if they hinge on demonizing specific foods,” said Dr. David Just, co-director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, in a press release. “If we want real change we need to look at the overall diet, and physical activity. Narrowly targeting junk foods is not just ineffective, it may be self-defeating as it distracts from the real underlying causes of obesity.”
This is all to say that depriving yourself of cheese fries and a chocolate bar probably won't have a big impact on your weight, the researchers said. So, uh, who's nominating these guys for the Nobel Prize?
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and is going to celebrate with a dozen donuts wrapped in bacon. Well, at least in his dreams. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.