Chapter 3

Revolution on our Plates

On the one hand we have runaway obesity keeping doctors awake at night; on the other, wary consumers who've been burned so often they no longer know what they should be eating: we are in a proper stew about our food. But in many countries, this crisis goes hand in hand with a less noticeable phenomenon, still in its early stages. For it is our very way of eating that has profoundly changed, and this change has come about almost unnoticed.

The underlying reason for the new eating habits is that in the US, UK, Germany and similar countries, a nine-to-five working day has become the norm. Employees must therefore go to the staff canteen for their midday meal – if they're lucky enough to have one on the premises ...

Get Globesity now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.