Fat. The thing I was subconsciously taught to fear growing up. When it came to food and physical appearance, fat always seemed to be the last word anyone wanted to hear. Not until deep into my 23rd year of life was I finally comfortable with the word "fat."
Stemming from the low-fat and fat-free marketing craze that took off in the 80s, the media has done a fantastic job making people fear fat in all forms. Once America heard fat was bad, people began replacing fats with carbohydrates, specifically refined carbohydrates and those with added sugars. This idea that "fat makes you fat" was exploited by the commercial food industry. Taking advantage of the consumers' negative perception of fat, these companies marketed foods with labels such as "fat-free" and "low-fat." However, these foods are generally packed with sugar to compensate for the lack of flavor that's removed with fat. These sugars are often chemical-based additives that cause a spike in insulin levels and over time lead to serious health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.