Why Our Ancestors Were Skinnier Than We Are Now

Let’s face it, we are losing the war on weight. Obesity is on the rise, even in children – or especially in children. Parents, pay attention! Your children depend on you to take care of their diet! But back to the topic: The rate of obesity worldwide has almost doubled since 1980.

The thing is that the problem of obesity can’t possibly be distilled to one factor. There are quite a few, but there is one thing that we know for sure: we people are generally heavier than our ancestors and we find it much more difficult to lose weight than they did.

The Factors for Weight Gain


Human-made chemicals are everywhere, unlike the times of our ancestors. Right know, particles are in our air, food, packaging, water, building materials, and personal care and household products. Science found out that these particles are prone to messing up human physiology. Many of those chemicals are known to cause weight gain and a resistance to weight loss by disrupting the endocrine system.

Most of these particles didn’t exist 100 years ago, which is one thing our ancestors were safe from. They are 100%  modern challenge to human health.


Food emulsifiers, preservatives, coloring, flavoring, and pesticides in or on our food are causing illness, inflammation, and disease. Fruits and veggies no longer taste like they tasted back in the days of our parents and the more a food is processed, the less nutritional value it retains.

And don’t get me started on animals… All those antibiotics and all those horrible things they’re feeding them with… Back in the day they just had normal farms, not slaughterhouses.

Organic is the way to go.

Prescription Drugs

We’re living in a drug culture. A great part of the population is taking at least one drug. These are some of the most commonly-prescribed drugs that are known to cause weight gain:

  • antidepressants
  • antihistamines
  • antihypertensives
  • antipsychotics
  • corticosteroids
  • diabetes drugs
  • antiseizure medications

Our grandparents didn’t rely on pharmaceuticals for their everyday lives.

Gut Microbiome

The modern Western diet is killing our guts. Antibiotics are killing both the harmful and the good bacteria in our guts and we are constantly overusing them – which is leading us to antibiotic resistance, which has resulted in the evolution of these superbugs that are simply too difficult to eradicate.

As we mentioned above, there are also the antibiotics given to the animals we are consuming, so part of those antibiotics find their way to our system via the meat.

There are changes to our metabolism, hormonal imbalance, and systemic inflammation. And those provide the best grounds for obesity.

Chronic Stress

Everyone has stress in their lives; not only is it normal, but it’s also absolutely necessary for survival, especially in these times when people are selfish and they just look after themselves. But the thing is that chronic stress potentiates a whole host of health problems, including weight gain. How many of you have heard of stress eating? It really is a thing. But it wasn’t a thing 100 years ago. There is a very obvious correlation between chronic stress and obesity, often leading to diabetes.