Eating Chips, Other Ultra-Processed Foods Sets Off ‘Hunger Hormones,’ Rapid Weight Gain, Study Finds

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More than half of the calories consumed in Americans’ diets are made up ultra-processed foods, packaged or fast foods that contain added sugars, refined carbohydrates, industrial oils and sodium. Research published Thursday in Cell Metabolism links those eating patterns to the obesity epidemic. In other public health news: measles, birthrates, mental health claims, knitting therapy, cancer apps, crowded ERs and cystic fibrosis, as well.