Sometime in the '60s, while some of us were out riding our bikes, a Japanese scientist figured out how to make high-fructose corn syrup (a sweetener with a much longer shelf life than sugar.) Add that to our big American idea of processing palm oil to a stable, highly saturated, commercial fat and you have a recipe for a boat load of inexpensive, sugar and fat laden convenience snack foods that when packaged, won't spoil until the next ice age. We "supersized" the problem sometime in the '70s when fast food restaurants laughed all the way to the bank with the invention of the "value meal." For example, a single serving of McDonald's french fries in 1960 had 200 calories.Today that number has tripled to 610 calories per super-serving. Sometime in the '90s childhood became a career and with little Timmy at music lessons and sister Suzy going to dance class in the evenings, the relaxed dinner hour with family sitting down to a home cooked meal has gone by the way side. All this running around means more meals eaten on the run and eating on the run usually means eating more calories.