Each year, the aver­age American also consumes 133 pounds of white or wheat flour, which raises blood sugar more than table sugar (sucrose).

When a 12-year-old boy needs a liver transplant after a steady diet of soda and white flour, or when a 2-year-old can’t walk because he is too fat at 50 pounds, we can no longer point to per­sonal respon­si­bil­ity as the solu­tion to our obe­sity epidemic.

What if Kobe Bryant or LeBron James went on national television promoting the benefits of “cocaine water” to increase sports performance? Would you allow heroin dispensers in your kid’s school? Think heroin lollipops or morphine muffins. This is exactly what’s hap­pen­ing in America today.

No one wants to be fat or become a drug addict. No one wants their life destroyed by dis­abil­ity and ill­ness. We have poli­cies and laws that pro­tect peo­ple from alco­hol, tobacco and ille­gal drugs of abuse. Sugar and flour (and too much starchy white pota­toes and white rice) or products containing them appear to be no different. In fact, some animal studies show that sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine.

It is time to stop blaming the fat person. Can we really blame our children if we freely give them drugs of abuse in the school lunch line or as after school snacks? Can we really blame the aver­age over­weight per­son? The nutri­tional land­scape in America is a food carnival.

Kelly Brownell from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has cre­ated a val­i­dated food ques­tion­naire to help you deter­mine if you are a food addict. He recently also pub­lished a text­book, Food and Addiction, that lays out the sci­ence of how our hyper-processed, hyper-palatable, hyper-sweet indus­trial food has hijacked our brain chem­istry and biology.