I think there are many factors. Not just one. Here is a bullet point summary.
1. Consumption of sugar increased per person. 2. Portion sizes grew. 3. Giant soft drink cups. 4. The explosive growth of fast food. 5. We became less active. 6. High Fructose Corn Syrup. 7. High use of plastics with hormone disrupting chemicals. 8. Over prescribing of Pharmaceuticals.View Thread
Many times I have said to myself. "This test isn't needed for me. Its needed for the doctor as a CYA for himself. I'm paying money for an unnecessary test to cover the doctor's hind end."
But there can be another motivation. Medicine is private business in the States. Its perfectly normal to up sell in any business. Doesn't matter what product or service is being offered. Could be a used car, a hamburger, or medical tests.
The big difference between selling a hamburger and medical tests-- when buying a burger they ASK YOU if you would like fries with your order. With medical tests your paying for more services, like it or not.View Thread
Downsizing of product is an industry standard. Instead of raising the price, they give you just a little less product. It happens pretty much across the board. No need to single out mars candy bars. Everyone does this.View Thread