If people would stop listening to USDA regulations and following what "they" think is "healthy eating", lots more people would lose weight.
I take after my dad, in that I'm built like a stick. But just because I look healthy, doesn't mean I am. My dad was an athlete in college, weighed in at 120 back then. Now, he is still a thin frame guy, but has recently shot up in weight, diagnosed type 2, high BP, and 2 heart attacks. All in the last 8 years. He'* only 63.
I did a lot of reading into diets, type 2 (especially since my grandmother on moms side was a type 1, so I'm probably headed there). You would be amazed at the amount of sheer BS that is passed off as a "good" diet. Look up Gary Taubes lectures, or Tom Naughton'* lecture "Big Fat Fiasco" or his movie "Fathead". I've spoken to Tom personally, and he'* a down to earth guy, that knows his stuff. I've learned a lot in the past few months. Its tough to make diet changes, but I don't look at food the same way anymore.
Its all about carbs, and other things that mess up your metabolism. Cut down on carbs, eat more fat and protein. Saturated fat is not bad for you, nor is cholesterol. I've cut out a lot of sugar, refined carbs, and starches, and added in saturated fats. And its tough to follow, but the closer I stick to it, and the more I cut out carbs, the better I feel. I sleep better, aren't as anxious, and I don't have huge mood swings or hunger anymore. I haven't lost weight, but then I haven't gained any either.
Its something to think about. I'm pretty skeptical about radical ideas, but after reading and watching some of the material thats out there debunking the past 40 years of what we were taught as being "healthy", it makes sense.
Here is a link to part 1 of a taping of Tom'* lecture. If you really want to get serious about diet, your health and possibly losing weight, its worth watching the whole series