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This spring I wrote about this exciting documentary, FED UP. Just from watching the trailer it was clear that this would be something extra. A documentary about the obesity epidemic, of highest quality, that doesn’t just put the blame on a lack of calorie counting and willpower in sick people (something that’s just sickening).
The documentary screened in theaters in the US during the summer and received consistently excellent reviews. It hasn’t shown in Sweden, but a couple of days ago it was released on DVD and finally I had a chance to watch it.
The movie is excellent and goes further than other previous major productions. It completely dismisses the sugar industry’s favorite idea that obesity just depends on calories. Instead, the blame is clearly put on the real culprit: sugar and addictive junk food.
Here’s the movie’s strengths… and its fatal weakness: Continue Reading →
Here’s the movie that the junk food industry fears.
This new American documentary about obesity – FED UP – could stir up the debate when it premiers in four weeks. It’s produced and narrated by Katie Couric, one of the best known American news anchors.
The movie seems to hit home when it comes to the causes of obesity. This by interviewing people who really know their stuff, including several of my heroes: Dr. Robert Lustig, Gary Taubes, Michael Pollan, Dr. David Ludwig and Dr. Mark Hyman. Bill Clinton is in it as well.
Watch the trailer – it’s excellent. Things are on a roll!
What do you think?
The picture above is said to have been taken the other week at Walmart somewhere in the U.S. after the Valentine’s candy went on clearance. Sad.
What the customers are riding? Motorized shopping carts. As the obesity epidemic continues to get worse this could be a fairly common view in the not-so-distant future.
The obesity epidemic is not only affecting the rich world. According to a new report, the number of overweight people in developing countries has quadrupled since 1980. In countries like China, Egypt and Mexico, there are now over a billion people with a weight problem.
The trend is seen worldwide. Here’s the percentage of people with a weight problem in different regions in 1980 (yellow graphs) and 2008 (blue graphs):
Asia looks pretty good if you look at BMI numbers. But in reality things are a lot worse, as people of Asian origin on average are of a smaller build. When they reach overweight, as measured by BMI, they may already suffer from severe health problems, something that is illustrated by China’s ongoing diabetes disaster.
Despite lower BMI numbers, China seems to already have greater problems with weight-related ill health than Western countries do.
A report by a British think tank offers no new ideas on how to solve the problem. Instead, the belief is that the obesity epidemic is caused by eating too little of starchy foods – and too much fat and animal foods. Really? When study after study has proven that such a dietary change on the contrary is the most effective for weight loss?
It’s perhaps not a coincidence that the UK is the fattest country in Europe. When British experts still believe in the outdated low-fat ideas that created the obesity epidemic, then there’s no hope of any help from them. But in the future, they will be questioned if they don’t update themselves… and finally people will stop listening to them. Fortunately there are already quite a few British critics rethinking this.
Einstein’s famous quote says: insanity is doing the same thing – over and over – and expecting a different result. It’s high time to stop the madness. Continue Reading →
It’s high time for a big change in thinking.
Here’s another example of the mess caused by too much sugar and processed carbs:
The number of army soldiers failing the “tape test” for being overweight is exploding. It’s up more than tenfold since 2008. Failing the test even once can halt promotions for years.
The solution for more and more soldiers? Liposuction.
This story was emailed to me by Dan F, who also told me this:
BTW, I’m now 175lbs down with 100 to go since going totally LCHF Aug. 1 2012. Thanks again for all YOUR inspiration!
Apart from the thought-provoking quote in the picture, Einstein also famously said this:
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Both quotes fit perfectly to the new UK strategy to reduce obesity: Cut down on saturated fat in sugar-stuffed candy and junk food.
The problem? This is exactly what people have been trying to do for 30 years, while obesity rates have skyrocketed! So why will the exact same strategy suddenly have the opposite effect?
Here’s why the old fat-phobic advice is bad for your health:
- Saturated fat has little or nothing to do with heart health
- Reducing fat means you’ll likely increase carbohydrates (or stay hungry). Junk carbs – like sugar – in processed foods is the most fattening thing you can eat. It makes you hungrier and makes you want to eat too much.
England is already the most obese nation in Europe. Expecting that this 80’s style fat-phobic campaign will have a different result is simply insane.
Here’s a great new episode called The Secrets of Sugar, from Canada’s investigative program the fifth estate on CBC.
Shownotes: CBC: The Secrets of Sugar
A new study shows that 11.6 percent of Chinese adults have diabetes.
“Diabetes in China has become a catastrophe,” said Paul Zimmet, honorary president of the International Diabetes Federation [...] “The booming economy in China has brought with it a medical problem which could bankrupt the health system. The big question is the capacity in China to deal with a health problem of such magnitude.”
China is already worse off than the US where diabetes prevalence is about 11.3 percent. But it’s just the beginning. This is happening fast as China is modernizing and Chinese people are getting access to unlimited amounts of Western junk food, including sugar and rapidly digested starches.
Chinese people are getting diabetes at much lower weight than Western people. And the study shows more ominous statistics: In addition to the 11.6 percent with diabetes, another 50.1 percent has pre-diabetes.
Among young Chinese adults aged 18-29 about 40 percent has pre-diabetes and are on the verge of getting the disease. Thus one in four young Chinese adults risk a future of diabetes complications like early heart disease, blindness, dialysis and amputations.
This is not a problem for the health system. There’s no antidote to unlimited amounts of the poison causing this epidemic. The problem that needs to be fixed is in the food supply.
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