Of course the effect of soda drinking on heart disease is still mainly based on statistical data, so there’s a lot of uncertainty to the size of the effect. But anything that leads to obesity and diabetes likely increases the risk of heart disease too, so it makes perfect sense.
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A new study used a smartphone app to track the eating of normal non-dieting Americans. The findings are pretty scary.
Most people eat during more than 15 hours per day, fasting less than 9 hours over night. And it’s not uncommon for people to eat more than 15 times per day. In fact, even the 10 percent of people who eat the fewest number of times per day averaged 4.22 eating events per day.
What happened to eating 3 times per day? In fact, apart from eating highly processed high-carb foods, constant eating may be the most effective way to get fat.
This should bring you back to eating 3 times per day, perhaps even less. And you’re pretty much guaranteed to lose excess weight without hunger and with no need for extra exercise.
Rising obesity levels in Europe could shorten the life expectancy of a generation:
Looking at the nice graphic above I can’t help but notice that my country Sweden is now one of the thinnest countries in Europe. This after more than five years when LCHF diets have been the most popular weight loss method around. The latest numbers – from earlier this year – even hint that the obesity epidemic could already be broken in Sweden:
The CDC just released new statistics over the American obesity epidemic, up to 2014. The result? It keeps getting worse.
Five states moved to a higher category compared to 2013, none moved in the other direction. Compared to the 80’s it’s a brand new world – and not in a good way.
The simplistic “eat less, move more” message is still not working. Nor is sudden unexplained gluttony or laziness the cause of the epidemic.
Obesity and type 2 diabetes are rampant epidemics among the aboriginal communities of Canada. And it all started as they began eating a modern Western diet, full of refined carbohydrates.
This disaster is usually blamed on sedentary lifestyles and “eating too much”. An energy imbalance, as Coca Cola’s staff of propagandists would have you believe.
However, what would happen if an entire town of First Nation people went back to eating the way they used to? A high-fat low-carb diet based on real food? With no exercise or calorie counting program whatsoever?
This is what the Canadian doctor Jay Wortman and a documentary team decided to find out, in the delightful and enlightening movie My Big Fat Diet.
Guess what happened…
Check out the trailer above. The full movie – one of my all-time low-carb favorites – is available on the Diet Doctor membership site (free trial one month) with many other movies, video courses, presentations, interviews, etc.
The number of obese U.S. adults rose to a new record high of 27.7% in 2014, according to Gallup. They rely on self-reported weight, which means that the reality is probably even worse.
Americans have quite a challenge to turn this around. Having just spent some time in the U.S. myself it’s clear that the food environment is simply awful. Plenty of bad (and high-carb) choices available anywhere at any time, while it’s much more of a challenge to find good options.
As a contrast, in Sweden, where LCHF diets have been massively popular during the last seven years, the obesity rate has stopped increasing and may even be going down. Hopefully we can spread some of that magic around the world.
Does butter, meat and cheese belong in a healthy diet? And if so, how come we’ve been told the opposite for decades?
Here’s my recent interview with NYT bestselling author Nina Teicholz. Her book “The Big Fat Surprise” was called one of the best books of last year by publications like The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.
It’s a fascinating story. You can watch the first six minutes of our interview above.
Full Interview and More
If you want to watch the full longer interview – and a follow-up interview on the unintended and unfortunate dangers of new vegetable oils – they’re available on the membership site (free trial one month).
How can we improve the health of billions of people? What are the problems standing in the way?
Here’s a great new five-minute presentation from the UK cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra. A brave man as usual, not afraid to tell some uncomfortable truths.
Yesterday saw some frightening headlines about obesity being about to “explode” in Europe.
- BT: Europe is heading towards an unprecedented obesity explosion by 2030
- Newsweek: Europe facing growing obesity crisis: WHO
The headlines are based on a new WHO report on the spread of obesity in Europe. Sweden – my country – is among the leanest of European countries today, with 14 percent of the population classified as “obese”. But the report predicts a major increase in obesity over the next two decades, to 26 percent.
The big problem is that the report is apparently based on the situation in 2010 (five years ago!!) for the prognosis. Perhaps this is because it’s difficult to find reliable newer statistics for all European countries.
However, something seems to have happened in Sweden in the last five years. Look at the numbers in the graph above, the blue line is from official Swedish statistics, the red line is the WHO projection from the 2010 numbers.
Something seems to have happened. As if by pure coincidence the obesity epidemic took off in Sweden by the end of the 80s, with the fear of fat. Our national low-fat labeling was adopted in 1989 and seems to mark the beginning of the obesity epidemic.
In recent years, as butter sales have broken records and LCHF has been by far the most popular weight loss method that Swedes have turned to – since then the obesity epidemic has slowed down. For the last two years the numbers are actually going down.
We can’t say anything certain about the cause of these figures. But it’s clear that WHO’s prognosis is already outdated when it comes to developments in Sweden. Something has happened in the last five years.
It will be exciting to see what the future holds. Will Sweden be the first country to reverse the obesity epidemic? If so, who will follow?
The fantastic Dr. Aseem Malhotra was on Australia’s Lateline show recently. He keeps up the brave fight against the disinformation from Big Sugar about “balanced diets” and exercise. There is zero need for added sugar in a balanced diet.
Dr. Malhotra may soon take the title of Big Sugar’s enemy #1 from Professor Robert Lustig.
At the same time, Dr. Malhotra’s recent paper – the one saying that “you cannot outrun a bad diet” – that started his publicity tour seems to have been censored. It’s “temporarily removed following an expression of concern”.
I wonder who is “concerned”. Who could possibly be concerned about telling people the truth about the dangers of junk food?