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Toxic Sugar: Fantastic Video on the Obesity Epidemic!

Is sugar toxic and the cause of the obesity epidemic? Here’s a great new video called Toxic Sugar. It’s a recent segment from the major Australian science program Catalyst, on ABC.

It’s arguably the best 18-minute introduction ever made on the true causes of the obesity epidemic. The program features the #1 enemy of the sugar industry: professor Robert Lustig. Also appearing: science writer Gary Taubes and obesity expert professor Michael Crowley.

See it and then tell your friends. This needs to be seen by a lot of people.

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Kickstart CARB-LOADED!

I want to see this movie. Carb-loaded – A culture dying to eat is about the biggest health disaster in modern history. And they’re interviewing a lot of interesting experts on diet and health – including people like Gary Taubes and professor Tim Noakes.

You can help finish the project and become one of the first to see it:

Kickstart Carb-Loaded

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Coca Cola-Loving Mexico Now Most Obese Nation on Earth

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According to new statistics Mexico is now the most obese major nation on the planet. A few minor island-nations are even worse off, but among bigger countries Mexico now takes the title from the USA.

CBS: Mexico takes title of “most obese” from America

So why did Mexicans get this obese? Perhaps by eating too much junk food (full of processed carbs) and drinking too much soda?

Mexicans drink more Coca Cola than any other nationality, 225 litres (60 gallons) per person per year! Coca Cola is said to be “an essential part of the Mexican people’s diet and can be found even where there is no drinking water” (source).

But surely using Coca Cola instead of drinking water couldn’t possibly have made all these Mexicans obese? After all, Coca Cola is part of the solution to the obesity epidemic. Their commercials say so all the time and they even educate dietitians about it.

No, the problem has to be something else.

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The Perfect Crime

Sometimes, marketing enables a pickpocket to steal a wallet–and be thanked for it…

Last year, just one of the big fast food companies made more than $1,300,000,000 in profit (billion with a ‘b’). They’ve also paid their CEO nearly $200 million in salary in the last five years. Sometimes, a big profit is the sign that you’re doing something right, creating real value for people able to pay. Sometimes, though, it means you’re exploiting a weakness in the system.

Seth Godin’s blog: The perfect crime

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Obesity is Like Drowning

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This is a great post by David Katz, MD. He says that obesity is “much more like drowning than a disease”:

Huffington Post: Obesity as a Disease: Why I Vote No

My only problem with his view is the obvious one. He blames surplus calories, but that’s not a problem unless we want to eat too much. Unless our appetite regulation does not work.

Get rid of all refined sugar and starch and most obese people can eat all they want and still lose excess weight. It’s been demonstrated in study after study. The trick? They no longer want to eat too much.

The problem is that our entire food supply is full of sugar and starch – it’s hard to find a processed food item without it – and it’s making us too hungry. Unless we cook our own meals from real food ingredients it’s getting harder and harder to avoid it.

It’s like a giant flood, everywhere. No wonder people are drowning.

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Coca Cola Blames Chairs, Assumes You are Stupid

Did you think drinking sugar all day was bad for your weight? Silly you. The obesity epidemic is caused by chairs. Yes, really. At least that’s what Coca Cola wants you to believe.

Of course, chairs have been around for a long time. People even used chairs before the 1980’s – when the modern obesity epidemic began. But The Coca-Cola Company assumes that you don’t know that. They assume that you are stupid.

What do you think about their ad campaign?

PS

As an added irony they even sell Coca-Cola chairs (as pointed out by Yoni Freedhoff).

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The Darkest Secrets of the Food Industry

Do you want to know the darkest secrets of the food industry? Read the great new book Salt Sugar Fat, like I’m doing right now.

The author, Pulitzer prize-winner Michael Moss, was just on the Daily Show. Watch it above.

A short comment on the book: While it’s mostly great it’s also partly stuck in the failed dogma of yesterday. Natural saturated fat is still a villain. The main solution? FRUITANDVEGETABLES. Yawn. But if you ignore that the book is absolutely fascinating. Mostly for the insights we get into the minds of the people running the processed food industry.

Highly recommended: Salt Sugar Fat – How the Food Giants Hooked Us.

More: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

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The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

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Here’s a great new article on how junk food is engineered to be addictive:

NYT: The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food

It’s perhaps nothing really new and the journalist is still stuck in old-fashioned failed ideas (sugar, salt and fat are equally bad). But the article gives great insights into the minds of the men running the junk food industry. Like this quote:

People could point to these things and say, ‘They’ve got too much sugar, they’ve got too much salt,’ ” Bible said. “Well, that’s what the consumer wants, and we’re not putting a gun to their head to eat it. That’s what they want. If we give them less, they’ll buy less, and the competitor will get our market. So you’re sort of trapped.”

You see the problem? Any junk food company trying to focus on healthy food (instead of focusing on making the junk food ever more addictive) risks being quickly eliminated. Any executive trying to do what’s right (and make less money) will likely be fired.

So what happens if the industry is left unregulated? It turns into a rapid evolution towards ever more addictive and ever less healthy junk food. It’s what’s been happening for a long time.

Here’s how a former Coca Cola executive was secretly thinking about expanding his market and making more money:

Dunn said. “How many drinkers do I have? And how many drinks do they drink? If you lost one of those heavy users, if somebody just decided to stop drinking Coke, how many drinkers would you have to get, at low velocity, to make up for that heavy user? The answer is a lot. It’s more efficient to get my existing users to drink more.”

I imagine that’s not too different from how any drug dealer thinks.

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The Cause of Morbid Childhood Obesity

Why do some kids get really obese? What’s the most common cause? Watch the first three minutes of this documentary and you’ll see an extreme example.

It’s hardly a lack of physical activity. It’s an addiction to processed high-carb junk food. The stuff that skyrockets your fat-storing hormone insulin.

We don’t let our kids get addicted to alcohol. We don’t let them become addicted to smoking. Perhaps we should be equally cautious when it comes to soda and high-carb junk food.

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Swedes Consuming Low-Fat Dairy Products Gain More Weight!

What people who gain weight choose

The choice of people who later get fat

A newly published Swedish study has examined what Swedes eat and what happens to their weight. In the 90’s a few thousand middle aged men in rural Sweden participated in a baseline survey on their eating habits, and were followed up 12 years later in a study on how their weight had changed.

The results? People with a fear of fat (avoiding butter and drinking low-fat milk etc.) had a clearly increased risk of being obese twelve years later.

On the other hand, those who consumed a lot of saturated dairy fat (butter, whole milk and heavy whipping cream) were significantly more likely to remain thin twelve years later.

As always, correlation does not prove causation, so this study should be taken with a grain of salt. However, Swedes following the failed low-fat guidelines, consuming low-fat products like low-fat milk and low-fat margarine, were more likely to become overweight. Possibly because they were left hungrier and ate more of other, worse things.

Is anyone surprised?

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The result of this study is of course predicted by Eenfeldt’s law.

The study

Holmberg S, et al. High dairy fat intake related to less central obesity: A male cohort study with 12 year’s follow-up. Scand J Prim Health Care. 2013 Jan 15. [Epub ahead of print]

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