Marvelous new video on obesity

Obesity is not just about calories. That’s clearly explained in this new high-quality UCTV series called “The Skinny on Obesity”.

The first episode features dr Robert Lustig prominently. He’s a rock star of telling it like it is. I’m a huge fan.

The second episode (of seven) will be online April 20. Here’s the trailer.

PS: Consider spreading the video to your friends – more people need to see this.


  1. looking forward to the other parts, they will be online here:
  2. Nads
    What if it is all about sugar? And not carbs? I've recently gone from five months on LCHF, which was great (except unfortunately for no energy and recurrent cold sores) to moderate carbs. And all is good in terms of my appetite control (the reason I did low carb in the first place) and weight maintenance.
  3. Nads
    Oh, and I meant to say, I'm sugar free.
  4. It is all about the carbs, Tissue damage from postprandial glucose spikes occurs because specific cells are not able to resist high blood glucose levels, they have different insulin receptors, and thus have intracellular glucose overload resulting in injury and death. Think of the unique set of complications that occur in the diabetic patient who is not well controlled, blindness, renal failure, neuropathy and premature vascular disease.
    LCHF stops postprandial glucose spikes--this is why it not only induces weight loss but good health!
  5. Alexandra M
    I'm really happy to see this series. Almost 8,000 views already! Though I'm afraid it will be utterly buried by the upcoming HBO documentary, "Weight of a Nation." And the blizzard of bad information in the NY Times continues. These are all just from today's paper:

    Immediately afterward, they watched a series of photos flash onto computer screens. Some depicted low-fat fruits and vegetables or nourishing grains, while others showcased glistening cheeseburgers, ice cream sundaes and cookies.

    Do you think they have some pre-conceived notions about “healthy” food?

    “Responsiveness to food cues was significantly reduced after exercise,” …Those results may not be typical, though. The Cal-Poly subjects uniformly were in their 20s, normal weight and fit enough to ride a bike strenuously for an hour. Many of us are not.

    I think you meant to say “most?”

    And as another provocative new study of brain activity after exercise found, some overweight, sedentary people respond to exercise by revving their food-reward systems, not dampening them.

    What a surprise!

    For exercise noticeably to dampen your desire for food, in other words, you may need to sweat for an hour.

    Or you could just eat real food that satisfies your appetite instead of making you hungrier.

    When Ms. Salisbury baked vegan doughnuts to share with her family, “they said things like, ‘I’m going to go eat some eggs now,’ ” she said. “They were very condescending. They don’t understand and don’t make any effort to understand.”

    Her family sounds smarter than she is. They probably didn’t understand when she started wearing a tinfoil hat to prevent being abducted by aliens either…

    “In most American adults, meat intake has been associated since childhood with pleasurable nutritional effects,” said France Bellisle, an eating behavior researcher in Paris.

    She says that like it’s a bad thing.

    Densely caloric and all too convenient food now envelops us, and many of us do what we’re chromosomally hard-wired to, thanks to millenniums of feast-and-famine cycles. We devour it, creating plump savings accounts of excess energy… “We’re simply not genetically programmed to refuse calories when they’re within arm’s reach,” said Thomas A. Farley, New York City’s health commissioner…He is one of dozens of leading physicians, academicians and public-health experts who appear in “The Weight of the Nation.” ... John Hoffman, an executive producer of the documentary, told me: “Evolutionarily, there was no condition that existed when we were living with too much fat storage. We’ve only known a world of plenty for maybe 100 years. Our biological systems haven’t adapted to it.”

    Utter BS.

    I dread this upcoming HBO “documentary.”

  6. Alexandra M
    "Tissue damage from postprandial glucose spikes..."

    Some of us (like my husband, who rarely gets more than 5 hours of sleep per night) may be doomed anyway:

    "Researchers have found further experimental evidence that inadequate sleep can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes. A five-week study showed that sleep disruption decreases insulin secretion, increases blood glucose levels and slows metabolism enough to lead to significant weight gain."

    I guess it could be worse if we hadn't been doing LCHF for the past ten years.

  7. Lustig is helping to change the way we in the west think about sugars-starches. Yes, there is a spectrum, some people do okay with some low-sugar foods, but many of us simply have to shut off the value in order to get healthy and lose excess weight. I'm am so glad people like Lustig and Taubes are challenging the massive power of the food industry and government.
  8. Maybe it's just me not understanding enough English (doubt it, if I may say so myself) or maybe this is the way the message has to be presented to the Americans (hm...), but the impression I got from this short movie, is that it's the fast food's fault people are obese. They do show a few cereal and cookie packages, but a lot of people it a lot of other junk as well at home. And yet another lot of people think they eat healthy, but it's actually not e.g. drinking orange juice etc.

    I think it would be good to show that too.

  9. Irene

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