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  1. Laura
    This is good! Perhaps a little too much of the Lustig school of thought but yes this hits the spot better than many things I have read in teh press in a long while. The author has certainly read Gary Taubes. I am currently reading Dr Kessler's book The end of overeating (how topical of me) which I recommend to all addicts of modern hyperpalatable foods! Lustig is right when he sayd that nature never devices food combinations that includes such levels of sugar starches fat and sal all at the same time and texture. This hyperstimulation is what makes us want more and the sugar well we know it is addictive.
    THe addictive character of fructose and alcohol is by design of nature. Animal addicted to fructose will seek out fruits the seed carriers and help spread a plant's future generation. What nature had not deisgned is the sheer concentration of such sugars and their combination and complexity that we have created and clearly enjoy! think Ben&Jerry ice cream....
    Yet again we are reminded that we are but animals hard wired to respond to hyper stimuli. This has been known for at least 100 years now but the food inudustry has more recently been exploiting this to the max and now play ignoramus!!! Typical!
  2. SharonV
    This is one of the best articles on obesity that I have seen so far. The last paragraph has my attention though.

    "Eventually, the point will be reached when the cost to the NHS of obesity, which is now £5bn a year, outweighs the revenue from the UK snacks and confectionery market, which is currently approximately £8bn a year. Then the solution to obesity will become very simple."

    The problem is, the profits from obestity are not just from selling snacks and confectionary.

    "The industry is tied into a complex matrix of other interests: drugs, chemicals, even dieting products. The panoply of satellite industries that make money from obesity means the food industry's relationship to obesity is an incredibly complex one."

    In my mind ths means we can't count on the industry to help fight unless we can convince them that there is more profit in selling something else. And maybe turn the wheat, corn, and sugar into biofuel.

  3. That's a great article, thanks Andreas.
  4. Murray B
    Good article. One quibble. Corn subsidization did not begin in 1971. Subsidies go back to the 1890s in response to a food shortage. This lead to surplus corn, which lead to surplus bourbon, which lead to rampant alcoholism that resulted in prohibition, which lead to corn-fed livestock and an obesity epidemic among cattle, which continues today with the exception of some svelte grass fed herds. The corn-sugar story also goes hand in glove with the low-fat fad, propelled by the McGovern committee in the 1970s. And then there is the hybridization of high-yield dwarf wheat over the past 50 years.

    There is more than one thread to the tapestry that chronicles the tale of the obesity epidemic.

  5. sophie
    This article made me happy. I am spending a few weeks with my grandmother and mother, and my high fat consumption is under constant attack, even from my mother who is a diabetic and overweight!
    The results are starting to show, as i am eating no sugar whatsoever, no bread, no fruit (except berries), no rice, no flour, etc. they eat almost no fat, but enormous amounts of sugar, and they keep judging me.
    So reading the article made me stronger in my LCHF convictions.
  6. Teresa
    Thank you so much for providing. I was unaware of the HCFS history. It was such a great article I could not stop reading it.
  7. bill
    In English the word "fat" can mean overweight and also what we call the substance we eat.

    What are the words for these two things in Swedish? Google doesn't help.

    Could it be that fear of fat is partly because of this language connection? How is it in other languages?

  8. Tia
    @ bill:
    In German language it is all the same: das Fett!
  9. Bill #7
    In swedish the world for beeing fat is "fet" and then you are suffering from "fetma" (obesity) but a good tasting cheese is also "fet" (fat). The fat you find in food is "fett" (fat) and then the product is "fet". The swedish word "fett" kan also be used to discribe what is on your belly. So we have about the same situation in swedish as in english!

    But the funny thing I learned last year was that the swedish word "fet" acctually ment something else in Sweden a few centuries ago regarding descriptions of humans. "Fet" actually meant muscular or heavy built.

    I learned this at a visit to the Falu copper mine who has a fantatstic story to tell about a guy called "Fet-Mats Israelsson" (Fat-Mats Israelsson) who was not fat at all but muscular who died in the mine 1677 and was found 42 years later perfectly preseved by the vitriol containing water in the mine, to the extent that the guys who found him was 100 % sure it must have been a recent accident. I am getting OT here but he was identified by his former fiancee, now about 60 + who made a formal quest to the mine company to reclaim the the body in order to give him a decent, christian burriel but the company board had alredy decided the body was to be exhibited in the name of sciense.

    This facinating story can be read here (in Swedish, try Google-translate it):
    http://www.fet-mats.se/

  10. Tia #8
    From what I understand the german word "dick" (a human beeing fat) in earlier centuries had about the same meaning (muscular, big) as in swedish as I described above. Correct me if I am wrong.
  11. Tia
    @ Per Wikholm:
    With the German word "dick" you can also describe a book or a cable or a blanket or a semi-fluid mass. The use of this word is rather diversified.

    I can eat a "dickes Steak" but it must not be necessarily a "fat=fettes Steak". ;)

    To name a person "dick" was/is not very polite and surely inferiors in former times would had gotten in real trouble if they dared to call their nobles this way.
    Possibly they would have described them politely as "stattlich" like handsome or "imposant", "üppig", "mächtig" but that does not inform if the person is simply fett=fat, or muscular or huge or swollen....

  12. Just watched the programme and it was good, but not quite enough emphasis about how saturated fat isn't bad for us. Perhaps that will come out more in the next two programmes. It was good to see Lustig and Taubes on there. I wonder what the sugar companies will make of it? They have always managed to shut people up in the past.
  13. tooticky
    Thanks for the heads up. Really enjoyed watching this - at last media is asking the food industry to take some blame of causing this obesity epidemic. Look forward to seeing the next two episodes.
  14. Garth
    Really enjoyed last nights programme, but what pleased me most is, Ive been trying to explain to my wife and anyone else who will listen since I have become type 2 diabetic, the dangers of sugar and carbs, and why we should all be eating a LCHF diet, and it really is hard to try and make people change when we have been brain washed for the last 40 years. Now maybe these programmes will explain it better than I ever can.

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