WSJ: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders

Here’s a nice op ed published in the Wall Street Journal:

WSJ: The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders

The illustration is badly chosen, as this meal is likely to contain more sugar and other bad carbs than anything else. The article is good though. The author, Nina Teicholz, also wrote the new book The Big Fat Surprise on the same topic.

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  1. mezzo
    Article is only available for subscribers.
  2. Richard A.
    Try googling The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders. Then enter the page from Google.
  3. Ian
    That worked! Thanks Richard,
  4. TM
    I tried to go through Google to read it but could not figure out how to do it. I refuse to support a Murdoch paper.
  5. FrankG
    Search for "The Last Anti-Fat Crusaders" :-)

    and while I'm posting links...

    Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Sugar (HBO)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MepXBJjsNxs

  6. JMQ
    Americans (and Brits) typically consume high fat / high carb / high protein diets (i.e. Junk Food) - so to blame a 'low fat' diet for the obesity problems in America is crazy. You don't get fat eating fresh fruit and veg!!!
    Reply: #9
  7. Kat
    Americans are not eating fresh fruit and veg. Since the government got involved and issued guidelines, Americans have eaten less fat - especially saturated fat - than they were eating before the low-fat guidelines. They are eating far more carbohydrate and more PUFAs, though. Fat and protein are satiating, but you can eat a lot of calories in the form of carbohydrate and still keep coming back for more. So yes, I'm going to go right ahead blame the low-fat diet, which replaces (and over replaces) fat with carbohydrates for contributing mightily to the obesity crisis.

    furthermore what you said: "high fat / high carb / high protein diets (i.e. Junk Food)" makes zero sense. Those three macronutrients make up every single food on the planet and in no way translate into junk food. That statement is moronic.

  8. JMQ
    @Kat - so, tell me a fruit or vegetable that is high in fat, carbs, and protein at the same time. For reference, a Big Mac has around 35g fat, 25g protein, 45g carbs.
    Reply: #10
  9. Zepp
    How is this done?

    High x/high y/high z.. must be about 5000 Kcal?

    And then it must be high x/high y/high z/high calories!?

    You know there is a demand for daily protein and for energy.. but how can one indulge such amount of calories?

    I did eat at McDonalds yesterday!

    I know that there food is not healty..(junkfood).. soo I separatede the burger and then I got a minced meat patty, whit sallad, tomatoes and potato, bread whit cheese and mayo!

    Its a diet that almoste any dietican whould admire!

    Problem solved!

  10. Maki
    "@Kat - so, tell me a fruit or vegetable that is high in fat, carbs, and protein at the same time. For reference, a Big Mac has around 35g fat, 25g protein, 45g carbs."

    Almost everybody eats it with soda, and fies. They food is 30-40% fat depending on how big soda, and fries you get in a meal.

    http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/R-D/Americans-are-eating-10g-less-fa...

    "Meanwhile, the percentage of total calories derived from fat also declined substantially from 39.7% to 33.4% between 1977 and 2008, said the authors."

  11. JMQ
    "Meanwhile, the percentage of total calories derived from fat also declined substantially from 39.7% to 33.4% between 1977 and 2008, said the authors"

    Hardly a low fat diet then!!

    As I said - a true low fat diet is a diet predominantly made up of fresh fruit and veg, no meat, no dairy.

    The average American diet is very high in fat (as well as carbs and protein).

    A fruit and veg diet is high in carbs, very low fat, and cannot make you fat.

    The problem is highly processed / junk food which results in meals which are high in fat, carbs, and protein all at the same time - the body can't process this diet properly.

    The human body seems to be most efficient on either high carb, low far or high fat, low carb, low protein.

  12. Emo
    JMQ:

    There are two major problems with the fruit/veg way of eating

    1. Lack of sufficient calories, unless you eat in huge quantities.
    2. Massive rebound back to ugly food, due to hunger and carbohydrate overdependency, which fruit/veg support.

    It is, in my personal experience, incredibly easy to fall off the fruit/veg wagon, unless you turn everything in your life into a support structure for that way of eating. (Sorry, I need my willpower and focus for other stuff.) One tends to skew their preferences gradually toward fruit (in other words sugar), then you allow yourself some Nutella with your strawberries, etc., etc.

    (Not to mention stuff like nutrient deficiencies.)

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