Fat Fiction Fat, lies and measuring tape

Do you not think it's well... a bit odd? The fact that the world has suddenly grown fat in a single generation? Since the explosion of gyms, low-fat foods, calorie counting and government healthy eating advice, 1 in 4 people in Britain are obese, and 2 in 3 are overweight. What's going wrong?

It's all about malnutrition. Once you get your head around that idea, obesity and all its related problems start making sense. Need to lose weight? Simple. Or maybe you've got gallstones? Well, as I'm finding out, that's not so simple.
Like any blog, this is all a work in progress, but if you're going to start anywhere, 2 minute summary is as good as any.

Most recent posts below...

29Feb/121

What happens when you stop eating? Rise of hunger pt 2

Hungry chicks

If fat people need to eat less, and body fat is a source of fuel, why do fat people need to eat anything at all? Wouldn’t they just be best of starving themselves until they fit back in the same jeans they wore when they were in their late teens? In the 1960s and 70s, that’s exactly how they treated obesity – bed rest and a bit of chicken broth. So why the sudden need for diet industries, diet foods, diet obsessions and diet doctors? It can’t all be driven by the circulation of the Daily Mail. Whatever happened with the obvious way of dieting – to stop eating?


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21Jul/112

Fat round up

Suitable ambassador for fat stories

Alright, I’m not going to do this that often, but given all the headlines are all about Murdoch’s crumbling empire (and not the ever so slightly more serious unfurling financial crisis in the EU/US), there’s been a flood of fat news that’s been swept aside by Rebekah Brooks’ copious red hair.


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Filed under: Fat, General, Society Full article
11Jul/112

Result!

Least relevant picture to this post I could find...

It’s been a big week for news. Huge. Lies, deceit and moral condemnation have been on the forefront of everyone’s mind as government officials trot out the same tired old clichés about doing what’s right, not just for our sakes but for the sakes of our children and generations to come. But say what you like, we've got a result, even if it's not the one we wanted ...


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31May/117

Darwin’s view of Paleo

Gaucho in Argentina

In less than 48 hours, I’ll find out if eating a highly nutritious diet dissolves gallstones. And really, this blog shouldn’t exist in this day and age, because food has moved from being something we just eat to survive to becoming incredibly difficult but it doesn’t have to be that way.


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13May/117

The last piece of the puzzle

Missing link

What’s the missing link? Something on this site isn’t right, and I think I know what it is. We get fat (and gallstones) because of a lack of nutrients – that’s the theory this whole site is about, and although I firmly believe that’s true, I knew it was missing something. Like what? Well, here's what I didn't tell you...
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13Apr/117

Barbaric bariatrics

They tie a knot in your stomach like this. Probably

In years to come, they're going to look back on gastric band stapling as something akin to medieval torture, I swear. Gastric band is supposedly the last resort of obesity; you get so fat you staple the stomach to stop people eating. The positive is - they stop eating, and lose weight. The negative? Requirements for tons of vitamins to compensate for the loss of absorption in the GI tract, plus hundreds of tales of general misery (google away for tales of woe).
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23Dec/109

How wheat made the world fat: part 2

Lemur's lunching on bread. He doesn't know better

How does the world class jockey, Ruby Walsh, keep control of his weight? Simple he says. “Bread is my nemesis”.

It’s becoming more and more common that people are realising gluten, found in wheat, barley and rye  is behind weight gain (read part 1 of this post here). But what about some hard evidence?


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Filed under: Fat, Wheat Full article
23Dec/102

How wheat made the world fat: part 1

Bread head. His head is made of bread.

Take two fat twins. Give them breakfast in the morning of bacon and eggs, except for the first twin, the one you don’t particularly like preferably, give them a crumpet as well.

At lunchtime, both are given an all you can eat buffet.
Repeat this every day for a month. Over the course of a month, who will eat more at lunchtime?
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Filed under: Fat, Wheat Full article
14Dec/1013

Fat people eat less than thin people

Meat and fat, a carnivore's dream

Have you ever met someone incredibly academically clever, yet lacking all common sense? Unless you happen to be that kind of person, you’ll recognise this as the guy who can mentally compute Pi to a thousand places, yet fail to work the pedestrian crossing. The girl who has committed the periodic table to memory, yet can’t seem to open the door. What happens when those kind of people conduct scientific research? They miss the blindingly obvious right in front of their bespectacled noses. And there’s no greater example than the paper known as the “American Paradox”.
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19Nov/100

Fat people smell better. But too fat for sex

If only it were true...

Just two quick outrageous stories for the weekend. In the clinical study released by scientists at Portsmouth university this week entitled, “Fat people are better at sniffing out food”... oh hold on. That was the Daily Mail headline. The less glamorous-sounding clinical paper was “High hunger increases olfatactory sensitivity to neutral but not food odors”. I suspect that sub-editor post at the Mail is safe and sound. But back to the paper, the conclusions from it are astonishing…


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Filed under: Fat, Weight loss Full article