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...

16Nov/104

Great news: KFC write UK obesity strategy

Ronald and the Colonel have a got a big job...

At long last, the newish UK Minister for Health, Andrew Lansley, decided to ask the big food manufacturers and restaurants for their advice on obesity policy. And while the Colonel and Ronald McDonald sketch out their own finger-licking strategy which will doubtlessly involve some variant of a McDirtbox in a family-sized bucket, I can’t help feeling this was the best possible result.

But... but…. But… he must be in bed with the big industries, and they don’t care about our health!

Yeah, I know, I know. And only two months ago, Lansley was laying the boot into chef Jamie Oliver for his tireless campaign to improve school meals. Not only that, he reputedly enjoys beating kittens with ministerial briefing boxes until they squeal the national anthem. Maybe. But even so, it’s still possibly the best outcome we could expect in the UK.

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Filed under: Fat, policy Full article
8Nov/104

How to make the world fat with two foods

Can this make you fat?

If obesity is caused by hunger due to a lack of nutrients (see previous post), then there’s only three possibilities  - we’re either not eating enough in our diet, we cannot absorb the nutrients we’re eating, or something is stripping the body of the nutrients we need. So, given the astonishing rise in obesity over the past 30 years, what the hell has happened? What have we started eating more of that’s causing us so much trouble?
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4Nov/100

Pasta pushers say pasta is good for you

Lunch at the Pasta Congress

In possibly the most shameless piece of shill science, a 'scientific conference' stated that pasta is good for your health. Oh hold on no, it was the International Pasta Organisation, as part of the IV World Pasta Congress - yes really -  who organised a bunch of pasta-friendly scientists to get together and tell the world pasta is great.


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Filed under: Fat Full article
31Oct/104

Fat, tossers and shrinking black women

She's shrinking!

It might sound like the start of a bad joke, or a niche porn site, but it's all relevant. What ties together the obesity epidemic, how black women are shrinking across the US and the odd bit of sexual release? And what can explain why the whole world appears to be getting fatter and fatter? For more, read on...


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Filed under: Fat, Weight loss Full article
22Oct/108

Diet of a fat man: flour tortillas and beans

Food for a fat man?

Think of food and obesity and what do you picture? Burgers perhaps? Pizzas? Well, what if obesity was nothing to do with fatty foods? Nothing to do with exercise? And nothing to do with greed? This isn't wild speculation - the evidence already exists.
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Filed under: Fat, Gallstones Full article