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...


The rise of hunger – pt 1

I drew a blank on illustrating hunger, so here's a hungry dog

Alright, it’s been a while – again. I was going to write some easy hit pieces how UK has fought off hefty competition to gain the award of the fattest women in Europe (go Team GB!). Too easy. Or on the US congress ruling resulting from lobbying lowlifes that deigned pizzas to be a vegetable that can be served daily in school canteens. Too obvious. Or the scientific research revealing that a toast sandwich is the best meal for an austerity Britain. Too dumb. Then I caught up properly on the recent posts from Taubes, Guyenet and Stanton and it spurred me to write the final chapter of this blog.


Filed under: General, Hunger Full article

The most important week of the year

They know it's their week...

What week is it? Yeah,  I know, 3rd week of August. Yeah yeah, Tripoli is undergoing a revolution. And OK, Steve Jobs has stepped down from Apple, the economy is yo-yoing, and some Brits are still mumbling about a ‘broken society’ which is a catch all for any problem we don’t have an easy answer for. But through all the news, this week is really important, and you probably missed why.


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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.


Filed under: Fat, General, Society Full article

Doctors and quacks

Available in a shop near you

Today I finally got around to seeing the GP so we can officially agree a course of action for a case of advanced gallstones. Given I’ve not spent much time with doctors, GPs, hospitals or the medical profession, I was expecting the usual you know nothing, doctor knows best kind of patronising bull. Why? Well, we all know that several major scientific discoveries have been suppressed right from cancer through to AIDs yeah? No? Well, prepare to be enlightened…


Exploding melons and fining fat people

This melon's had it

Obesity is in everyone’s interest to solve, wherever you sit on the political spectrum. It screws the economy, life expectancy, quality of life and raises the cost of medical care across the board. So why don’t governments do something about it? It’s not rocket science is it? No it’s not. It’s much more complicated than that.


The final countdown

Countdown has begun

The final countdown has begun. To the the London olympics? Nah, something far more important. In just over one month, I’ll see if this whole exercise has been worthwhile by getting a scan done to see if – as I believe – gallstones are caused by a lack of nutrients.

I’ll be honest with you, I stopped taking Rowachol a while back, having completed maybe 60 days in total since I started at the beginning of this blog (15/10/10). So will it work, or will be a crushing embarrassment, never to be spoken about again? Read on for more.




We’re all attracted to authenticity – people who say what they believe in, stand up for what they believe in and live or die by their principles. And similarly, when you find someone who you realise is prepared to change their opinion for a few quid or a few favours, you lose all respect for them.


Filed under: General Full article

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).


Gallstones – newsflash!

Shocking news

So, this is the third update about gallstones which hell, even I know is niche reading. Even jazzing it up by writing newsflash is pretty desperate. Although 1 in 10 people will get gallstones in their lives, you’ll only generally be interested if you’ve got them right now, and even then I better make it snappy because who really wants a blow by blow account of how it’s going ? Still here? Blimey, OK then.

Filed under: General Full article

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?