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.

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9Aug/118

Riots across the land

Riots on the frontline...

Last night thousands of teenagers got together to play out Grand Theft Auto across the UK for real. Contain your rage for a minute (I’m struggling to be fair), try not to look at the global financial collapse that’s slowly unwinding across Europe, and turn your attention to the work of Bonnie Bassler who’s studying how bacteria communicate. There could be a link between all three events…


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27Jul/112

How to be cool

He's cool. Are you?

Back in the 1970s, Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan put forward a theory in Microcosmos that bacteria weren’t so much at the bottom of the food chain in so much as the driving force for the world, and that we were merely vessels that carried around collections of bacteria. It built around Gaia theory from James Lovelock that nature could really be considered one single self-regulating organism.

Ah, doesn’t it make you nostalgic for the glorious days of the hippy 70s, when everyone listened to Janis Joplin, smoked copious amounts of gear and free love ruled hey? Except that these weren’t new age hippy types – Lovelock, scientist and ex NASA consultant, Margulis an acclaimed microbiologist (Richard Dawkins is fan) and Sagan, a renowned science writer. And what’s more, evidence is starting to come together that they might well be right.


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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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