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...


Honesty is the best policy

Lansley on a mission for truth

When’s the last time you were properly patronised? I mean really patronised in a fully condescending fashion, as if you were some kind of dribbling village idiot that sits at home playing with fireworks and cans of petrol? It’s been a while for me, but someone stepped up to the job with real talent – none other than the Chief Medical Officer for the UK presenting the new obesity strategy. I say presenting – I really mean telling off the UK for being a bunch of greedy feckless chubsters. If you’ve not seen it, cop a load of Dame Sally Davies endearing herself to the country.


Filed under: policy, Society Full article

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…



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.



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


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 ...



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.


I predict a riot…

Surely diets not riots?

Everyone knows food affects mood, and I’m not talking about people getting excitable about eating donuts.  From depression through to violence, the nutrients you have – or don’t have – affect your moods in ways we simply just don’t know. So I began thinking – if, as I believe, weight gain is largely symptomatic of a lack of nutrients, and given we have a country where 2 out of every 3 people is overweight, this must have much more far-reaching effects than the old muffin-top spilling out a tight T-shirts on the beach. And sure enough, it’s bigger than you could ever imagine.

Filed under: Society Full article

Funny walks of the 20th century

Ministry of Silly Walks

Have shitty diets changed our gait and posture? And if they have, how do you prove such a thing? There’s no use reading Tess of the D’Urbervilles and trying to read between the lines of “bouncing handsome womanliness" is there? I know, I’ve not posted for a while, but this video someone sent me more than makes up for it and proves that if nothing else, we used to walk a little bit like John Cleese 100 years ago…


Filed under: Society Full article

Teenage mums and the burger bun

Bread people - responsible for fathering kids worldwide

Whenever you hear politicians banging on - and let’s face it, they do bang on - about teenage pregnancy, one sentence I can guarantee you’ll never hear is that ‘one of real reasons the UK has the dubious honour of being a world leader of teenagers popping sproglets is because we also are fighting for top place in the world obesity stakes too’.  In short, eating badly increases teenage pregnancy. Why? Simple evolution.

Filed under: Society, Sugar Full article