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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1Sep/116

The mysterious case of Indian gallstones

Indian roof

In North East India, there’s been a rapid rise in cases of gallstones. And obesity. Sound familiar? It should do, as we’re seeing a live recreation of the same problem that beset the Pima Indians in the early 1900s that turned them from athletic hunter gatherers into the one of the most obese groups on the planet. And we should be paying attention, because the true cause of obesity and all its related ills is intertwined in this one thorny area.


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18May/115

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.
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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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10Mar/112

Scientists in ridiculous conclusion shocker

Hard at work...

Who funds dumb science? Who decided to fund a study correlating lack of activity and education with obesity, and thought that'd be a good idea? Eh? And sure, dress it up with dry, academic language but the heart of message is still the same. Fat people are lazy and stupid. Nice one, what next? Caveating complements with references to weight? Hell, howabout we just assume everyone fat can't tie their shoelaces together and couldn't be bothered if they tried? In fact, next time you see someone fat, why don't you break into a spontaneous round of applause seeing as they managed to get dressed and leave the house all of their own accord?


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22Feb/114

How to solve obesity in the UK and beyond

Solving world obesity - superhero required

Your name is Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary.  You’ve been in power for some months now, you span around in your executive leather chair a few times, you’ve taken a machete to the NHS, you’ve stopped everyone ordering croissants in meetings (strictly speaking a financial measure but you’ll take the credit for obesity reduction too) but now you need to get serious. The treasury have been banging on your door, demanding to reduce spending on the NHS and you know obesity is the biggest preventable cause of health spending in the country, and you need to do something about it.


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13Feb/112

How the world got fat – the conclusion

What you looking at?

This whole website was borne out of one single idea, after I got gallstones. After researching, I found that the Pima Indians had gone from healthy to fat with the highest incidence of gallstones in the world, by the swapping of corn flour for white flour, and the addition of sugar to their diets. And I had an idea – what if obesity was simply the result of eating more to get all the nutrients you need to live, but not eating enough nutrients to burn body fat? Given white flour represents wheat stripped of all nutrition, this would make perfect sense...


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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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8Dec/108

10 people who can solve the obesity crisis

It can't be you. You're made of bread.

You know the score by now right? There are over ½ billion obese people in the world, and a mind-boggling 2 billion overweight people waddling around, and yet the answer to being your normal, healthy weight is within everyone’s grasp. So, who’s going to change this insane situation? Which 10 people have got the power to change the way the world treats obesity and what needs to be done about it?
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