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 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...


Sugar and the venus fly trap

Tempted? Of course you are

The sweet nectar of a venus fly trap that draws in bugs and insects so that it can trap you, eat you, and ultimately kill you can also be found everywhere in your local Aldi/Waitrose. While your choice of supermarket depends on how posh you are, or think you are, the effects of sugar show no deference to class, status or wealth. It’ll screw with you either way. And yet even knowing this, we call can’t get enough of the stuff and ram every single product with as much sugar as humanly possible.


Sugar, the magic weight loss fuel


If there’s one food that everyone, from dietary advice councils to paleo enthusiasts routinely round up on, it’s sugar. Guaranteed to make you sick, ill, fat, deficient and hyperglycaemic, it’s the pure refined stuff found in foods worldwide, and is the very definition of guilty pleasure. And yet, it can make you lose weight.


Overweight? How lucky are you?

Crisps - strictly speaking, still a vegetable

You’re like the person who’s never seen an episode of the Wire, and has got it all to come

You’re like the virgin about to pop their cherry

You’re like someone’s who’s never discovered Spotify...

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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”.


Burning fat without running a marathon

Evos - the best running shoes ever

Last Sunday, I ran my first marathon in Florence and in spite of the freezing rain, I loved every minute of it. OK, nearly every minute of it. I’d never really warmed to the idea of running until I met a podiatrist back in the middle of last year. If it wasn’t for her, I’d probably never have got gallstones. I wouldn’t have changed my diet. I could never have lost several stone. I definitely wouldn’t have realised that dietary advice worldwide is basically keeping everyone fat. And lastly, I wouldn’t have run that marathon. So what did she tell me than inspired me so much? Simple:


Fat people smell better. But too fat for sex

If only it were true...

Just two quick outrageous stories for the weekend. In the clinical study released by scientists at Portsmouth university this week entitled, “Fat people are better at sniffing out food”... oh hold on. That was the Daily Mail headline. The less glamorous-sounding clinical paper was “High hunger increases olfatactory sensitivity to neutral but not food odors”. I suspect that sub-editor post at the Mail is safe and sound. But back to the paper, the conclusions from it are astonishing…


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“You’re having a heart attack”

Heart attack / Art attack

My pulse was dropping fast … 55…50…45…44…43…42. Slower, and slower. Am I dying? The colour drained from my face, and my skin went clammy.

I turned a disturbing shade of grey, and I sank to my knees, in absolute agony. I relented and called for help. Five minutes later, an entirely unqualified but disturbingly chipper northern girl from NHS Direct was calmly talking to me as if my IQ was near fatal and permanent collapse.


Twinkie diet anyone? Anyone?

Most impressive hair and deep frying twinkie abilities (NB this is not the professor)

So, if you haven't heard, a nutrition professor lost 27 pounds doing nothing more than eating Twinkies, which look like mini-cakes  (we don't have them in the UK). It's a bit like a road safety campaigner passing his driving test while off his face on Ouzo.

And fair play, but what does it prove? According to him not a lot, according to a dietitian "it was probably due to calorie reduction". Phew.

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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?