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...

28Mar/114

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…


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Filed under: Society Full article
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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7Feb/110

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.
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1Feb/1112

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.
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Filed under: General Full article
25Jan/110

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.
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Filed under: Society, Sugar Full article
18Jan/112

Sugar, the magic weight loss fuel

Magical

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.
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11Jan/118

Paleo diets will kill you!

This will kill you. Along with the meat. And everything else you ever eat.

Happy new year, nothing like a health scare a la Daily Mail to kick off. Ever heard of orthorexia nervosa? Nope, me neither, at least until yesterday when the Metro ran an article on it, about the rise of extreme eating where people cut out entire food groups because they’re so paranoid it’ll do them harm. Pretty timely I’d say…
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Filed under: Wheat Full article
31Dec/102

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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Filed under: Weight loss Full article