What If Obesity Is The Effect Of A Bigger Health Problem?

What if obesity has nothing to do with eating too much? Is it possible that obesity is the effect of a bigger problem? A great and touching TedMed talk by Dr. Peter Attia challenges the medical status quo on weight gain and how obese patients are treated.

What if blaming the obese is blaming the victim?
I’ve written before that most nutrition science is crap. All of us fatties work hard to eat right, but something isn’t working. Diabetes, metabolic disease, obesity and insulin resistance continues to skyrocket.

So what does the nutrition/diet industry do? It blames us for not heeding the government’s dietary guidelines (which are not based on rigorous science). Basically it’s our fault. We have no will power. No self-control.

If that’s true, it makes it easy for people to judge us fatties, doesn’t it?

But what if the so-called experts have it wrong? Maybe they don’t have all the answers on obesity. Let’s face it, since the endorsement of the low-fat diet in the 70s  by the government, we’ve gotten fatter. When nutrition/dietary experts cling to their dogma instead of asking questions, then they are doing more harm than good.

Dr. Attia is right. It’s time for nutrition scientist to get back to their ideals: “Open minds, the courage to throw out yesterday’s ideas when they don’t appear to be working, and the understanding that scientific truth isn’t final but constantly evolving.”



Is There Really A Link Between Fat And Heart Disease?

A new study sheds light on the truth about saturated fat and heart disease.

A new study sheds light on the truth about saturated fat and heart disease. Image courtesy of Sommai and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

If you read my blog, it’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the last 50+ years of nutrition science (dogma) that says a high-carb, low-fat diet is best for us.  That thinking is what helped me top the scales at 325 pounds before I started questioning the mainstream thinking.

While serious science is now starting to look at the role carbs play in making us fat, a new study questions the paranoia surrounding saturated fat.

We’ve been told that saturated fat in butter, cheese and meat causes heart disease. But scientists looking at 80 studies involving 500,000 people and 27 randomized controlled trials (the gold standard in research) found no evidence that saturated fat causes heart problems or any benefits from other types of fats.

It’s time for nutritionists and the food industry to start embracing real science and stop bad mouthing butter. Now I’m not holding my breath for this to happen. Heck, the nutritionists interviewed about this new study don’t want you to think it’s alright to eat fat because of the risk of heart attacks.  Really!?!

It’s looking like the nutrition dogma of the 50+ years is starting to crumble. Thank you Gary Taubes!

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