Posted on 15 Oct 2014 01:29
A new post on Science-Based Medicine asks a lot of the documentary, Fed Up, and doesn't get a lot in return. Among the questions asked by Harriet Hall in her well-written and quite comprehensive article is whether sugar is really the cause of the obesity epidemic, and what can actually be done to improve the American diet? The conclusions are not what the internet's leading nutrition and fat loss writers are telling you.
The film’s thesis, that sugar has caused the obesity epidemic, is not well supported by evidence. It is a partial truth that the filmmakers have dogmatically represented as the whole truth, with nary a hint of nuance - Harriet Hall
It would be nice if we could always blame our problems on a boogeyman. When we were kids, the dark held monsters and the boogeyman was under the bed. As much as we fear these monsters, there is something comforting about them. Our monsters make the world simpler. They keep things neat and tidy. Why fear the unknown when you KNOW the monster is lying there waiting to grab your ankles as soon as you dare to let your feet touch the floor? But, the monster represents the unknown itself, in a way. As we age, we let go of these irrational fears, but some of us continue to seek the security of these beliefs. It is easier to think that the problems we face are caused by a simple problem. If we have a problem with obesity, the cause is lurking somewhere. It's sugar. It's the food industry. It's the government. We are afraid for our health and it's somebody's fault.
Pizza is not a vegetable, but a squash might make a more accurate movie.
Do you think the movie makers know squash is a fruit? T-E-C-H-N-C-A-L-L-Y
The evidence, however, if we are to view it objectively, forces us to reject this notion and face our adulthood: There is no monster under the bed. There are monsters, for sure, but they hide better than that!
The kinds of statements that are typically made about obesity, don't hold up to a scientific perspective. The idea that our kids are less healthy than us and that more people will die of obesity than of starvation, for example, are both ridiculous, as the article points out. Three times as many people die of starvation. And, guess what? It's bullshit. Our kids, according to every projection that isn't based on anything but agenda, is that our kids will live longer lives than ever. What other bullshit stories are the fear-mongering anti-sugar campaigners feeding us? read on to find out more.
You may notice the tag-line on the movie ad used in the article: Congress says pizza is a vegetable. Congress never said any such thing. Congress is not full of nutrition experts, but they are not so daft they would declare pizza to be a vegetable. What congress did do is fight some school lunch reforms and allow tomato sauce, like used on pizzas, to still be considered a vegetable. I.E. to count as a serving of vegetables. Bullshitters love to turn that into "congress says pizza is a vegetable." I have vegetables on my pizza all the time, though. Funny how they don't count. Anyway, that happened way back in 2011.
This ad I've used asks us to "join the conversation." So, let's do that. Let's joint the conversation about how movies like this based on nonsense and fear, rather than evidence and reason, will not mislead and delude us into being a nation of gullible children, afraid to put our feet on the floor.
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