Fat people are hungry – The Science!

When I wrote that fat people are hungry I had no idea that I was shortly to discover the science to back this up.  I had read bits and pieces and was already aware of the problem of leptin resistance, but last night I was aimlessly browsing around YouTube, looking for some random entertainment and I found a series called The Skinny on Obesity, thanks to YouTube’s ability to suggest content that you are interested in.

I was absolutely riveted and watched the whole series in one sitting.  Dr Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, takes us through his research on sugar and it’s effect on the body.  The “Skinny on Obesity ” is a great introduction, and Dr Lustig’s full lecture “Sugar – the Bitter Truth,” will change the way you think about food, diet and exercise forever! Watch for yourself, but in summary he explains scientifically what I already know to be true experientially!

Here are some key quotes from the “Skinny on Obesity” series:

“No one can exert cognitive inhibition [will power] over a biochemical drive that goes on every minute of every day of every year. It is just not possible.”

“Everyone wants to tell people to eat less.  I wish I could tell people to eat less.  But they can’t.”

“Our drive overrides our volition.”

“Currently in the store 80% of the food has been laced with sugar. That limits consumer choice. If you have no choice, how can it be personal responsibility?”

The conclusion?

“Public health officials consider regulation when 4 criteria are met:
1) Unavoidablity
2) Toxicity
3) Abuse
4) Negative impact on society

All the criteria for societal intervention are met.”

Is soda a drug?  Should it be regulated?  Watch and judge for yourself.

4 thoughts on “Fat people are hungry – The Science!

  1. How’s this for circular reasoning. A debate was raging on my early early morning radio as to why governments should not be trying to legislate the food industry. The gentleman from America was ranting on as why we should be making our own choices and if we don’t make the right choices and suffer consequences like obesity we should pay in full for our medical treatment and even have some extra levy placed for being obese. He resented the fact that he makes right choices and others that don’t get assisted in a subsidized health care system paid by his taxes.

    But how about those Capitalistic forces that drive the food giants to pump out more and more addictive products, engineered to force out good choices, by the masses. Health considerations do not come into it, just block busters that even try to fool us as being healthy.

    I mean, how powerful is it, when I get to the end of your blog I get an add for mc Donald’s “good living” thrown at me. Just because these monster food companies have the the cash to buy up Ad Words or what ever it is they do to force them into ones face.

    Anyway thank you for directing me to http://www.ethical.org.za/

  2. Very interesting and provocative comment, thank you! I guess where you stand on this is as much a political decision as a nutritional one. If you feel that government should legislate for the “health and safety” of general society then at least some food products are candidates for legislation, just like tobacco and alcohol. If you are against government interference in these matters then you will oppose regulation of the food industry and probably favor the legalization of marijuana as well.

    What is interesting to me is not so much which side of the political spectrum you fall on, but the fact that we are at least starting to talk about certain foods in the same way that we talk about other drugs. My personal position: not all drugs are illegal, and I don’t feel all drugs should be. All I care about is that they are named for what they are, not marketed to children and not “hidden” in foods marketed as safe, or even “healthy.”

    So well done to the guy on the radio who is not obese and doesn’t struggle with food issues – let’s all give him a standing ovation for being such a righteous paragon of virtue and condescending SOB. But I would be interested to know if he is a-okay with spiking a beverage with cocaine and handing it to a 5 year old? Sure, not everyone who drinks soda becomes addicted to soda, but neither does everyone who drinks alcohol become an alcoholic. But a percentage of people do. The difference is that to drink alcohol, at least in theory you are meant to be of legal age, you know the risks and you know you shouldn’t have too much. We are only starting to fully understand what we are getting into when we consume large quantities of refined sugar and gradually coming to accept that yes, sugar is addictive and yes, it is appropriate to speak about it as a drug. Yes, we all know that if you eat too much junk food you will gain weight, and we must exercise personal choice and responsibility in these matters. The problem is that it is legal to obfuscate the truth about how much sugar and other harmful ingredients are in the vast majority of food products you find in the supermarket these days, and it is legal to market these foods to children. I am watching with interest to see where the obesity crisis and a deeper understanding of the causes leads us.

    Sorry about the ad for the fast-food-chain-that-shall-not-be-named. My fault – they are like the Candy Man, say their name enough times and they show up on your blog 🙂 Will be upgrading my WordPress account shortly to put a stop to that!

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