Brilliant Ideas For Curing Obesity

Some interesting theories on Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It have been popping in the news lately – and no, I’m not talking about the book by Gary Taubes.  I’m talking about ideas proposed by … uh … well, let’s call them somewhat less-brilliant researchers.

A doctor in St. Louis, for example, has decided that the main cause of the obesity epidemic is pregnancy:

National experts have suggested that if a woman is obese, she should gain far less weight when pregnant than previously thought:  just 11 to 20 pounds.  But one local doctor says even that is far too much. Dr. Raul Artal, chairman of the obstetrics and gynecology department at St. Louis University School of Medicine, says an obese woman who gets knocked up shouldn’t gain so much as an ounce — and then adds that pregnancy, not an unhealthy affection for fast food and the La-Z-Boy, is “the main contributor to the obesity epidemic in this country.”

I believe the doctor is onto something.  While researching Fat Head, I was surprised to learn that back in the days when obesity was rare, the vast majority of women never became pregnant.  All the propagating of the species was accomplished by a small minority of women who then gave their babies to women who preferred to remain thin.  Pretty much every family was made up of kids who were adopted — which is how Puritans and the upper-class British managed to raise large numbers of children without ever engaging in sex.  It was also the reason that every individual bore a striking resemblance to at least 200 other individuals in their geographic area.  Sure, the gene pool was a little shallow, but people were thin and that’s what mattered.

Unfortunately, all that began to change in the late 1960s with the arrival of loose morals — which became even looser after disco music was invented in the 1970s.  Women who wanted to raise children began insisting on having their own babies, and the obesity epidemic was born.  (By pure coincidence, this was also around the time the McGovern committee told everyone to eat more grains and other carbohydrates.)

I know what you’re probably thinking:  if Dr. Artal is correct that pregnancy is the primary cause of obesity, why are so many men obese? All I can tell you is that both times my wife became pregnant, I got fatter.  I can’t explain the biological mechanism, but I expect science to provide an answer eventually.

Since women apparently plan to keep producing their own babies, the real question is what to do about all the obesity their pregnancies are causing.  A professor of bioethics has come up with a solution that was recently praised by a columnist for the Boston Globe:  we need to shame fat people into better eating habits:

“Hey, fatty! Pull that doughnut out of your pie hole! You look like a pig, and you are costing me, and every other taxpayer, billions of dollars in unnecessary health care each year!’’

How do you like my new public service ad campaign, designed to stigmatize the overweight and the obese in the same way smokers have been made to feel the knout of social opprobrium for the past quarter-century?

I got the idea when I heard Professor Daniel Callahan, the retired cofounder of the Hastings Center, a bioethics research institution, speak on a radio program about two weeks ago. Why aren’t overeaters subject to the same stigmatization as smokers?, he mused. Why not indeed?

Callahan makes a persuasive case: 67 percent of Americans are overweight, he writes. “Obesity is a leading cause of diabetes, heart disease, and kidney failure. There are some prima facie reasons for thinking about stigmatization as one more arrow in the quiver of possible solutions.

“It can hardly be said that obesity is beyond individual control,’’ he continues. “So, why not stigmatize [the obese], bringing social pressure to bear?’’

Boy, if only someone with Professor Callahan’s deep understanding of what causes body-fat accumulation had been around when I was becoming an obese adolescent, I would have remained lean.  When we had to play shirts vs. skins in gym-class basketball games, it just never occurred to me to feel ashamed of my fat belly, love handles and boy-boobs.  If the naturally-skinny boys in my class had cared more about me (and been armed with Professor Callahan’s insights), they could have helped me out by calling me names like Lard-Ass, Fat Boy, Pudge, Booby Boy, Porky Pig, or Butter Butt.  I now realize that with their kind-hearted acceptance of me (and the one other fat kid in class), they were inadvertently acting as enablers.

So to all you obese people out there who are happy with your bodies, it’s time to look yourself in the mirror and feel ashamed!  Don’t wait for Professor Callahan’s ideas to catch fire and inspire some do-gooders to shame you … be pro-active and take responsibility for shaming yourself.

I know what you’re probably thinking:  But what about all the fat babies being born these days?  Babies aren’t capable of shaming themselves … if they were, they’d  be more conscientious about where and when they fill their diapers.

Never fear.  The British government has an answer for the wee tykes:  get them to exercise more!

The British government says children under five — including those who can’t walk yet — should exercise every day. The new guidelines were issued Monday, partly to fight the obesity epidemic.

In them, the department of health says children under five who can walk should be physically active for at least three hours a day. For babies who can’t walk yet, the government says physical activity should be encouraged from birth, including infants playing on their stomach and swimming sessions with their parents.

I have to admit, I don’t know whether this advice will prove to be effective, since my only experience is with two little girls who are active even when I’d like to them slow down for a change.  Last night, for example, they grew bored with watching Man vs. Wild from a seated position and decided to construct a bridge between the sofa and an ottoman, using several household items as building materials.  When the bridge fell down under the older daughter’s weight, I thought they’d give up … but nope, they just built a new one.  When that one fell down, they changed designs and built yet another one.  When that fell down, they built another one.  I was expecting them to start whistling the theme from The Bridge on the River Kwai any minute.

But if the British government wants the “get your baby to exercise” advice to be truly effective, I’d suggest they combine it with Professor Callahan’s insights and shame babies into working out.  Then you’d have a sure-fire cure for childhood obesity.

“Come on, Junior!  Wiggle those arms!  One-two-three-four … you’re quitting at four reps?  What are you, some kind of baby?”

“Well, actually—“

“No wonder you’re so fat.  Look at you, you little butterball!  You’ve got thighs like canned hams!”

“That’s baby fat, coach!”

“Yeah, sure it is.  Listen, kid:  you’re fat because your mother listened to some old Bee Gees songs from the 1970s and then went out and got herself pregnant, so now everybody’s fat.  Well, not here in jolly old England, Butterball!  Not on my watch.  Now drop and give me twenty.”

“Twenty what?”

“Pushups!”

“WAAAAHHH!”

“Be quiet!  Hey, what did you just put in your mouth?”

“My thumb.”

“Is there any fat in that thing?”

“I’m a baby.  I’m fat all over.”

“Then take it out of your mouth, now!”

“WAAAAHHH!”

Yup, with all these brilliant new ideas being proposed, obesity will soon be nothing more than a bad memory – like disco.


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202 thoughts on “Brilliant Ideas For Curing Obesity

  1. Robinowitz

    I find it funny when vegan trolls come to your site one after the other and post a bunch of silly fourth-grader comments that almost always have several spelling errors. Actually, I think most fourth-graders probably have better spelling and grammar skills:) What do you think brings them here for certain blogs and not others? Do they google a certain word and just click on links that bring them to your site, read that people (gasp!) eat meat here and feel that they need to implement the very effective ‘nanny nanny boo boo’ method of debate with you? I’m pretty certain this particular post didn’t say much about vegans or vegetarians, though I’d have to read back through it to be sure. Maybe it’s like in Harry Potter: every time Voldemort’s name is mentioned he instantly appears! So, typing the words vegan and vegetarian brings them here..? But there I go comparing them to the greatest dark wizard of all time–might be giving them WAY too much credit.

    I’m not sure what brings them here. They’re like religious zealots who feel a need to convert all the heathens in the world. Certainly the juvenile insults and poor grammar aren’t helping their cause any, but they don’t have the intelligence to recognize that fact.

  2. Kicking Carbs

    Wow there are some seriously deranged scientists out there 🙁

    I got fat because Doctors gave me steroids and I took them almost continuously for 15 years. Guess what? They mess with your insulin and your weight.

    Do you think a doctor ever said boo to me about it or that Low Carb was recommended while on steroids? No. I had to learn the hard way.

    How about we cure the obesity epidemic by requiring scientists to actually know something about science?

    That’s a tall order, but I support the idea.

  3. Angel

    Gits is an appropriate term for these bubble-headed folk, whether or not they are British. And it’s a little more family-friendly than “dumbasses”.

  4. julie

    Are you making these vegan people up? Nobody is that silly. I just read the article you link to, and being both obese (not any more) and a smoker (fell off the wagon), I’d have to say I’ve had more shit for being fat, especially in grade school. There’s plenty of discrimination and stigma against fat people, esp. women, and while there may not be laws (yet), I’m confident they’re coming, as soon as the powers that be can figure out what those laws should be. I think one confounding factor is that while many quit ciggies successfully (I did for 7 years, will again in the next few weeks), the stats on fat people becoming/staying skinny are quite dismal. Advice to just put down the donut (or chips) and get off fat ass to walk around the block are trivializing the issue, and immediately tells me said idiotic advice giver has no idea about obesity. Anyway, I’m not a low-carber (nor low-fat), so I won’t take up too much of your time here.

    What the professor doesn’t understand is that we all know how to stop smoking, but few of us know how to lose significant weight without starving ourselves and wrecking our metabolisms.

  5. KimC

    Why are the trolls so obsessed with how your butt smells?! That’s very gross….these vegans have way too much time on their hands.

    That’s what passes for intellectual argument among the trolls.

  6. LCNana

    Tom, great to have you back.

    This, in my humble opinion, is all about hating humanity, trying to encourage women to have either fewer babies or none at all, increased use of contraception and abortion. Why do some people hate the human race? WE are it! There really is a bigger picture here, Tom. Europe is already dying, as is Japan and here in North America we’re headed downward as well. So I say, eat your meat and fat, Ladies, and have lots and lots and lots of happy healthy chubby babies! We NEED YOU, AND THEM!!!!

    I’ve believed for a long time there’s an anti-human element in all this, especially among the save-the-planet types.

  7. Lori

    Paging Dr. Atkins. What is it with vegan trolls and what comes out of other people’s rear ends? (Sorry, but there was no delicate way of putting that.)

    “The major source of intestinal gas is the metabolic activity of colonic bacteria, which produces large volumes of hydrogen (H2), carbon dioxide (CO2), and eventually methane (CH4), via carbohydratefermentation.2 Thus, efforts to decrease intestinal gas rely on dietetic restrictions, attempting to reduce the availability of fermentable substrate to colonic bacteria.3 Exclusion diets seem to be effective in reducing both symptoms and gas production; however, they can be too restrictive to be maintained for long periods.4″

    See http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1046/j.1365-2036.2000.00808.x/full

    Not to be indelicate, but I had far more of an issue with gas and other digestive upsets when I still ate grains and legumes.

  8. Bev

    Eeek! I must be some kind of horrible freak! I had a baby and did not get fat right away. Or, wait! I know, it was just a delayed reaction. I gained a ton of weight four years later, it was right around the time I started taking Paxil for depression. No connection with the antidepressant, of course, those come from doctors and we all know that doctors NEVER do anything that would make their patients gain weight. Maybe I just was not receiving my daily allowance of mockery.

    I think your weight gain may have been caused by the pregnancy inducing a long-delayed post-partum depression.

  9. Marilyn

    I laughed out loud at your comments. But the idea is scary. I know of a woman who was carrying twins back in the ’60s. Her OB was mean and nasty about the pregnant woman not gaining any weight. So she complied. One of those twins, now an adult, has had many problems due to some poorly developed things in her digestive system. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    No, probably not.

  10. GuineaPig

    Hey,does anyone else here find it funny how many diet pills and powder websites completely misuse the word metabolism.They all seem to think it’s a muscle or something,it’s become such a diet industry buzzword because it sounds scientific but all it really means is “breakdown”. It’s great to see blogs like this telling people the truth about how our bodies work.

    Either the manufacturers don’t understand the word, or they assume the buying public doesn’t.

  11. Robinowitz

    I find it funny when vegan trolls come to your site one after the other and post a bunch of silly fourth-grader comments that almost always have several spelling errors. Actually, I think most fourth-graders probably have better spelling and grammar skills:) What do you think brings them here for certain blogs and not others? Do they google a certain word and just click on links that bring them to your site, read that people (gasp!) eat meat here and feel that they need to implement the very effective ‘nanny nanny boo boo’ method of debate with you? I’m pretty certain this particular post didn’t say much about vegans or vegetarians, though I’d have to read back through it to be sure. Maybe it’s like in Harry Potter: every time Voldemort’s name is mentioned he instantly appears! So, typing the words vegan and vegetarian brings them here..? But there I go comparing them to the greatest dark wizard of all time–might be giving them WAY too much credit.

    I’m not sure what brings them here. They’re like religious zealots who feel a need to convert all the heathens in the world. Certainly the juvenile insults and poor grammar aren’t helping their cause any, but they don’t have the intelligence to recognize that fact.

  12. Kicking Carbs

    Wow there are some seriously deranged scientists out there 🙁

    I got fat because Doctors gave me steroids and I took them almost continuously for 15 years. Guess what? They mess with your insulin and your weight.

    Do you think a doctor ever said boo to me about it or that Low Carb was recommended while on steroids? No. I had to learn the hard way.

    How about we cure the obesity epidemic by requiring scientists to actually know something about science?

    That’s a tall order, but I support the idea.

  13. Marilyn

    Oh, yes. I got on the scale the other day (something I do about 3 times a year) and discovered I’ve lost 15 pounds since my highest point — maybe a couple of years ago. Do I exercise? Heck no. Do I count calories? Heck no. Do I eschew fat? Oh heavens, no! Do I keep my carbs on the low side? Yep. 🙂

  14. Loraine

    Why must you lump all of us vegans in with the commenters who are trolling your site? Do you even know if they are vegans themselves? For all we know, it could be you writing those comments to make vegans look bad and to give your fans a nice laugh. Anyways, about the previous ‘troll’ who posted about having a ‘smelly butt’ (come on Tom, are you telling me this wasn’t you? You’re the comedian here after all), he may have a point.

    Steatorrhea is the presence of excess fat in feces. Stools may also float due to excess lipid, have an oily appearance and be especially foul-smelling. An oily anal leakage or some level of fecal incontinence may occur. There is increased fat excretion, which can be measured by determining the fecal fat level. Definitions of how much fecal fat constitutes steatorrhea have not been standardized.

    For some reason, I’ve never seen a post on this blog about how much a low carb, high fat diet can mess with your bowels! Being a vegan has never felt so wonderful.

    Loraine

    You seriously believe I’d stoop to creating a fictional moron in the comments section? I certainly don’t need to. There are enough real morons publishing health advice as it is.

    I have a new definition for vegans: people who think their @#$% don’t stink.

  15. Vanessa

    @mansonmaser

    Ever heard of grass-fed meat? That’s what I eat. Animals are going to die anyways and this way they can have a good life before then. It’s the natural cycle of life. Show me a fox that feels bad about killing a rabbit and THEN I’ll become a vegan.

  16. Angel

    Gits is an appropriate term for these bubble-headed folk, whether or not they are British. And it’s a little more family-friendly than “dumbasses”.

  17. Kevin

    I’m a little curious, what is your opinion of Center for Consumer Freedom?

    They are very against the government telling people what to do, but it also tells people “eat whatever as long as you exercise”, defending potatoes, starch, etc.

    They’re a food-industry group. I agree with their stance on regulations, but probably for different reasons. For me it’s about freedom and keeping government power limited; I suspect for them it’s mostly about what’s in their own interest … not that I’m against people acting in their own interest. They of course prefer to believe it’s all about calories and exercise, since their members sell processed junk foods.

  18. Tracee

    Have you ever seen the South Park episode “smug”. If I have the right one, it’s the one where “intellectuals” stop to enjoy the smell of their own passing gas. Whenever I hear stuff like this I get the mental image of that episode.

    However, if we run with their logic, perhaps parents should strap weights to their babies limbs so they can burn even more calories.

    I have to confess: I’ve only seen one episode of South Park.

  19. LXV

    “does anyone else here find it funny how many diet pills and powder websites completely misuse the word metabolism.”

    One of the “fun” things about hyperthyroid issues is that I have become very aware of metabolism and everything it hooks into. At the nadir of my health (when I was very, very skinny) I was metabolizing everything, inclduing heart tissue. I’ve slowed my metabolism (yay perscription meds!) and while I’ve got a fair amount of fluff now, I have rebuilt my muscles (and organs!). Every time I see “fast metabolism” being pushed I shudder. Granted, most people will never ramp theirs up as high as mine was with a grapefruit and cayenne diet, but still…..

    Skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. Fluff doesn’t always mean ill health. Fast metabolism doesn’t always mean an increase in health.

    Well said. I’ve met some fast-metabolism types who aren’t healthy.

  20. KimC

    Why are the trolls so obsessed with how your butt smells?! That’s very gross….these vegans have way too much time on their hands.

    That’s what passes for intellectual argument among the trolls.

  21. Marilyn

    I laughed out loud at your comments. But the idea is scary. I know of a woman who was carrying twins back in the ’60s. Her OB was mean and nasty about the pregnant woman not gaining any weight. So she complied. One of those twins, now an adult, has had many problems due to some poorly developed things in her digestive system. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

    No, probably not.

  22. Marilyn

    Oh, yes. I got on the scale the other day (something I do about 3 times a year) and discovered I’ve lost 15 pounds since my highest point — maybe a couple of years ago. Do I exercise? Heck no. Do I count calories? Heck no. Do I eschew fat? Oh heavens, no! Do I keep my carbs on the low side? Yep. 🙂

  23. Loraine

    Why must you lump all of us vegans in with the commenters who are trolling your site? Do you even know if they are vegans themselves? For all we know, it could be you writing those comments to make vegans look bad and to give your fans a nice laugh. Anyways, about the previous ‘troll’ who posted about having a ‘smelly butt’ (come on Tom, are you telling me this wasn’t you? You’re the comedian here after all), he may have a point.

    Steatorrhea is the presence of excess fat in feces. Stools may also float due to excess lipid, have an oily appearance and be especially foul-smelling. An oily anal leakage or some level of fecal incontinence may occur. There is increased fat excretion, which can be measured by determining the fecal fat level. Definitions of how much fecal fat constitutes steatorrhea have not been standardized.

    For some reason, I’ve never seen a post on this blog about how much a low carb, high fat diet can mess with your bowels! Being a vegan has never felt so wonderful.

    Loraine

    You seriously believe I’d stoop to creating a fictional moron in the comments section? I certainly don’t need to. There are enough real morons publishing health advice as it is.

    I have a new definition for vegans: people who think their @#$% don’t stink.

  24. Vanessa

    @mansonmaser

    Ever heard of grass-fed meat? That’s what I eat. Animals are going to die anyways and this way they can have a good life before then. It’s the natural cycle of life. Show me a fox that feels bad about killing a rabbit and THEN I’ll become a vegan.

  25. Kevin

    I’m a little curious, what is your opinion of Center for Consumer Freedom?

    They are very against the government telling people what to do, but it also tells people “eat whatever as long as you exercise”, defending potatoes, starch, etc.

    They’re a food-industry group. I agree with their stance on regulations, but probably for different reasons. For me it’s about freedom and keeping government power limited; I suspect for them it’s mostly about what’s in their own interest … not that I’m against people acting in their own interest. They of course prefer to believe it’s all about calories and exercise, since their members sell processed junk foods.

  26. Tracee

    Have you ever seen the South Park episode “smug”. If I have the right one, it’s the one where “intellectuals” stop to enjoy the smell of their own passing gas. Whenever I hear stuff like this I get the mental image of that episode.

    However, if we run with their logic, perhaps parents should strap weights to their babies limbs so they can burn even more calories.

    I have to confess: I’ve only seen one episode of South Park.

  27. LXV

    “does anyone else here find it funny how many diet pills and powder websites completely misuse the word metabolism.”

    One of the “fun” things about hyperthyroid issues is that I have become very aware of metabolism and everything it hooks into. At the nadir of my health (when I was very, very skinny) I was metabolizing everything, inclduing heart tissue. I’ve slowed my metabolism (yay perscription meds!) and while I’ve got a fair amount of fluff now, I have rebuilt my muscles (and organs!). Every time I see “fast metabolism” being pushed I shudder. Granted, most people will never ramp theirs up as high as mine was with a grapefruit and cayenne diet, but still…..

    Skinny doesn’t always mean healthy. Fluff doesn’t always mean ill health. Fast metabolism doesn’t always mean an increase in health.

    Well said. I’ve met some fast-metabolism types who aren’t healthy.

  28. Underground

    More beating about the proverbial bush. They’re just orbiting the subject farther into the outer reaches each time because they’ve unsuccessfully covered all the ground in-between. Except the obvious of course.

    I’ve thought about this and the more I consider it, the more I think that there are many people advocating and supporting the government line that are just secretly afraid and rationalizing like crazy to avoid the admitting to themselves that maybe they were wrong. Very wrong.

    To someone with a conscience, in a position of authority, what kind of ethical dilemma might it create if they faced the fact that by pushing unsupported recommendations on people, they may be indirectly responsible for millions of deaths and who knows how much sickness? How horrible a realization might that be, and to what lengths would someone go to avoid facing it?

    Just because there aren’t doughnuts exploding and taking people’s heads off, or vegan zombies prowling the streets doesn’t mean that the result is any less horrific.

    You may think I’m kidding, but how will history look back on us? Of course, as usual, that depends on who is around to pen the record.

    They’re already killed people with bad recommendations. Imagine the death toll if they put the force of law behind those recommendations.

  29. greensleeves

    Mark Bittman of the New York Times offers a lovely proposal today to cure obesity with a tax on all the food he doesn’t like, such as fat and soda. He’d spare diet soda despite the recent evidence that it is also correlated with visceral fat gain. He especially endorses a tax on saturated fat: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24bittman.html?_r=1&src=rss

    That’s the problem with trying to uses taxes and regulations to coerce people into healthy eating: the people who support the idea don’t know enough about nutrition to pick the right targets. And even if they did, what you and I eat is none of their business.

  30. Johnston

    TOM’S BUTTHOLE SMELLS

    Vegans will some day rule the earth you old fart 🙂

    Another vegan intellectual chimes in. Keep it up, guys … the more idiotic you look, the less convincing you are.

  31. Luke

    My health teacher said that people in their fifties are more overweight and obese than people in their sixties, seventies, and eighties.

    When were they twenty? In the 1980’s, when the low fat diet was all the rage. Coincidence? I think not.

    Anyway, I saw this one magazine that stated “you will watch your fat cells explode.” Are you an idiot? You don’t want your fat cells to explode! You could die from that. Fat cells are not the enemy, they are an innocent bystander. Physically removing fat from your body COULD KILL YOU.

  32. Underground

    More beating about the proverbial bush. They’re just orbiting the subject farther into the outer reaches each time because they’ve unsuccessfully covered all the ground in-between. Except the obvious of course.

    I’ve thought about this and the more I consider it, the more I think that there are many people advocating and supporting the government line that are just secretly afraid and rationalizing like crazy to avoid the admitting to themselves that maybe they were wrong. Very wrong.

    To someone with a conscience, in a position of authority, what kind of ethical dilemma might it create if they faced the fact that by pushing unsupported recommendations on people, they may be indirectly responsible for millions of deaths and who knows how much sickness? How horrible a realization might that be, and to what lengths would someone go to avoid facing it?

    Just because there aren’t doughnuts exploding and taking people’s heads off, or vegan zombies prowling the streets doesn’t mean that the result is any less horrific.

    You may think I’m kidding, but how will history look back on us? Of course, as usual, that depends on who is around to pen the record.

    They’re already killed people with bad recommendations. Imagine the death toll if they put the force of law behind those recommendations.

  33. JohnPatrick

    Tom you are an idiot. Morgan spurlock owns your soul.

    Oh, and your brother sucks dude….he’s a republican idiot.

    You have an ugly face.

    -veggies4ever

    My brother (like me) is a libertarian, not a Republican. My brother also (like me) was more intelligent at age five than you’ll ever be.

  34. Katy

    Loraine, dear, steatorrhea is not caused by eating fat; it is a condition caused by malabsorption of fat, which can result from a number of other underlying conditions or diseases (many resulting from or aggravated by eating sugar/grains):

    *malabsorption, e.g. in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and *abetalipoproteinaemia
    *exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
    *pancreatitis
    *choledocholithiasis – (obstruction of the bile duct by a gallstone)
    *pancreatic cancer – (if it obstructs biliary outflow)
    *primary sclerosing cholangitis
    *bacterial overgrowth
    *short bowel syndrome
    *cystic fibrosis
    *Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
    *Giardiasis – a protozoan parasite infection
    *Abuse or misuse of certain prescribed slimming pills, such as Orlistat (Alli)

    Contrary to your assertion, a low carb/high fat diet actually helps people with digestive/bowel disorders, such as indigestion, acid reflux, ulcers, IBS, diverticulitis, etc.

  35. greensleeves

    Mark Bittman of the New York Times offers a lovely proposal today to cure obesity with a tax on all the food he doesn’t like, such as fat and soda. He’d spare diet soda despite the recent evidence that it is also correlated with visceral fat gain. He especially endorses a tax on saturated fat: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/24/opinion/sunday/24bittman.html?_r=1&src=rss

    That’s the problem with trying to uses taxes and regulations to coerce people into healthy eating: the people who support the idea don’t know enough about nutrition to pick the right targets. And even if they did, what you and I eat is none of their business.

  36. Johnston

    TOM’S BUTTHOLE SMELLS

    Vegans will some day rule the earth you old fart 🙂

    Another vegan intellectual chimes in. Keep it up, guys … the more idiotic you look, the less convincing you are.

  37. Luke

    My health teacher said that people in their fifties are more overweight and obese than people in their sixties, seventies, and eighties.

    When were they twenty? In the 1980’s, when the low fat diet was all the rage. Coincidence? I think not.

    Anyway, I saw this one magazine that stated “you will watch your fat cells explode.” Are you an idiot? You don’t want your fat cells to explode! You could die from that. Fat cells are not the enemy, they are an innocent bystander. Physically removing fat from your body COULD KILL YOU.

  38. JohnPatrick

    Tom you are an idiot. Morgan spurlock owns your soul.

    Oh, and your brother sucks dude….he’s a republican idiot.

    You have an ugly face.

    -veggies4ever

    My brother (like me) is a libertarian, not a Republican. My brother also (like me) was more intelligent at age five than you’ll ever be.

  39. Katy

    Loraine, dear, steatorrhea is not caused by eating fat; it is a condition caused by malabsorption of fat, which can result from a number of other underlying conditions or diseases (many resulting from or aggravated by eating sugar/grains):

    *malabsorption, e.g. in inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and *abetalipoproteinaemia
    *exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
    *pancreatitis
    *choledocholithiasis – (obstruction of the bile duct by a gallstone)
    *pancreatic cancer – (if it obstructs biliary outflow)
    *primary sclerosing cholangitis
    *bacterial overgrowth
    *short bowel syndrome
    *cystic fibrosis
    *Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
    *Giardiasis – a protozoan parasite infection
    *Abuse or misuse of certain prescribed slimming pills, such as Orlistat (Alli)

    Contrary to your assertion, a low carb/high fat diet actually helps people with digestive/bowel disorders, such as indigestion, acid reflux, ulcers, IBS, diverticulitis, etc.

  40. Karen

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303763404576420240288155556.html?KEYWORDS=intervention+chronic+disease

    How disturbing is this??!!!

    “Many aspects of our metabolism are established while in the womb, including how we regulate body temperature and digest food. By influencing such processes in a fetus, using drugs, nutritional supplements or changes to the mother’s diet, scientists hope to set the child on a more healthful path for life.”

    Even the very process of pregnancy and obesity prevention is being questioned and answered with drugs. Why is it that when I tell people I eat all meat/dairy/eggs, it’s considered “too radical,” “dangerous,” and “not natural,” while Frankensteins like these people are toying with fetal development and are arrogant enough to think they can do better than eons of natural pregnancies? I wouldn’t even go near an Advil when I was pregnant. My diet wasn’t the best, but I knew that the medications I took could have far-reaching and unknown consequences for my children. Anyone remember Thalidomide? I’d rather take my chances with becoming obese during pregnancy than to trust my baby’s health to a bunch of “scientists.”

    That’s why there’s been a rise in the number of obese babies. They were programmed in the womb.

  41. Pat

    Hi Tom
    I thought you would like this – On Saturday the Ottawa Citizen (Ontario, Canada) had a three page spread following a Tamworth pig from Pickle Patch Farm (http://www.savourottawa.ca/profiles_en/pickle_patch.php) to pork tacos at Beckta Dining & Wine. Great article, lots of pictures, here’s to pigs!
    I couldn’t get the article online, unfortunately. But you can see where the pig grew up (and yes that is savour, not savor, in the URL, we follow British spelling most of the time).

    I like “savour.” It feels more luxurious with that extra letter in it.

  42. joe

    I’m vegetarian myself, but i can’t stand fundamentalists . I’ve long stopped trolling meat eaters and i would want to be treated nicely by meat eaters and vegans alike. I think the fact that you need to troll has something to do with being unsure about your way of life. And this is something i do not want to project, something i do not HAVE to project!

    Those who are insecure about their beliefs are the most likely to become zealots who feel a need to convert everyone else. Eric Hoffer wrote an entire (and wonderful) book titled “The True Believer” about that personality type.

  43. Alexandra

    @loraine “For some reason, I’ve never seen a post on this blog about how much a low carb, high fat diet can mess with your bowels! Being a vegan has never felt so wonderful.”

    I would say that it is simply not an issue, I read many LCHF, paleo, primal blogs as well as books on the subject and I have never seen this mentioned.. quite the opposite, many that have made the change to this healthy way of eating marvel at how their GI problems went away. Let’s not forget how much this way of eating improves weight control, diabetes control, celiac, colitis, PCOS, metabolic syndrome along with many problems that one may not associate with diet: Joint pain, acne, confusion, fatigue, depression…it’s a LONG list.

  44. Karen

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303763404576420240288155556.html?KEYWORDS=intervention+chronic+disease

    How disturbing is this??!!!

    “Many aspects of our metabolism are established while in the womb, including how we regulate body temperature and digest food. By influencing such processes in a fetus, using drugs, nutritional supplements or changes to the mother’s diet, scientists hope to set the child on a more healthful path for life.”

    Even the very process of pregnancy and obesity prevention is being questioned and answered with drugs. Why is it that when I tell people I eat all meat/dairy/eggs, it’s considered “too radical,” “dangerous,” and “not natural,” while Frankensteins like these people are toying with fetal development and are arrogant enough to think they can do better than eons of natural pregnancies? I wouldn’t even go near an Advil when I was pregnant. My diet wasn’t the best, but I knew that the medications I took could have far-reaching and unknown consequences for my children. Anyone remember Thalidomide? I’d rather take my chances with becoming obese during pregnancy than to trust my baby’s health to a bunch of “scientists.”

    That’s why there’s been a rise in the number of obese babies. They were programmed in the womb.

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