I just got done watching HBO's four-part documentary, "The Weight of the Nation," which outlines the multiple factors, problems and potential solutions involved in dealing with America’s obesity epidemic. It is one hell of a piece of work, and I think it’s worthy of your time.
Indeed, it appears to be available on HBO's website, and I would encourage anyone who takes this issue even slightly seriously to have a look, and understand the dynamics of the food and advertising industries in the US and how they relate to the current status of obesity in the US, and what is being done to correct and counter a problem which has the potential to hamstring us and do so BADLY.
I could go on and on about this series without really giving expression to what was reported. Suffice to say, it struck a chord with me. Please consider it.
Thanks for posting! I haven't seen all the parts but I will shortly. Chris - who is continuing the fight against overweight with paleofood at the moment...
Hmmm, "paleofood" - is that anything like the 700-year-old Twinkies that WALL-E was feeding to this cockroach?
I'm not sure about the cockroach, but I understand the rest more or less :-)
I meant this http://thepaleodiet.com/
I have this recorded, I will begin watching it tonight with the hubby. We've been on a modified diet for a while now, no processed foods, very little sugar... at first it 'seems' as if it kills the wallet because the 'cheap' food is the processed junk, but after a while you realize that you consume a lot less when you eat 'whole foods', so it does balance out in the budget.
There was a piece on 60 minutes with Sanjay Gupta about the dangers of sugar, did any of you see that yet?
I read Gary Taubes' book, Good Calories, Bad Calories several years ago, and was extremely impressed...we have been lied to for almost 100 years about fats, calories, and carbohydrates. The only problem I had with that book was that it went into highly technical explanations of how our bodies store fat, how insulin affects our metabolism, etc., and I got kinda lost. But it has helped me control my blood glucose, and I've lost 25+ pounds so far...and kept them off for over a year!
So, I'm going to order Why We Get Fat (2010)....ASAP
Nutrition "science" for the past century has been very much like "creation science;" if the experimental results didn't fit somebody's pet theory, they threw out the results and kept the theory.
Dr. Frederick Stare of Harvard was one of the chief culprits, and he spread his low fat/low calorie ideas via a nationally syndicated newspaper column in the 1960s and 70s. He also infected hundreds of students with his mistaken beliefs.