Why We Got Fatter During The Fat-Free Food Boom

Category: Food and Drink, Weekend

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12 Responses to “How America Got Fatter: Carbs vs Fat”

  1. BennyProfane says:

    Sorry, don’t agree with that simple correlation that less fat made people fat. First of all, I know that was the trendy, upper middle class approach to diet starting in the nineties, but they’re, on average, in better shape than the rest of the population, anyway. Did all of America sign on to that, or just the NPR listener? I think the latter. The rest of America was wallowing, and still is wallowing, in industrial fast food that comes out of a window on the side of a chain restaurant on the main drag, and that industry just kept on expanding and nurturing it’s markets during that time. When else in history could one not expend hardly a calorie or two by driving up to the window and paying someone about five bucks for your daily caloric needs? Or, pick up the phone and have twice or three times your caloric needs delivered to your home within a half hour, still hot and cheesy? That’s why America is fat. Well, that, and then climbing into the lazy boy afterwards and never leaving for four hours.

    btw, the author of that piece should read some of Dean Ornish’s material that used a three prong approach to curing heart disease. No fat, exercise, and stress reduction. He was pretty successful in his small studies. More successful than the insanely profitable heart bypass industry, which is where most MacDonald eaters are heading.

  2. postpartisandepression says:

    Yes it was an interesting story but the real difference is
    1) too many americans are poor and rely on fast food to meet their caloric needs
    2) no one walks any where- not even kids to schools 5 blocks away
    3) we have a food “industry” that uses advertising and other methods to make it cool to eat processed food and this goes hand in with 1 because no one has time to cook because they are either living the american dream of success (where they feel they have to work 80 hrs a week) or they are poor and really need to work 80 hrs a week just to feed, cloth and house their families.

    Europe doesn’t do this – they really do have family values and respect the right of people to have time for the important things like family even if that means not buying a new TV or other gadget every couple of years.

  3. DeDude says:

    The food industry has figured out how to put completely legal addictive substances into our food. Things that will make sure you don’t feel full and that the hunger comes back fairly shortly after you have eaten. Its another case of the disaster of market forces. Their job is to sell more even if it poisons your metabolism and have huge social costs. So they figured out how to make you eat more regardless of all the negative consequences – another case of privatizing profits and socializing loses.

  4. DeltaV says:

    Medical science has come full circle in the last 15 years — there is an enormous amount of research demonstrating that low-carb diets have many benefits, not least of which is weight reduction. Which is exactly what Atkins (himself a cardiologist) preached, but back then the medical schools taught that low-carb was not healthy. As usual, 180 degrees off.

    See also the TED talk on angiogenesis.

  5. Livermore Shimervore says:

    You can consume an identical amount of carbs/sugar/fat from REAL food and not experience the sort of weight gain as a result of eating the same from processed sugar, processed grains and processed
    starches: The Trifecta of Obesity. This means cutting out lunch meats, most cereals and breads (even if they say 100% whole wheat) — nearly all baked foods, any food with added sugars from Snapple to ice cream.

    Real, unmolested food enters and exits the metabolic chain quickly, the other creates a insulin resistance that manifests itself in the form of obesity. Processed food hits the liver and quickly becomes visceral body fat. Hence the whole “clean” foods movement that is picking up steam. I can speak to this from personal experience. I suspended all exercise (to reduce variables) and ate only whole or organic foods, and immediately began to lose 2-3 pounds a week until I was down 24 pounds. Not one lick of exercise. I also documented my macronutrient profile before I started doing this (recordig daily protein, fiber intake, sugar, unsat fat, etc.) and gradually began to limit sugar and starch based carbs, and increased protein (particularly cold water fish: Brisling sardines, PACIFIC sockeye salmon), vegetable based carbs and unsaturated fats (to curb appetite –crucial). Incredibly, the MORE I ate the MORE weight I lost. I was often consuming more calories and sugar than times when I had far lower amounts of calories composed primarily of energy bars, sports drinks, whole wheat breads, whole wheat pastas, and little if any fish or unsaturated fat (avocados, olive oil, etc).

    In other words, not all carbs and sugar and sugars are created equal. The likelyhood that the average American diet will be composed primarily of processed sugars, processed carbs and processed grains (typical supermarket aisle food) is nearly a guarantee. Unless people become less sedentary, while continuing to eat all these manipulated foods, then diabetes, obesity, depression, hearth diease, etc., are guaranteed to rise.

  6. XRayD says:

    So how come in parts of the world (specially vegetarian diets), people are not fat in general?

    • Ralph says:

      Wealth, Culture, access, etc.

    • BennyProfane says:

      No big gulps. Seriously. And pizza. Dear lord. Cheese stuffed crusts. And crusts and inch thick. sheesh.

    • gregory barton says:

      Who says they’re not fat? Been to India lately, the largest vegetarian nation on the planet? Most of the population is underfed. But those who can afford to eat to satiety (a couple of hundred million) are contributing to the largest diabetes and obesity boom on the planet.

  7. BoKolis says:

    I’ve seen plenty of fat tubs of s(p)it who see their obesity as a status symbol. You’ll never convince Bokolis that any food tastes as good as being fit.

    Any type of protein, carbohydrate or fat is just a C-H-O chain. The complexity of the chain varies both among and within the groups. That complexity relates to how useful those nutrients are to the body, as, in theory, all can be broken down to- and stored as- fat.

    In a typically active sort, proteins are far too complex to ever last that long; they get processed- or burned, in the rare event that you’ve run low on carbs- well before.

    While there are a few different types of carbs of varying complexity, the golden rule is (sort of like toilet paper) to take only as many as you need- harder than it sounds because, as you are consuming them, your brain and body conspire to trick you into thinking you need more (maybe the same for toilet paper?).

    If you don’t burn them, fats will be stored…in all of the places that make you look oafish.

    Trans fats and other man-made “nutrients” must be burned off; your body does not know how to process them, so it does the equivalent of tossing them on the stairs.

    Stated in generalities,
    Processed food >>horribly bad for you
    Proper exercise* >>will fix a lot.

    * – By proper exercise, I mean 8-12 hours per week of training your heart at various stages between 60% – 90% of maximum. Nothing works like running, as it pays dividends even when you’re not doing it.