Sweet Revenge

Imagine walking in the grocery store and in front of you are two people. One of them has observable love handles, has a gut that comes over the belt, and appears to be obese.The person next to them is thin and appears to be of a healthy weight. Which one is healthy and which one isn’t?

We’ve all heard the following:

  • A calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from
  • Obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little
  • All overweight obese people are sick
  • All thin people are basically healthy

Yet, a calorie isn’t just a calorie; it does depend on where it comes from and what happens once it is consumed. An overweight person can be healthy; and a thin person can be sick (TOFI). In this 2015 hour and half presentation done by Dr Lustig for the Stanford Health Library he discusses those items and more:

In 2014 Dr. Lustig did an hour long presentation for PBS (available on DVD) entitled, “Sweet Revenge: Turning the tables on processed food” that discusses the following:

  • How there are more thin sick people than obese sick people.
    • A person can be Thin on outside Fat on Inside (TOFI) and Obese on outside and healthy on the inside.
    • There are 240 million people in the US. 72 million fall into the obese category, 168 million into the normal weight category.
    • In total between the obese and normal weight groups 124 million fall into the sick category. 67 million come from the normal weight group and 57 million from the obese group.
  • In our food:
    • How fat is not just fat
    • How carbs are not just carbs
    • How calories are not just calories
  • How it isn’t just about diet and exercise
  • How our body digests food and the chemicals that tell us we are full
  • How processed food and sugar is our biggest enemy
    • That there are 56 different names for sugar in ingredient lists

The trailer is below:

The DVD also contains a bonus question and answer video with Dr. Lustig that is also worth the time to watch. Below is a 2013 TedTalk Dr. Lustig did on the same subject. It is about 22 minutes long:

Robert Lustig, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and the author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.

 

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