Thursday, February 03, 2011

The death of personal responsibility

A nonsense hat-trick from the Sydney Morning Herald today: Clive Hamilton on coal protests; Elizabeth Farrelly on food dangers; and Michael Valenzuela on food advertising. According to Valenzuela:
Sports stars spruiking fast foods are doing enormous harm in the obesity battle.
As if cricket viewers experience an uncontrollable urge to rush out and buy a bucket of KFC or a burger on account of the continual ads suggesting that they do so.

Well, maybe I'm the odd man out but I've watched lots of cricket over the summer and have yet to buy a single KFC or McDonald's product. I don't much care for McDonald's food and consequently seldom eat them but have several times thought that some KFC would hit the spot but have somehow managed to resist the pressure to rush out and buy.

I would however like to commend KFC for making it possible to watch the cricket on TV. Strangely, even though I have yet to succumb to cricket food advertising pressures, I'm still overweight. I'd blame it on beer advertising but I'm yet to see a single ad for the German and Czech beers I drink.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read this and you'll know why you are fat and how to easily fix it.

The science alone is very interesting.

7:11 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm overweight because my calorie intake exceeds my calorie expenditure.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats what I thought too, it has nothing to do with it.

Read the book.

7:23 PM  
Anonymous AR said...

No, Anon. People only get fat when they are taking in more calories than they are burning off.

That is the only reason, or at least the reason behind 99.9% of fat people.

This is why when you do gastric banding so that the person cannot eat as much, they lose weight.

This is why there are no fat people in concentration camps.

I am not overweight but I don't care if other people are, often overweight people can actually be healthier than skinny people.

What I don't like is fat whingers crying about how they haaaaate being fat and it's not their faaaaault.

Boo hoo. If you're not happy being fat, put down the supersized portions and go ride a bike.

It really is that simple.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Keri said...

Being overweight is often a symptom of having a mental illness.

Being skinny and married to a fatty is pretty much a sign that you can only get the mentally ill to like you.

8:48 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

Person 1 and Person 2 have the same diet except for the following:

Person 1 eats an extra 500 calories worth of mars bars every day.

Person 2 eats an extra 500 calories worth of carrots and brocolli every day.

All other things being equal, person 1 will be fatter than person 2.

10:03 AM  
Blogger Minicapt said...

449 cal in Mars Bar, weight 100g

480 cal of Broccoli, raw, chopped, 1400g
496 cal of Broccoli, cooked stalk, 1120g

496 cal of carrot, whole, raw, 1736g
496 cal of carrot, boiled/salted, 1610g

480 of beef jerky, 168g
I'd say, in the absence of a proper nutrition/science study, ... probably not.
Much of what Mr Taubes discusses has been propounded by the Atkins Diet enthusiasts, but a better source for such news would be the folks congregating at the



10:33 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

I wasn't advocating for Mr Taubes. In fact I didn't even follow the link so I don't know what his diet is saying.

I was just disagreeing with the idea that fatness is purely a calorie in - calorie out thing.

Your analysis does prove my point however. Chewing and digesting 1kg of veges will use more energy than eating one mars bar, leaving less surplus to store as fat.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Christery, that makes no sense. 1kg of mars bars would 'use more energy' to digest as opposed to 10g of mars bars, but that wouldn't make me thinner.

The only advantage of vegetables in the place of sugar/fat is the dietary fibre which would otherwise stop certain masses of weight being 'lessened' from the host.

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Chistery said...

Never mentioned eating 1kg of mars bars.

There are two reasons a mars bar will make you fatter than the same number of calories of vegetables

1. Vegies use more energy to digest than the equivalent calories worth of mars bars, as stated. Google "Thermic effect of food" for more.

2. Mars bars are both high in sugar and fat. The high sugar causes high levels of insulin to be released to prevent hyperglycemia. Insulin makes the body to into energy storage mode. So the mars bars goes straght to your arse. Further more, the insulin spike to lower blood sugar results in low blood sugar so you crave more calories sooner than food that gives a slow release of energy.

Lastly, fad diets like Atkins are bullshit. You need a balance of carbs, fats and proteins. Diets which take one out of the equation are not healthful. Carbs are essential for brain function and energy. Why remove carbs from your diet?

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You radically reduce carbs from your diet because carbs generate insulin and insulin instructs the body to store nutrients as fat , as do sugars(simplified version).

Look up the dates, the supply of massive amounts of cheap carbs and sugar tallies with the start of the 'obesity epidemic'.

re carbs being neccessary. simple answer = the Inuit, they had access to no carbs and didn't get the raft of diseases we get now, then traders turned up with sugar and flour, now they get those diseases.

re 'go ride a bike', I've averaged 7500kms PA for the last 3 years, and I've counted calories - cal in cal out only works short term and it would only be credible if the body was a closed system, it isn't.

I'm not blaming anyone else for my weight, I am simply giving you the tools to deal with yours.

6:23 PM  
Blogger Minicapt said...

Don't read the links, it's a free country. But then quit with the bullsh!t on diets you are unable to approve because your due diligence is undone.
In any case, you fail to comprehend what I presented, and that is your personal problem.


9:54 AM  
Anonymous AR said...

Maybe there's a reason I don't need to obsess about fad diet sites, while people like Chistery & Anon do. Why they're apparently overweight and spending much of their lives pretending to be eskimos or paleo-men, while people like me just get on with things.

To repeat what I said earlier, before all the woo, pseudoscience and not-my-faaaaault-ism spilt over:

"If you're not happy being fat, put down the supersized portions and go ride a bike.

"It really is that simple."

There's no trick. It's not magic. It's just common sense.

9:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet Chistery drink lots of cold thickshakes, because "a calorie" is a unit of heat, and since a thickshake is cold, it's calorie-NEGATIVE!!!

1) Whinge about being fat
2) Drink 6 thickshakes a day
3) ??
4) ??
5) ??
6) ??
7) WIN!!!!!

P.S. I'd go for a kilo of Snickers bars a day rather than Mars Bars. Snickers bars are EVEN BETTER at burning calories, due to the increased fibre from the peanuts.

And Frozen Snickers??????

OMG, you'll fade away to NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!

Science is fun, innit, when you can just make shit up

9:37 PM  

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