According to the well-intentioned yet somewhat Barn-Door-Oblivious HBO Documentary Weight of the Nation, the Center for Disease Control tracks the beginnings of our obesity epidemic to the early 1980s.
What else happened in the early 1980s?
Among other things, we began pillaging our diets of the NATURAL saturated fat and cholesterol that stabilizes our appetite and enables us to build hormones and maintain endocrine balance. Hormones have everything to do with appetite control and satiety and health.
We stopped eating stuff that nourishes.
And, apparently, some of us (coughsciencecough) lost the ability to hit the broad side of a barn door. Is the problem not obvious?
Yeah, a lot of other stuff happened then as well. Many folks look at (and demonize) the rise of processed sugar as much as they demonize so-called “bad fat.” They demonize “chips and sugary drinks.” But it’s ridiculous to look at the rise of processed sugar and so-called “unhealthy fried foods” without looking at the decline in naturally-occuring dietary fat and cholesterol. (And the rise in polyunsaturated fats in the diet.)
Don’t even get me started on the disaster of Orwellian proportion (extremely appropriate, no?) we’re facing with the governmental interventions on our food systems that can probably be traced back to the total mania caused by our ridiculous manufactured fear of fat and cholesterol.
Oh yeah, and this:
The man some consider the Father of the Diet-Heart Hypothesis pointed out that, in essence, we may have been looking at the wrong damn stuff when it came to the dangers of cholesterol. If I had more than three minutes to rub together, I’d rant more. Since I can’t, feel free to do so in the comments. Be sure to link to anything YOU’VE written (or read) on the topic.
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