I’ve been watching the BBC series The Men Who Made Us Fat with great interest. I am angry, shocked and absolutely terrified of the amount of power food companies have over, well, everything. But especially the government.
I probably can’t tell you what it’s all about without getting my facts mixed up, so I’d strongly recommend you check it out, but this I can tell you. It’s amazing that any one of us ever manages to lose weight with the bombardment of food advertising and the sheer availability of unhealthy and fast foods.
I talked a bit about trying to get my portions under control in a previous post. This is discussed in the series, with research showing if you are given bigger portions, then you will eat bigger portions whether you are hungry or not. The food companies know this. And they use it. It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t make such an obscene amount of profit, especially at the expense of our health. It’s absolutely disgusting.
I always believed in calories in vs calories out, which in essence must be true, but there’s so much more to it than that. Here’s a little quote from an article in The Guardian that can explain it better than me.
“[In the series] scientists explained that the fructose in corn syrup was unusually efficient at metabolising into fat; that it could play havoc with the appetite, suppressing the hormone leptin, which in former days would be telling the brains of cinemagoers to go easy after a Kia-Ora and a packet of Spangles.”
So high fructose corn syrup has been banned, right? Nope. It’s cheap, sweeter than sugar so you need less of it, and the public are consuming it like crazy. How can we fight against all these massive corporations then? Well, for me, by not giving them any more money. I haven’t had a McDonald’s in over 9 weeks. And I’m telling you now, I am NEVER having one again.
The third part of the series hasn’t been shown yet because of the tennis overrunning (oh well, it made my mum happy) but I’m eager to see the last episode. I’ve taken a lot away from it already, and also on my banned list is having snacks in the form of sweet treats, snacking being an invention of chocolate companies. Absolute insanity.
In the meantime I’d love to read Pure, White and Deadly by John Yudkin. It’s about the consumption of sugar and the consequences of it, but sadly it’s out of print. John Yudkin was discredited, but it seems everything this man said has come to pass. I wish he had been listened to, or maybe I wouldn’t have 6+ stone to lose.
I do though, and it’s coming off despite the food companies working against us. I’m going to beat the system!