8 thoughts on “The Fat Lie – the real cause of the rise in obesity”

  1. Posted 18/08/2014 at 08:00 | Permalink
  2. Posted 18/08/2014 at 11:26 | Permalink

    I can’t find the statistics mentioned in that Daily Mail article, but they bear no resemblance to any of the official figures. The website mentioned in the article doesn’t look very reliable.

  3. Posted 18/08/2014 at 11:33 | Permalink

    The use of calorie counting to show how much energy is consumed is also, best dodgy. Not all calories are the same, and why how much energy given off from a foodstuff when burned should equate to energy absorbed by the human digestive system beats me.

    I’d also pretty much ignore the calculations for the number of calories consumed by the body during exercise, recent research shows that exercise can caused a raised consumption of calories by the body days later.

    All in all our knowledge of the way the human body consumes and stores energy is incomplete.

  4. Posted 18/08/2014 at 14:17 | Permalink

    I dispute the claim that lack of physical activity is reponsible for the obesity ‘epidemic’ and believe that the cause is over-eating. Of course taking excercise is important but, in my experience of slimming diets over the years (sadly, a number of them), it is reducing calories that has always proved successful. For physical activity to play a role in reducing weight and sustaining a healthy weight, it needs to be of significant intensity and duration.

  5. Posted 18/08/2014 at 16:26 | Permalink

    I was surprised to see that obesity in British children has apparently dropped between 2004 and 2012, from about 18 per cent of the population to about 14 per cent. This may be consistent with a declining intake of calories; but my impression is that many children take less exercise nowadays than was the case a generation ago. Are there any statistics on this?

  6. Posted 18/08/2014 at 19:08 | Permalink

    ‘The real cause in obesity’ and yet this is all correlation, no proof, no science behind it.
    Regardless of the integrity of the answers submitted in the nutrition surveys it doesn’t change the matter. Calories and references to the laws of thermodynamics (which refers to a closed system, we are open systems) are such a bad method of describing food intake. We are 37 degrees celcius, calorimeters produce temperatures much higher than this to release energy from food that is not applicable to the human body. Our energy’ is from the production of ATP.
    Hormonal, metabolic, and microbial effect due to certain food groups and lifestyle is what is most important to investigate

  7. Posted 19/08/2014 at 09:08 | Permalink

    I have for a long time taken an active interest in the kinds of ideas that the IEA argues for, and think that the “Use of Information in Society”, Hayek’s 1945 essay is an article that every person should read.

    What makes me skeptical of your work, and research such as the above on obesity, is that we do not learn who ultimately funds you. There clearly are companies that have an incentive to push the notion that eating has little to do with obesity.

    I would like to be assured, through your routine disclosure, that you have received no funding from such companies.

    Transparency should be the default. I believe that this position is entirely consistent with the kind of vision Hayek put forward, and would value a response on the substance.

    Dr. Hans Gutbrod

  8. Posted 26/08/2014 at 15:41 | Permalink

    Obesity, weather we look at calorie counters or not, the cause of obesity is easy – the food we eat is grown in soils that are very short on nutrients so, we need to eat more to solve the shortage, exercise is of importance of course but, 70%of the reason we ‘put on weight’ is due to what we eat. As I have said, particular soil conditions will make either a ‘normal’ crop or it wont. If we have a normal crop – which is difficult in most countries today as we all do not feed the soil with what we should. So, basically, we need to be fed with good, wholesome natural foods, that are grown naturally and when you find somewhere that does that, your calorie intake will be significantly less that 2000 calories per day. Our bodies run on nutrients & not on taste alone. Eating as much fresh, naturally grown foods as we can will solve the problem, we just need to also know, what is the best foods for us as individuals.

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