Or is there more to it? It's been a while since I've learned that there was a lot more to the obesity and diabetes epidemic than meets the eye, literally, and much more than what doctors have been telling us. I'm very close with a few Type II diabetics, and do you know who I blame for their health issues, that will now follow them the rest of their lives? I blame the mainstream thinking that began around the 1980's and was perpetuated by well-meaning but misled doctors and our government. This mentality told us that saturated fat was bad, that fake sugars were a good alternative, and that cutting calories was most important. I fell for it for a few years, too, but I think I was just young enough that it didn't catch up with me, and thankfully I had what I now call my food conversion in my mid-thirties before it was too late.
I'm sure it'll be a looooong time before our government catches on, but thankfully some doctors are starting to realize that we're barking up the wrong tree. The doctor in the video below doesn't go into nutrition so much, but he is realizing that things may be different than everyone thought, and he admits that there's a lot we don't know yet. This short talk by Dr. Attia is very moving, and when he starts to cry, that's where he really got me. And then below be sure to catch the Fat Head movie trailer called, “Why We Get Fat.”
“As a young surgeon, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight and, he thought, thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to diabetes cause obesity, and not the other way around? A look at how assumptions may be leading us to wage the wrong medical war.”
Watch an informative trailer (one of my favorites!) from the Fat Head movie below called, “Why We Get Fat”. (You can get the Fat Head movie here or read my movie review and watch more trailers here – they're funny aren't they?!)
What about you? How has your thinking changed over time about the obesity and diabetes epidemic?
- How to lower the glycemic index of foods — hint, it has a lot to do with healthy fats!