I mean, seriously, people. The Dominion Post SCREAMED today, “Obese need help to kick addiction”.
Even if you buy into the idea that “food is an addiction” (yeah, just like oxygen and having a pulse) how is that even news?
Oh, right, because someone decided that Doug Sellman needed another 15 minutes of fame, this time to rark us all up about THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC WHICH WILL KILL US ALL.
Pity the facts aren’t on his side, like, at all, but apparently if you’re Doug Sellman just saying “a whole bunch of people might have shoes on right now!” gets you the front page of the [I assume] second-biggest newspaper in the country. After the Armstrong toy-throwing of last week, I ask again, what does a ranty bitch have to DO to get published?
Anyway, here’s some far more eloquent people taking down the usual myths about OOOOOOBEEEEEEEESITYYYYYYY (and unlike Doug Sellman
and John Armstrong, they include LINKS to actual EVIDENCE):
Fat Fiction – Fat people eat less than thin people
Junkfood Science – How we’ve come to believe that overeating causes obesity
Via Fat Head, a documentary – Why thin people aren’t fat
But I have only this to ask you, dear readers.
Are you seriously going to be swayed by a LIST OF THE MOST ADDICTIVE FOODS which seriously includes “alcohol” and “takeaways” in its top 10?
Not specific “takeaways”. Just all food which may be purchased in a handy carry-bag, apparently. Yes, that means you too, Subway, and you, Pita Pit, and Kapai salads, and Tank smoothies. You thought you were safe just because you followed the low-fat five-servings-of-fruit-and-veg party line! TOO BAD, up against the wall with you, right next to McD’s and KFC.
And … “alcohol”. That well-known food group.
Doug Sellman is going to say alcohol is an addictive food, make completely baseless claims about addiction (how very responsible of him), and publish a list clearly created by walking around the office saying “Hey, what’s the one food you are totally, lol, addicted to?” and you’re going to put him on the front page of the Dominion Post?