Thursday, August 13, 2015

A few diet related bits and pieces


- The above chart from the Washington Post shows how fashion companies have cheekily 'downsized' ladies clothing over the years, playing to people's vanity. In 1958 size 20 equated to a 32-inch waist. By 2011, size 20 equated with a 40-inch waist.

- Also from the Washington Post is this interesting piece pointing out that the importance of breakfast is highly overrated. I'm a long time repeat offender when it comes to skipping breakfast and am waiting for meaningful evidence to emerge telling me to change my ways. I've been waiting for a couple of years.

- An organisation called the Global Energy Balance Network has been receiving quite a bit of press recently. It heavily promotes exercise over nutrition as a way to a healthy future. If you look carefully, you'll see that the organisation has received an 'unrestricted gift' from Coca-Cola. The sum amounted to $1m. I guess it shouldn't come as a surprise that Coca-Cola will be doing everything they can to message a healthy lifestyle that doesn't involve cutting back on calories.

"Energy balance is not yet fully understood, but there is strong evidence that it is easier to sustain at a moderate to high level of physical activity (maintaining an active lifestyle and eating more calories). Not many people can sustain energy balance at a low level of physical activity (maintaining a sedentary lifestyle and eating fewer calories), as attempts to restrict calorie intake over the long term are likely to be ineffective". 

Personally, I have found it much easier to lose weight through diet, get to a good weight, and then ramp up exercise and diet to maintain energy balance. In response to the media criticism, the president of the GEBN has written, 'I can say unequivocally that diet is a critical component of weight control, as are exercise, stress management, sleep, and environmental and other factors. The problem does not have a single cause and cannot be addressed by singling out only one of those factors in the solution.', the whole GEBN web-site is clearly biased toward favouring raising physical activity, with only side mentions given to the diet side of the equation. It's just doesn't feel kosher.

Coca-Cola and Nestle also play a big hand in the world's largest obesity network, EPODE. Again, this might not be a swindle, but it just doesn't pass the smell test. The smell is one of misinformation.

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