Saturday, December 25, 2010

The "cornification" of our diets.

[Originally posted August 2007]

The media is awash about different causes of obesity. Just last week we were bombarded with reports on how diet foods cause childhood obesity. While I was planning to talk about how ridiculously the media handled that particular story, instead I've found something else that I thought was more worth posting. It's Peter Jennings' fantastic 2004 report "How to get fat without even trying", on the role North American governments and the food industry play in the explosive growth of obesity.

Thanks to Dr. Marion Nestle who is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University whose fantastic book Food Politics apparently inspired Peter Jennings to do the piece and thanks to Dr. Nestle as well for posting a link to the piece on her fabulous blog two days ago.

It's a long video (10 mins).

It's not funny.

It's a great watch.



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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:25 am

    It's all fine and well to blame "foods" however,... one of the people interviewed, Marion Nestle... doesn't look "thin" to me. She actually would be categorized in some circles as overweight.

    It's too bad that the reporting didn't go further into the additives like cornsyrups and other garbage that our body doesn't seem to process like a "normal" calorie.

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