Saturday, February 08, 2014

Saturday Stories: Hoffman, Beverages and Losers

A must read by Seth Mnookin in Slate on why Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is so scary.

Patrick Mustain in Scientific American covers the American Beverage Industry's propaganda machine.

Former Australian Biggest Loser participant tells us that 75% of Losers regain their weight, others have lap-bands, and that the show in general is a big steaming pile of manipulative BS.

[And in case you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, here's Publishers Weekly's review of my new book The Diet Fix (pub date March 4th, available for pre-order from your favourite online bookseller now)]

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  1. From the Mnookin article:

    "Regardless of how much time clean you have, relapsing is always as easy as moving your hand to your mouth."

    That's a sentence that could have also been in the Biggest Loser article. Mnookin goes on to talk about triggers -- walking by his old dealer's apartment complex, etc. Cosi in the BL article talks about his particular brand of obesity as the result of "addiction" (likely an overused term, but perhaps accurate for Cosi). I think about the ubiquitous triggers for him. It's not four or five locales in a particular town, it's an inescapable Disneyworld of triggers -- on TV, on every street corner, in every vacation spot, even at his church potluck.

    How we oversimplify the obesities. I am sad at the 75% relapse rate. I desperately wish that all the BL alumni would break their silence and stop the madness. God bless Kai Hibbard and a handful of others for trying.

    1. I have had a question to ask every since I saw your video of the debate about the Canadian Food Pyramid (or Food Plate):
      you spoke about grape juice being devoid of nutrients and equivalent to soda. Does that mean that it contains very little resveratrol or does that mean that resveratrol is not a valuable nutrient?

    2. Even putting aside the fact that resveratrol research is highly preliminary and far from conclusive, how much resveratrol do you think you'd need to add to a glass of water with 10 teaspoons of dissolved sugar in it to make it healthful?

    3. I agree that grape juice as sold in supermarkets is generally very sweet. I now drink juice that I buy in the 'health food' section of the supermarket that is simple juice without any sugar added, and it certainly shows in the taste. It tastes like very very dry wine. That includes cranberry juice, for example.

      I drink red wine very rarely and when I do, it doesn't taste anywhere near as 'dry' (which means 'less sweet' in wine descriptions) as the unsweetened grape or cranberry juice!

      BTW, the price of that unsweetened juice is comparable to the price of a bottle of inexpensive wine!