I just watched a documentary on bbc2 called the men who made us fat, it was all about the dealings in the 70s with the corn industry and nixon and how the sugar lobbyists silenced a report about sugar and ill-health in the 70s and also against the world health organization as late as 2004
It explained how, when a recommendation for less fat and sugar was changed by the lobbysists to just less fat, a plethora of low fat products were created filled with sugar and corn syrup marketed as healthy
The show touched on how sugar was the main problem but still maintained that low fat was beneficial but they did mention how fat did not make you fat and how low fat did not stop you getting fat
The conclusion was that something has gone wrong with dietary recommendation within society as the obesity crises continues to cripple our health care systems. It essentially blamed sugar, HFCS and the unscrupulous industries but unfortunately it didn't say that fat was not bad.
Does anyone think it will ever catch up completely? Will dietary recommendations eventually be forced to change as obesity continues to snowball? Will the food industry eventually lose its muscle?
(here is a clip from youtube, I know you guys can't get iplayer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYVoYwU1-kk)