I've having a regular Paleogasm here!
On the first episode of BBC's 3-part series, they've:
- Had positive talking points from Lustig and Taubes, as well as former and current industry insiders regarding current food "products"
- Shown how Corn Subsidies under the Nixon Administration indirectly raised calorie consumption by making meat and high-calorie sweets low-cost
- Shown how Ancel Keys used nasty tactics to discredit anyone (Yadkins) with an opposing viewpoint on Saturated fats.
- Pretty much looks at sugar, and it's lobbies in a negative light (specifically how the sugar industry threatened the World Health Organization and US Government with withdrawal of lobby/research funding if their findings on sugar consumption as related to heart disease and obesity).
- Shows UK and American research regarding physical addictions to food and how food marketing exploits it.
In a nutshell, it puts the blame on a 30-year "perfect storm" of profits, lobbies, politics, and bad science.
I am pleasantly surprised with this first episode. Looking forward to 2 and 3 now. It's all stuff I already knew, but frankly I'm used to seeing "blah blah, less meat, blah blah, exercise, blah blah, fat people are lazy" and it was refreshing to see a "higher logic" reaching the masses (albeit on the other side of the Atlantic).
With a little bit of effort I was able to use one of those free UK proxy servers to let me watch the show in the US.
I use FoxyProxy for Firefox (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/foxyproxy-basic/) to simplify proxy server management. I picked the first proxy on this UK proxy list (http://www.xroxy.com/proxy-country-GB.htm), gave FoxyProxy the IP and port for the proxy, enabled the proxy, and then went to the page for the show (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01jxzv8/The_Men_Who_Made_Us_Fat_Episode_1/).
I only watched a few seconds of the program (or should I say "programme"), enough to confirm that the proxy was working.
A couple of notes.
With free proxies you may or may not get a reliable connection.
Episode 1 is only available for 3 weeks so, if you're going to watch it, watch it soon.
If streaming of the program is slow you can disable the proxy once the program has started to stream since supposedly the player only checks your country at the beginning of the streaming.
Yes it was brilliant. My daughter and I watched it together and kept bursting in to a spontaneous round of applause. Nothing new for us but it made so many points clearly and succinctly that 'ordinary' people, i.e. those who don't bother finding anything out for themselves and believe everything the government and food industry say, can understand. The best bot was when I think it was Robert Lustig said something like: if they (govt recommendations) are correct then fine but if they're wrong then it has been a disaster - look around I think we can see what it has been.
It was an enlightening show. Really looking forward to the next episode. Jacques Peretti has a blog on the BBC (as well as the Grauniad) about the show: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/2012/06/the-men-who-made-us-fat.shtml talking about TOFI (thin outside, fat inside) among other things. Harks back to the thin-fat bodies and the Barker hypothesis: http://questioning-answers.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/barker-hypothesis-and-thin-fat-bodies.html
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