I saw the 2014 documentary Fed Up the other day which details the health crisis created by the sugar industry. And if you are able to see it (it is currently streaming on Netflix), it is such a powerful film. So much of what we are told about health and nutrition comes from people trying to make money, not from those looking to really help us lead long, fulfilling lives. This movie really exposes some truths about our collective worldwide weight problem, but also about how sugar in our diet is really killing us. This movie brings up an additional point that is rarely talked about. So the other day, I heard people talking about a colleague who eats whatever she wants without gaining weight. “How does she do it?”, they asked. “Gosh, she’s lucky”. Because, if a person eats like crap, but can still wear a small size of clothing, then there are no consequences to their bad diet, right? I mean, maybe it will catch up with them when they’re older. But that doesn’t really matter today! Flash
Well, I collected my 80 bucks for my role in medical history and went home. And in the back of my mind, I wondered, “How can someone be a “thin” fat person?” And since I looked good enough, I didn’t give it much more thought than that. It wasn’t until I was earning my nutrition degree that I started to learn about the very prevalent problem of being “thin” fat. And unfortunately, diagnosing it isn’t always as easy as
So what can we learn from this ?
1. The foods most at blame
2. There is no such thing as getting away with “eating like crap”. The majority of people who eat high sugar, high junk food diets are suffering from the same health concerns that are usually associated with obesity. The fat is just wrapped around their internal organs which, to me, sounds way scarier than having fat on my thighs. The bottom line is that a diet full of good quality protein,
3. It is up to us to protect the next generation. What chance does a baby have when they are addicted to sugar by the time they are 6 months or 1 years old. Even moms who breastfeed can inadvertently set up their child for fat problems because of the high levels of sugar in their own diets. We need to become vigilant about identifying sources of sugar added into foods and helping kids stay away from these foods in their very early years. Because, if a kid is eating a “healthy” turkey sandwich on sugar-filled bread, applesauce with added sugar, and a whole grain cereal full of the sweet stuff, we have a sugar addict even before we add candy and cookies into their diet.
Eating healthy shouldn’t be just about vanity.
In reality, fat surrounding someone’s internal organs is pretty ugly anyway. And we should really stop judging people who are fat because many thin people suffer from the same internal imbalance. I