Several weeks ago I was sent “The Great Fat Fraud” from The Candence Group for review.
The author, Mike Schatzki, is a professional speaker and trainer. Two years ago he began doing research for a speech he calls “The No Sweat Couch Potato Recovery Program.” But as he studied the research on weight loss, obesity and health, he was astounded and mesmerized by what he discovered. It turns out that:
* Fat is not a disease.
* There is no obesity epidemic.
* Almost all of the health problems that have been attributed to weight are actually caused by something else.
Mike has a very interesting yet controversial take on health and “obesity.” He claims that the obesity epidemic is all propaganda created by the weight loss industry, one of the most profitable industries in the country.
I know, I was thinking the same thing as you right now. Nuts!!!?? Right? No obesity epidemic? How do you explain the rise in obesity fueled diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease, and even death!!???
from the book:
Perhaps Mark Twain said it best, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” And when it comes to obesity, what everybody “knows for sure” just ain’t so. So how come we believe it? Because the $58billion weight loss industry has been so fantastically successful in ignoring reality and selling us an incredible bill of goods called “The Obesity Epidemic.”
As crazy as I thought this was when I began reading the book, the author makes some compelling arguments. The weight loss industry is confusing, contradictory and sometimes just downright dangerous in with advice that is spewed out at us. There is always a study finding that X will make you lose weight and Y will cause diabetes, heart disease, and so on. Growing up, everyone believed that dietary fat was the cause of body fat. Then it was how you needed to count calories, or carbs. There are always new studies, and things are constantly changing. The Great Fat Fraud promises to not regurgitate out the same warmed over information you have heard over and over again.
This book has a very interesting approach to fat and fitness. The message I got was that the author was trying to toss out all the fluff, and all the information you were ever told. He says the key to health and living longer is not fad dieting, weight loss surgery, or even extreme workouts. It’s a more simple approach. …walking 10,000 steps per day and listening to your body. He claims “If you are fit, it does not matter what you weigh.”
Although I do not necessarily agree with everything that was written in this book, I do admire the no nonsense approach. The author does back up everything he says with scientific research. I do agree that continuing to diet will only raise your “set point” for your energy, and from the way our bodies are made, you will only continue to teach your body to hold only fat more efficiently every time you yo yo diet or try a new fad.
Mike claims that that the weight loss industry is the one making out like a bandit in all of this, and while this is true to an extent, I believe that the rise in obesity and disease will benefit healthcare industry the most and continue to do so!
We need to stop fad dieting and buying into quick fixes for weight loss. His approach with walking 10,000 steps is wonderful, and I believe everyone should do it, but as you can imagine, as a fitness professional, I still am not convinced that that’s all there is to it! It is a good start though!
The Great Fat Fraud outlines all of Mike’s findings in a conversational tone that makes digesting the research easy for those who don’t like minutia, but features detailed footnotes for those who do. Mike has even gone so far as to post links to ALL of the reference materials on his website – http://www.greatfatfraud.com/reference/ – so readers who are so inclined can see for themselves exactly what each study said.
I will be back soon with a new favorite recipe using my nut milk bag and a simple condiment that I share with Ella.
Also… hopefully (& finally long time coming) my “body image after baby” post! <—Nervous about that one :/