We’re not naturally fat. None of us are.
Either we have a medical condition. Or something makes us that way.
Basically eating too much. And our bodies absorbing it without need.
Except nobody is fat by choice. Going for the most fattening foods and scoffing double helpings.
Most of the time, we’re not even aware of it. Unconsciously chowing down more than we should.
Not knowingly, or of our own free will. Just driven by our bodies.
So what makes our bodies demand more than they should?
The hunger feeling is real and won’t go away – yet we’ve already had enough to satisfy us.
It’s like we’re being fattened up. Like turkeys before Christmas, fattening up for market.
There is a difference.
We’re just eating – or at least think we are.
But turkeys are deliberately dosed with growth boosters along with their feed. The same growth boosters fed to all commercial livestock – chickens, cattle, pigs, sheep, even fish. Stepped up and more concentrated over the last twenty years. But used by livestock farmers worldwide since the early 50s.
They’re all bulked up by regular micro-doses of antibiotics.
Which means so are we. And our daily exposure to antibiotics is total – the most successful growth boosters of all time.
The real Hunger Games
Drip-drip, the ghrelin hormone that switches on our hunger is super-stimulated, permanently set to ON. At the same time, the OFF hormone leptin is over-ridden, so we never know when we’ve had enough.
On top of that, the accelerated digestion in our gut works more efficiently, extracting more nutrients than our systems are able to process, storing the excess as fat. We still excrete the extra nutrients we don’t need, but retain far more than we should.
The cows and pigs and chickens do the same. Pooing out around 80% of the food value they eat – along with traces of all the vitamin additives and medicines in their systems, including antibiotics.
Their poo becomes manure, used directly or indirectly as fertiliser to enrich the soil and stimulate plant growth. Cereal crops, grain, fruit and vegetables are all accelerated in the same way. So there’s antibiotics in them too.
As there is in the grass, mown hay and feedstuff crops fed BACK to the same animals – more antibiotics micro-doses to quicken their systems and bulk them up faster.
Which means continuous micro-doses of antibiotics in all of our own food – meat and vegetables – the most successful growth booster of al time. Constantly ingested by our bodies with every meal we eat.
Fattening up like turkeys? That’s exactly what we are.
External influences changing our bodies without our knowledge – and certainly without our permission.
The blame game
So who should we sue for being fattened against our will?
The farmers? The antibiotics manufacturing companies?
Possibly, though they’re only doing their job. Our personal concerns are not even on their radar.
They are to our health authorities though – and they’re hardly unaware of the problem.
Not a day goes by without somebody from Public Health England or DEFRA or the Food Standards Agency voicing alarm about antibiotic resistance.
Our miracle drugs aren’t performing as well as they did because superbug bacteria are becoming immune to them. They’re learning resistance through overuse and abuse of antibiotics across the board.
Over-prescribed by doctors and used in industrial quantities by agriculture. 240,000 tonnes a year worldwide – accelerating to nearly another 70% by 2030.
Which says, yes – our health authorities KNOW about antibiotics used as growth boosters. But their focus is on the medical implications of antibiotic resistance.
Cue much hand wringing and corporate crocodile tears.
Our health authorities also KNOW we have a fat problem. From their own statistics they alert us to a growing epidemic – that two thirds of British adults are already overweight or obese, as well as one third of children.
They also KNOW the implications of obesity. The long, slow slide towards asthma, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Snowballing costs for the NHS accounting for 30 million deaths currently – versus just 700,000 for antibiotic resistance.
30 million deaths – half the population of the country – isn’t anybody minding the store?
And they know it’s a problem. Our Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies herself, warns that obesity is a threat as serious as terrorism.
Nice try, but not even close. According to the Global Terrorism Database, only 90 people died in terrorist attacks between 2000 and 2015.
Stack that up against the 30 million likely to die from obesity they are carrying right now.
Which gives us a lot of leeway, deciding who’s answerable.
Because though it never occurs to us, a lot of people know that antibiotics make us fat. And they can’t evade that responsibility, just like the tobacco industry can’t claim smoking is not a health risk.
The truth is that antibiotics make us fat.
Health authorities know, government knows, drug companies know and farmers know.
Just possibly supermarkets know and fast food chains as well. It’s the fashion now to claim foods are antibiotics-free.
One thing’s for certain though. We’re off the hook blaming ourselves for being fat.
We might be oversize, but this is a blame game we’re not playing.