So what is this junk food stuff, exactly?
Unhealthy? Bad for you?
Gives you high blood pressure? Makes you swell up and burst?
A McDonalds McDouble, for instance.
If it’s so bad, how come it’s been called ‘the cheapest, most nutritious and bountiful food that has ever existed in human history’?
The good bad stuff
Wow, that’s seriously bad.
Bad because it’s good. So good that the McDonalds people force you at gunpoint to have two at once. And if you don’t eat them, you die of lead poisoning.
Eating two of course, is more than your body needs. Keep going like that and no wonder we’re all fat like two-thirds of us are.
Which is the reality of course.
It’s not “junk food” that makes us fat. It’s eating too much of the stuff.
Too much of those cheap , nutrition-rich, hunger-busting fast foods that are everybody’s on-the-go favourite. Grab ’em and eat ’em, just as you like – burgers, hot dogs, fish & chips, pizza, kebabs, sliders, sandwiches – they all fill you up in minutes.
Same thing with Coke. Buy two, or the Coca-Cola people will chase you down the street with a knife. Make that the two-litre bottle, they’re not playing around. And drinking that much in one go will make you fat too.
And there’s the proof, see? That junk food will be the death of us. At least so says the latest report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Child Health.
Nice try, but not true.
If it were, we’d have all been fat decades ago. From 1940, when the first McDonalds opened. Or 1892, when Coca-Cola started.
Sure, there were fat people around then, but not like there are now. Back in those days, most of us were slim. Thin as a rake, and pretty with it.
Same thing in the 50s. And the 60’s. The 70s, the 80’s and even the 90’s.
We ate fast food in those days too. And drank Coke. Yet somehow we never got fat. The typical British male was just over 5ft 7in tall, weighed 11st 6lbs, had a chest of 37 inches, a waist of 34 inches, wore size seven shoes and had a collar size of 14.
Sound fat to you?
Yes, we guzzled the stuff and enjoyed it. But never too much, like we do now.
So what’s different? What’s the CAUSE? What’s suddenly making us eat too much in the last twenty years?
“Ooh , er… lifestyle” say the medics, clutching at straws.
What, we didn’t have telly in those days? No Corrie, no Fawlty Towers, no Dr Who, no Steptoe?
And we didn’t have computers? No Atari, no Amstrad, no Apple, no Commodore Vic?
Alongside McDonalds and Coke and all the others of course?
Either that’s porkies, or the wrong end of the stick.
And since the Royal College would NEVER be anything but upright and honest, it has to be the stick thing.
So what’s happened in the last twenty years to make us eat too much now?
The awful answer
Ask the medics, because they already know the answer. They just don’t want to face the consequences of living with it.
There’s a whole INDUSTRY of making bodies eat too much. It’s worldwide too, in every modern country.
It’s called growth promoting, and it’s used in food production everywhere you can think of.
It started slow at first, a side effect of the miracle breakthrough of the Twentieth Century, antibiotics. Researchers found that small doses, fed regularly to livestock, caused them to bulk up and develop at lightning speed compared to ordinary farm animals.
Scientists weren’t sure WHY it happened, they only knew it did. Something that accelerated the body’s “I’m hungry” ghrelin hormone and suppressed the “I’ve had enough” leptin one.
Farmers couldn’t believe their luck. And with world population rocketing from 2½ billion back in the 50s to the 7½ billion we are now, they didn’t hang about. All those people needed feeding, and how. Boom time!
Growth boosters worldwide
OK, it took a while to get organised. Farms were small in the 50s, family-run businesses, unchanged for generations. Big money changed all that. First, broiler houses for chickens, factory farms on an industrial scale – and latest, the big-bucks CAFOs, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations.
ALL of them shovelling in antibiotics like it was going out of fashion. 240,000 tonnes of them every year, worldwide. Poultry, cattle, sheep, pigs, fish – everything. Plant crops and vegetables too. Fertilised by manure from those same animals.
Growth boosters, get it? Ghrelin ON, leptin OFF. Eat, eat, eat, stop messing about.
So guess what? Just about every food type in your supermarket became laced through with the most successful growth booster ever invented. And we gobble them, mini-dose by mini-dose with every mouthful. Turning on our own ghrelin and turning off our own leptin.
Eat, eat and overeat – because our bodies HAVE too. The junk food myth.
Which means a fat lot of good sugar tax and banning fast food adverts in TV is going to achieve. Like tax on cigarettes never stopped smokers – and tax on alcohol never stopped boozers – us fatties are going to keep munching anyway, no matter how hard the Royal College try to stop us.
Not that they will. Their view on antibiotics is firmly fixed in another direction – antimicrobial resistance. Because of overuse and abuse of antibiotics for anything and everything, bacteria are increasingly becoming immune to our miracle life-savers.
Which puts modern medicine in total jeopardy. Just about every major medical procedure is rapidly becoming impossible because the antibiotics don’t work. No less a person than Dr Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer, has voiced that we are poised at a new Dark Ages.
No more heart transplants, hip replacements or caesarean births – in our lifetime we could any of us die from a paper cut.
None of which helps obesity – which is its own road to a slow and unpleasant death. Asthma, limb amputations, heart disease and cancer are all waiting in follow-up. And two-thirds of us are already on the way.
Yes, we can give up antibiotics. Stop eating the foods that contain them, like the all-natural, organic brigade. Not just the junk food but everything. Expensive – but doable.
But then we’ll need to up our game on hygiene. Because the only way to stay healthy will be to avoid germs altogether. Wash hands all the time, sterilise everything – stay out of trouble before it starts. Doable – and NOT expensive. We just need to overcome our laziness.
There’s only one problem. There’s 5 billion more of us than there were back in the 50s. We still need the 19 billion chickens, 1.4 billion cattle, 1 billion pigs and 1 billion sheep that currently feed us – and the antibiotics that keep them alive as well as fatten them. Forced production farming is so intensive, animals live on top of each other in appalling hygiene conditions.
Nope, we can’t all eat organic. There’s not enough land or produce to sustain us.
Our glorious end
Maybe all those big mouth politicians with their nuclear button-pressing threats have the answer. One press and foops! We don’t have to worry any more.
What was that Peter Sellers movie? Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. Appropriately, to quote Col. Bat Guano: “You’re gonna have to answer to the Coca-Cola company.”
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