Yes, we’re all getting fat. Us and our kids together.
In the last 20 years, something has started us. And since then we’re getting fatter and fatter.
Not from sugary drinks either, so a sugar tax will never work.
Just like it hasn’t worked in Mexico – a ho-hum failure after all the ra-ra.
Once upon a time, we were thin
We never used to be like this. Back in the 90s, we were all pretty trim. In the 80s and 70s, we were practically skinny.
But now, today, we’re a bunch of bulging porkers.
That’s 130 years after Coca Cola was invented (1886). 89 years after Lucozade (1927). And 70 years after Irn Bru (1946).
A few realities for the sugar taxers.
We were not fat when Coke started in the Nineteenth Century. We were not fat for most of the Twentieth Century, during which a whole slew of other popular drinks started.
Not in the 50s. Not in the 60s. Not in the 70s. And only some of us in the 80s.
So it’s not sugary drinks doing it. If Coke was the culprit, how come none of this getting fat business showed up in the first hundred years?
Fatter and fatter
But we ARE definitely getting fat.
And here’s the score. Two thirds of UK adults are already overweight or obese. So are one third of our kids.
OK, so try this little experiment.
Get yourself two 2-litre bottles of whichever of Public Health England’s super-bad guys you fancy. Now chug those two bottles, one after the other, all in one go.
Can’t be done, can it? Your body won’t let you. Too much of a good thing, your system can’t handle it. Which is natural, right? The body says NO to too much. In this case, too much bulk. There’s not enough space.
Which is what it’s supposed to do.
The same process works with everything we eat and drink. The body knows what it wants – and how much it wants. And shuts off when it’s had enough – satisfied.
But just look at us. We ARE getting fat when we’re not supposed to. Especially kids.
The body’s NO switch is glitched and keeps saying YES. Nothing to do with Coke. How come?
The real villain
You’re not going to like this. Because it starts when worried Mums first take us to the doctor – fever, swollen glands and glazed eyes. Do something, do something, give us special medicine.
It’s when we first started on antibiotics.
Antibiotics, hmm. Always an iffy question with kids. But antibiotics are miracle drugs, so we push for them. And these days we strong-arm our GPs so much that 10 million of all prescriptions written out for antibiotics are unnecessary.
Worse, as helicopter parents, we keep pushing antibiotics over and over. Sniff, sniff, antibiotics. Teensy tummy problem, antibiotics. So for example, by the time they’re 20, the average American child has had antibiotics SEVENTEEN times.
Which leads us to the awkward truth that most doctors know but prefer not to talk about. That children given antibiotics by the age of two are likely to become obese by the time they’re five.
Somehow antibiotics switch their metabolism so they DO drink too many sugary drinks. AND eat too much pizza. AND pig out on burgers with double fries. AND all the other high octane power foods people eat on the go when time is short.
Power food and drink
High octane foods, right? Not “junk”. There’s nothing bad in them to make the body ill. And there’s nothing wrong with the nutrition packed into them either. They just pack more of a charge than other foods – a super-quick boost that satisfies hunger fast.
Which is what the body goes for when its hunger switch says YES. Fill up now – quick, quick.
There might be no need, but that is what the hunger switch says. Go, Go, Go! And a burger you can eat with one hand walking down the street. A quick, high-nutrition charge in minutes.
So we’re getting fat, not because pop foods and drink are bad for us, but because our hunger switch is jammed on YES. We keep eating and keep eating. And like the drink-chugging experiment we tried a moment ago, we only stop when there’s physically no space for more.
All of which we can thank antibiotics for. And this getting fat business is no joke. Because our miracle drugs are the cause of a world-wide obesity epidemic that is rapidly taking us over.
How can we be so sure?
Super growth boosters
Well, who uses antibiotics?
The medical sector, yes. But did you know that around 80% of antibiotics used world-wide are actually used on farms to feed to livestock? 240 THOUSAND TONNES of them every year.
And do you know why?
Since antibiotics were first discovered, their major use has been as GROWTH BOOSTERS. They’re fed to animals to fatten them up. Make them develop bigger, meatier, faster.
Exactly what happens with us.
Every year they’re shovelled into the 1.4 billion cattle, 19 billion chickens, 1 billion sheep and 1 billion pigs that feed us. Vitally necessary to sustain the 7½ billion human beings we have become since our 2½ billion only 50 years ago. A rocketing threefold increase only possible through antibiotics.
And that’s why we’re getting fat.
Every day, every mouthful
Our starting shove is antibiotics we get from the quack while we’re small. Followed by daily top-up doses from the meat we eat laced with antibiotic residues.
And not just meat. The same animals’ manure fertilises our plant crops, so there’s antibiotics in all the fruit, grain and vegetables we eat too.
Because our metabolisms are so similar, our bodies respond like the animals do. They get fat, so we get fat. And with constant antibiotics in our ongoing diets, we keep getting fatter and fatter. Short of ignoring our bodies and eating less, there is no way to avoid it.
Which is why the whole sugar tax thing makes no sense. It’s treating symptoms, not cause. We might just as well tax spinach, or milk, or sausages. Choose any category, let’s tax that.
Yes, we eat and drink too much – but that’s everything across the board, not just sugary stuff.
The real issue is to control our antibiotics intake.
Next to impossible with the demands on world food supplies. Without them, production would fall to the way they were 50 years ago – and 5 billion people would go hungry.
In other words, keep using antibiotics or starve. Big problems for the medics, big problems for the farmers. But until our leaders sort that one out, we’re going to keep getting fat.
Can we top up your Coke?
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Originally posted 2016-12-09 14:26:59.