I just posted something over on the Free The Animal Facebook Page consisting of a thread over on Tom Naughton’s Fat Head Page where Charlie Shaughnessy alerted them to a Chris Masterjohn podcast (The Biochemistry of Why Insulin Doesn’t Make You Fat); wherein, Chris attempts to take down the idea that insulin is the main driver of obesity rather than, as I put it, eating and treating too much, too often, and for too long. It’s quite a brutal podcast, in the sense that it’s not so easy to follow. Prepare to do a lot of Googling, which reminded me of when I was in my teens and 20s and always read books—even fiction—along with a dictionary.
Reading through the discussion (see the 21 image clips at that link), I was struck at how folks seem to regard obesity as some physiological dysregulation when in fact, weight gain and the onset of obesity is a sure sign of perfect health and a body doing exactly what it’s supposed to do.
In other words, onset obesity is not a disease or a medical condition, typically, but rather the very normal, expected response to one consuming excess energy when and where energy is abundant. For instance, bears get massively fat over the fall each year. Perfectly normal. Energy is in abundance, they take advantage of that, and obesity is the proper physiological response. Their health is perfect and the fact that they can get so fat so quickly is evidence that they are in perfect health. Imagine if, for instance—in eating that near Epileptic Diet (aka Nutritional ketosis Diet) of loads of fatty salmon skin, discarding the protein for the birds—they actually got leaner as their calories consumed were in the tens of thousands per day? Would that not be a sign that they are unhealthy or have some serious medical condition?
The difference is, they keep their health perfect by sleeping off the obesity for five months each year so that they can repeat the same cycle.
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So, if you’ve wrapped your mind around this critical distinction I’m making, consider what’s likely to happen if people disregard it. Think about it.
This is why people move into these dietary dogma niches where “calories don’t count,” “eating fat doesn’t make you fat,” and “to lose fat, eat more fat.” Then, they post parlor trick anecdotes (if it’s not in a metabolic chamber, it didn’t happen).
Consequently, they have no choice but to regard the ability to get fat quickly as some disease, malfunction, or dysfunction. It’s got to be some hormonal thing and the most likely culprit has to be macro-nutrient ratios or something…
The theories go on forever and they go on so long that it eventually gets ridiculous. For example:
It boggles the mind. Yea, Jessica, just dump that chicken protein, replace it with a fat of your choice, more than twice as energy dense, and I’m sure your scale will improve immediately.
What’s the end result?
Endless waffling. Also, stomping of feet. You’ll see nonsense like, “the last 100 years prove CICO doesn’t work.”
The alternative, rational way to look at it is that the last 100 years demonstrate that CICO is a useful tape measure for approximating the too-complex Energy Balance Equation and it’s the insistence that it’s not, for why we have this obesity problem in a world of abundance—people not realizing that nature isn’t there preventing them from getting obese, as it used to be.
You also get posturing. After Charlie screen clipped all that stuff from the thread (I’m blocked, so can’t look…except with my secret FB account), he has subsequently emailed the clip from The Secretary of the Department of Meaningless Distinctions and Mixed Metaphor, Tom Naughton, going around splitting red herrings.
How and why are pretty much interchangeable and yea, why an alcoholic is alcoholic is because he drinks too much, too often and how an alcoholic is an alcoholic is also because he drinks too much, too often.
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Tom Naughton and Chareva Naughton ought to start losing sleep over how long they care to keep being jimmy moore‘s water boys and girls.
I wrote this the other night about Tom; unedited, as it was posted.
It saddens me. I know how Tom’s mind works, as a rather libertarian dude.
This is the wedge I drive, because libertarians hate to be a water boy for bullshit. Politics is just an outward manifestation of that.
When we showed up day 1 at the inaugural AHS 11 at UCLA, Tom bear-hugged Bea and told her that my blog had sold the most copies of his Fat Head DVD (I love the film) at that time (that’s what Bea told me, so it’s heresay, and I never “looked into it” to make sure).
That said, things went awry about a couple of years ago when I was on Chareva’s Fat Head FB group.
It’s a total disaster. Still is.
That’s the truth. I’d have just dismissed Tom long ago and trust me, I have zero interest in seeing Jimmy come to Jesus according to my standards. I actually firmly believe that Tom is going to find a better way forward.