Is the Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem?

If you’re a regular reader here at me-dot-com, you’ll know that I rarely publish videos but when I do, it’s because I’ve found something that I believe might be of interest and value to the majority of my readers. I love this presentation and I love the honesty, humility and self-awareness of the speaker; Peter Attia (a surgeon). It will require a 16-minute investment (of today’s 1,440) but it’s worth it.

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Louise March 6, 2014 at 10:54 am

What a fantastic speaker. Such a thought provoking presentation :)

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Rissi March 6, 2014 at 11:36 am

What a wonderful human being this guy is! Inspiring to see someone take their difficulties and turn them into a life’s purpose.

There’s so much we’re yet to discover and until we do, best to just try and be well-rounded with the foods you eat because yet again, we’re learning diets could have side effects we were unaware of e.g. the recent study (3 year Charles Perkins Centre report) claiming that high-protein/low carb plans, whilst good for short-term weight loss, are not as beneficial to overall health and well-being as a high carb/low protein menu.

Enjoy life and don’t judge!

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JD March 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Bravo Peter, and thank you Craig for posting this.

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Evan March 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

I don’t think, for general advice we can get past Michael Pollan’s: eat food, mostly plants, not too much. (In his book In Defense of Food.)

By ‘eat food’ he means no junk. This handles the problem of excess fat and excess sugar and refined carbohydrates – the three usual villains in the western diet.

If researchers paid attention to the influence of the environment (people’s behaviour make sense in their context), there would be much less moralising.

Very glad to hear him pointing out that lean does not equal healthy and fat does not equal poor health.

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Anonymous March 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I don’t know if I’ve understood the medical elements of this talk. But I feel very sorry for the lady who not only was going to have her foot amputated, but had to contend with her doctor’s moral condemnation of her as well. This was a direct result of thinking there is a “right” way to behave (towards health: eat less and exercise) and a “wrong” way (eat lots and don’t exercise: possibly become sick).

However isn’t it likely that eating less and exercising WILL probably lead to health? So although this doctor feels guilty about his lack of respect and feeling towards that particular lady, in general encouraging people in this direction is a positive move – although in fact moral judgement is unlikely to bring about change, whereas empathy and compassion may.

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Evan March 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Hi Anon, I think the speaker might say that good exercise and healthy food is likely to lead to better health; but the point of the story about him getting metabolic syndrome I think was that this doesn’t always apply.

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Kristie March 6, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Amazing talk! I lost a heap of weight once I dropped wheat and most sugars last year. Aside from the weight loss the biggest surprise to me is the mental clarity and focus I now have. It’s unbelievable and this year I started exercising and ran my first 5km fun run last week.
I have more energy than every before and will never go back to the old way of eating. It’s just not worth it!

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chebbieanne March 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I found it interesting but not really surprising that until a doctor got the disease he was content to be judgemental. Happens too often. Blame the victim is rife medicine. Metabolic syndrome is a pain to over come and relapses are common as that speaker will discover in time. Treating symptoms and ignoring the disease never works in the long term. If it were simple it would not be a major problem. Managing a physiological problem is life long issue. We don’t blame diabetics and suggest they would be cured permanently with diet and exercise but that’s what happens to ppl with metabolic syndrome. It’s not the only cause of obesity but it is a significant one.

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Paula March 7, 2014 at 2:38 am

Wow. What a courageous idea – to address his former patient directly. It’s so important to see human interactions at an individual level, no matter what profession we work in. What I mean is, we must always be paying attention, not only to each individual we work with, but to our own thoughts and actions so that we can move forward, even if it’s after we’ve made a serious mistake. I hope I can be this publicly honest someday in the service of issues I find important.

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Susan March 7, 2014 at 9:19 am

Wow, Craig! That was amazing.

Thanks for sharing,

Susan

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Marcoss March 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

A very telling talk by a great communicator. The underlying message is simple, big food & big pharma are reaping billions of dollars by making us fat, sick & dependent on their medication. If you want to take this talk to the next level & discover more about cause, go to youtube & look for the 3 part BBC documentary called “The men who made us fat” if that is to fluffy for you & your interested in the science have a look at two lectures by Professor Robert Lustig on youtube called “Sugar the bitter truth” & “Fat chance”
Enjoy

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Talia March 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

Thanks for posting this talk Craig.

I respect this speaker. We only learn and grasp truths when we experience it directly. There are so much more to our realities and it is not always what we have been told to believe. Quite frankly, it is the opposite.

Body, mind and soul have always been interconnected and the one has an influence on the other. Thoughts, emotions, perceptions create our realities and our well-being on a body, mind and soul level. Not exactly something we’re being taught and reminded of on a daily basis.

Anita Moorjani, author of ‘Dying to be Me’ has experienced how ‘uncontrolled’ thoughts, emotions and perceptions have created her cancer and how ‘controlled’ thoughts, emotions and perceptions cured her of her cancer.

Dr Bruce Lipton, author of ‘Biology of Belief’ explains how thoughts, emotions and perceptions triggers the well being of cells in our bodies and why we become sick.

Hopefully there will be a healthy shift in the Health Industry somewhere somehow someday without continuing to blindly believe everything we’ve been fed as truth.

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lsg1378 March 7, 2014 at 1:04 pm

My mother is an insulin dependent diabetic. She also has irritable bowel, chronic fatigue … and a host of other ailments. I get the whole “you don’t do anything to help yourself” mentality.
While in her company, I encourage good food choices and maintain positivity and no judgement … but I know as soon as my back has turned she is into my biscuits, chocolates and anything else she can get her hands on. I tell her she is killing herself with a knife and fork. She isn’t going to change until she loses a limb … and maybe not even then.
She eats as a comfort, as a distraction, as a reward. Food is her drug. Regardless of the research, some people aren’t ‘available’ for medical help.

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Soph March 7, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Thank you Craig for taking the time to find this video and offer it to us. Also, thanks for the cry; I do love the benefits of a good cry. How refreshing to listen to such a genuine person. I do hope that Dr Attia encourages the medical profession to continue to question.

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Cathy S (aka Cathy Helen) March 9, 2014 at 12:28 pm

A presentation given with pure love. Loved it too Craig! :)

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Slim Birdy March 10, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Only had a chance to watch this now… brilliant in so many ways. The food advice, the not judging, the recommendation to keep an open mind, different bodies reacting differently to the same thing. Just great.

I, like Kristie above, have experienced a myriad of benefits removing grain and sugar from my diet and it feels so amazing that no article or science telling me otherwise is going to shift my view. Whether it’s suitable for others is up to others to decide by how they feel.

Thank you Craig for sharing!

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Vin March 19, 2014 at 8:28 pm

“Been humbled enough by what I don’t know”

There is a lesson in that one sentence for everyone.

Thankyou Mr Harper for sharing.

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