Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Nat Geo, Slavery, Sugar, and Why We Got Fat

This is the money line, which is a restatement of the theorem well articulated by Gary Taubes in "Good Calories, Bad Calories":
"Johnson summed up the conventional wisdom this way: Americans are fat because they eat too much and exercise too little.  But they eat too much and exercise too little because they're addicted to sugar, which not only makes them fatter but, after the initial sugar rush, also saps their energy, beaching them on the couch." The reason you are watching TV is not because TV is so good," he said, "but because you have no energy to exercise, because you're eating too much sugar."

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