So I’m reading a newspaper Food and Wine magazine and get to the opinion piece at the end. It’s written by the legal counsel for an industry body which has nothing to do with medicine, human health or food. So of course the opinion piece was about food, eating and fat people. It seems that scientists have taken bacteria from fat mice and put it into skinny mice and found that the gut bacteria makes the mice store food as fat rather than convert it into energy. They are now wondering if the gut bacteria in some people might tend to make them store fat rather than convert it into energy, thus making those people with that particular gut bacteria have a tendency toward becoming fat. But they haven’t tested it on humans yet. So far so good.
But, the writer contends, they shouldn’t test it on humans at all. Why? If you are waiting for some sound scientific explanation, I’m sorry you will be sorely disappointed. You see being fat is all about what you put in your mouth, and “stop eating fatty!” He quotes “Fat is not a moral problem. It’s an oral problem.” Jane Thomas Noland. Two uninformed opinions for the price of one! So all those people who are fat but eat a healthy diet? Obviously gorging on the fat foods at home where you can’t see them. Can’t possibly be for any other reason than over eating.* How you can write an article about gut bacteria changing the digestion of skinny mice to make them fat and then say that fat people should just starve themselves is beyond me. Sure not every fat person will have gut bacteria that makes them store fat, but so what. If some of them do, and want to lose weight, shouldn’t they have the right to find out if their gut bacteria is causing them to store fat and have a go at changing the gut bacteria?
Is the real problem that if it is gut bacteria making some people who eat a normal healthy balanced diet fat, then you can’t blame them for their own fatness? Maybe he should stick to his legal arguments?
*Anyone seen an up to date photo of Australian author Jackie French lately – she finally got a Doctor to check her thyroid and when it was fixed all the extra weight she carried for years gradually came off, but she didn’t change her healthy eating habits or activity one iota. It took her years to find a doctor who would finally listen and investigate.