Friday, 18 March 2016

Obesity and Arithmetic

An acquaintance of mine drinks semi-skimmed cows' milk rather than unsweetened soya "because of the fat"!! She believes that she is making a choice that improves her health.
obesity facts - healthiest countries

I've tried to start a fact-based conversation, several times, but her response is patronising, overbearing and admits no discussion (power complex, bullying, denial, ... ?).

A sad state of affairs, but not uncommon. An adult discussion would clearly converge onto determining what the facts are. Here they are:

semi skimmed cows milk
total fat 2% (saturates 1.3%, unsaturated 0.7%
sugar (lactose) 4.6%
fats + sugar 6.6%
US obesity denial

Unsweetened soya milk
total fat 1.8% (saturates 0.3%, unsaturated 1.5%)
sugar 0.6%
fats + sugar 2.4%

The difference is stark!

It is frustrating that a story in someone's mind takes precedence over fact-based understanding.

It is more frustrating that an (unconscious?) urge to "be right" (dominate?) drives them.

It is even more frustrating that this is commonplace.

Obesity is a serious problem in the west, and getting worse. I hope that someone benefits from knowing the facts.


obesity, wellbeing, diet, psychology, health


pete said...

#fat facts are better than fat fantasy for curing #obesity

Anonymous said...

#bullying in #education Family of teen who hanged himself sue school for bullying bullying news

The family of a 13-year-old boy who took his own life after months of bullying is now suing the Brooklyn Catholic school they said did nothing to save him

pete said...

Interventions for Prevention of #bullying in the Workplace

Attempted statistical study

Objectives: To explore the effectiveness of workplace interventions to prevent bullying in the workplace.

There is very low quality evidence that organisational and individual interventions may prevent bullying behaviours in the workplace.

We need large well-designed controlled trials of bullying prevention interventions operating on the levels of society/policy, organisation/employer, job/task and individual/job interface.

Future studies should employ validated and reliable outcome measures of bullying and a minimum of 6 months follow-up.

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