The “Low Fat” deception that is making America fat

(Updated Novemeber 8, 2014)

Please watch the documentary Fed Up, available on Netflix.  Description from Netflix: “Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes behind the epidemic, including the marketing strategies of major U.S. food producers.” Official website of the movie Fed Up:

Program Summary

The Problem:

Highly processed sugary foods are addictive and are making Americans fat and sick. Americans are consuming far more sugar than is healthy.  Source: World Health Organization TRS 916. The problem starts in childhood.

The Root Cause:

Processed and fast food giants are harming Americans intentionally sell us habit-forming and disease-causing foods through sophisticated and deceptive marketing.


  • Increased awareness of food industry tactics
  • Going to farmers’ markets instead of supermarkets. For example, Bostonian can buy real food at the Copley Square Farmer’s Market (footage of recent visit here).
  • Buying real food
  • Cooking at home
  • Stop buying processed foods!

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Original post (June 16, 2012)

Foods that have labels saying they are “low fat” are usually high in sugar. Sugary foods makes people fatter than fatty foods — in other words, a person who eats bacon and whole milk but avoids sugar, is generally going to be thinner than the person who eats donuts and Coca-Cola. Most of the sugar in our foods today comes from high fructose corn sugar (HFCS).  “Endocrinologist Robert Lustig was one of the first to recognise the dangers of HFCS but his findings were discredited at the time. Meanwhile a US Congress report blamed fat, not sugar, for the disturbing rise in cardio-vascular disease and the food industry responded with ranges of ‘low fat’, ‘heart healthy’ products in which the fat was removed – but the substitute was yet more sugar.” Read the BBC Story “The Men Who Made Us Fat,” here.

There is entire industry aimed at making America thin – but unfortunately, it too is largely rooted in deception.

Below are some real ways to lose weight that should work for most healthy people (I am a lawyer, not a doctor – so please check with your doctor before making any changes to your to lifestyle or diet).

  • don’t waste money on “weight loss” pills, and fad diets
  • stop eating sugary foods and snacks
  • eat healthy food instead of junk food
  • exercise regularly (running, weight-training, or some kind of sport; aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day).
  • keep a food diary (reduces over-eating)
  • sleep 8 hours every night
  • reduce stress in your daily life



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6 responses to “The “Low Fat” deception that is making America fat

  1. Robin Mills

    On “The men who made us fat” why does the host have to be shown eating the very products that the programme appears to be highlighting as harmful?
    To show this implies that even the nice man on the telly does it so it must be just health freaks that worry about children over eating and becoming useless fat adults.
    Have some sort of backbone BBC2 and at least appear to be neutral in reporting.

  2. Angela Norris

    I didn’t watch the programme but I’ve just read about this on the BBC news. Its obscene. What do they do with all the left over food? It just makes me think of all the starving people there are in the world and people are creating AND eating disgusting amounts of food like this. There are more people on this planet than ever before and food is being wasted like this. Its disgraceful.

  3. Luke Asher

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought this!

  4. Pgowers

    This programme should be shown in Doctors waiting rooms lets get the message across

  5. Kaesar

    If you think waste food is obscene, you must do something , take a look to these people in Madrid (Spain)

    They collect food in good condition from garbage to feed the people.

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