Anyway there were two articles which cuaght my eye and gave me hope:
The Big Fat Lies about Britain's obesity epidemic
This is a good essay with three premises:
- Starch is making you fat
- There is no evidence that saturated fat is a health problem
- Exercise for weight loss is overrated.
The other thing reported was a diet used by Margaret Thatcher to lose 20lb in 2 weeks: basically a low carb diet - meat, leaves and berrys.
The Maggie diet - whisky, spinach and 28 eggs a week
Here is a quote from her archive:
MT in fact discussed the diet in an interview with the Sun on 13 March 1979. At that point she acknowledged weighing 9.5 stone (133 pounds) and was 5'5" tall. The Sun's reporter speculated on the political logic of it all: "After all, if a person can't control her weight, doesn't it occur to everybody that she may not be able to control other, more important things?"
There is a pdf of the diet sheet here.
Anyway, that last quote -
if a person can't control her weight, doesn't it occur to everybody that she may not be able to control other, more important things?
Reminded me of a study I saw last week, which seems to bear the idea out
An Experimental Study of the Role of Weight Bias in Candidate Evaluation
Obese individuals are evaluated negatively and attributed negative trait characteristics in several contexts including employment, health care, and education. The current experimental study of college students examined the effect of body mass on the evaluation of political candidates and examined whether the gender of the candidate moderated the relationship. A series of ordinary least squares regression analyses found an interactive effect between candidate obesity and candidate gender for global evaluation and for several trait characteristics. Specifically, obese female candidates were evaluated more negatively than nonobese female candidates and nonobese male candidates were evaluated more negatively than were obese male candidates. This interaction persisted even after controlling for standard political and demographic characteristics of the evaluator. These findings suggest that weight bias exists for obese female political candidates, but that larger body size may be an asset for male candidates. The ability of candidates to be successful may depend less on their policy positions or even party affiliation and more on their physical attributes than has been previously assumed.
Thatcher was right. She needed to lose weight to be viewed more positively