Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Smoking and Obesity

interesting comment in the Guardian today from the artist David Hockney on obesity....

Is there a link between the decline of smoking and the rise of obesity and diabetes? It's been suggested that with a previous "health" scare of fat being bad for you, they took it out of a lot of food and thus the flavour, and then, to give it some flavour, added sugar. This was 30 years ago. It turned out some fat was not only essential, it was good for the heart after all, but they have now given a lot of people a sweet tooth. This is why it is so appalling that there is no debate at all about smoking. Some people might be much better off smoking instead of nibbling. There are still 10 million smokers, now treated like very naughty children. It seems there is no free lunch, and the media and political elite look like the cause of it all, exaggerating constantly to people they seem to despise.

6 comments:

Kevin said...

Now there's a fantastic leap of logic...

Thomas said...

You have got to be kidding! Is it 1 April again already?

Anya said...

Stephan Guyenet talked about this a while ago :
http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2012/02/cigarette-smoking-another-factor-in.html

Yep, nicotine suppresses food intake, it will satisfy the always present hunger from the brain to get 'a fix' (overeating/alcohol/drugs/..).

Jim said...

Aerobic exercise suppresses appetite too. I think that would be a much better choice than taking up smoking.

Unknown said...

"It turned out some fat was not only essential, it was good for the heart after all, but they have now given a lot of people a sweet tooth"
This statement is so bad it's not even wrong.
No one ever said you don't need fats, and no mainstream nutritionist "gave anyone a sweet tooth. We already had it. This is nonsense.
I suppose "they" told you smoking was bad, so we "despised" people should start puffing again.
Pure drivel.

yourbuddy001 said...

Even if this was right regarding appetite, I've seen what smoking does to the lungs, skin and teeth. Not a good option