5 Responses to “Horizon: Sugar vs. Fat – Follow-up”

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  1. avatar Jacqui says:

    I’ve stopped watching Horizon these past few years as it has been so dumbed down. Well done chasing this up and sticking with it. How patronising is that?! I think if people have an IQ too low to understand the concept of muscle and non-muscle mass, they wouldn’t be watching this in the first place.

  2. avatar Jessica says:

    Well, it has to be said here are a great many stupid people out there, and the concept of what makes you put on weight escapes them. There needs to be a dumbing down on information to get people to understand that “Calories in, calories out” is just a useless phrase.

    However, all Horizon has done it to make sure that everyone who doesn’t know about weight gain are fooled into thinking that low carb is bad. After all, we don’t want to break down muscle tissue? I hate the fact that the government and the medical profession are going to get out of years of abusing their patients by slowly veering the attention onto sugar so by the time the storm breaks, they will be pointing at that instead of fat.

    There was a moment on telly which broke my heart. The “Behind closed doors” programme which showed an overweight gentleman having a consultation with his doctor. The chap told his doctor that he never ate breakfast, ate only one meal a day and was still putting on weight. Instead of considering his words, the doctor evidently assumed that he was lying and proceeded to make comments to him about changing to a healthy life style. Behind his back, to the camera, there were comments made about how people don’t want to help themselves. No wonder people look upon the obese with contempt – the medical profession certainly won’t stand up for them.

  3. avatar Graham Jones says:

    Many thanks for your follow-up, I too found the program interesting, and was curious about the “muscle loss”. I stopped eating what I call obvious carbs (rice, pasta, bread and potatoes) in a effort to lose weight after many years lowering calorie intake and increasing exercise without success. This effort has been successful and every two weeks I have been weighed on a machine that is supposed to differentiate between fat and and muscle in the figures it prints out. I’m unsure of it’s accuracy, it’s not as elaborate as the BodPod, but it has shown an insignificant change in my muscle mass.
    I think the problem with programs like this is that they are “dumbed down” for the general public.

  4. avatar Jennie McGinlay says:

    Thank you, Zoe, for being so persistent with the BBC. I have felt that Horizon has been dumbed down for some years now, but this programme really annoyed me. Horizon has become more of an entertainment programme than science, but these are serious issues and so many people could improve their health (even avoid an early death) if they were given complete and true information.

  5. avatar Tom Welsh says:

    First, congratulations and thanks for hanging on so persistently and forcing the BBC to reply. Their eventual reply speaks volumes about the BBC’s attitude to science, facts, and reasoning. Essentially, they are a bunch of arts graduates (and non-graduates) whose attitude to maths and science seems to be: (1) If possible, ignore; (2) Failing that, do some arm-waving and treat it as black magic.

    Thanks to your persistence, you managed to get past (1). Then you encountered (2): people at the BBC don’t understand maths or science, don’t want to understand them, and have not the slightest inkling that anyone else might want to, or be able to, understand them. Moreover, as they consider themselves several cuts above the proletarian viewers and listeners, a fortiori the latter must be even less tolerant of science. So the BBC treats all such topics as esoteric craft, which only initiates (such as Prof Jebb) can understand. You can see the same pattern over and over, for example with science (only understood by initiates such as Stephen Hawking and Brian Cox) and climate change (on which they believe there is a “consensus”, and believe that would matter).

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