Thanks, keehan, I’m watching it now. Here’s a running commentary with my input in italics.
They immediately say, “And obesity is costing the nation 9 billion dollars a year.” That means someone is making 9 billion dollars off the obesity epidemic. Perspective is everything.
Now, they’re announcing that obesity is merely genetic. That screws you like original sin, leaving you in a pile of shame with no agency to affect change on your own.
Okay, they’re talking about low carbs and ketones now, so I’m hopeful but I’m still waiting for the green light on bacon. Come on, people, come on…
Now, they’re lamenting how society calls fat people greedy. But they just implied fat people are forced to be greedy by their genes, so WTF?
A doctor is being lauded for his recommended diet that doesn’t include substantial fat and people seem to be struggling on it. Duh. Now, those same people are getting bariatric surgery as a last resort. Bacon, people, bacon!
Looks like the good doctor’s diet is only low carb, not ketogenic, and some patients are forced to add prescribed appetite suppressants because they’re not feeling satiated. Bacon, people, bacon! The doc likes them on meds. Has he ever had wonderful, glossy, crispy, salty bacon in his life?
Wow, this documentary spends as much time talking about bariatric surgery as it does dietary adjustment. It’s almost as if they’re saying these people are doomed to be cut open. Still no mention of bacon.
Over halfway through and still no mention of psychological therapy. I thought this was supposed to be about emotional eating? When are they gonna address the emotional component?
People are talking about how hard the diet is and how much they have to employ willpower to stay the course. This doesn’t sound like a ketogenic lifestyle to me at all.
Now the doc is saying that if hormone changes are still there after six years, they’re permanent. Is he high? Has he studied neuroscience at all? The body can shift dramatically on a hormonal level at any time in response to all sorts of stresses, life changes, illnesses, injuries, etc. and he’s got another thing comin’ if he thinks THAT chemical cascade doesn’t impact how much many people’s dopamine regulation is fucked up, especially people who used to self-regulate with food.
The doctor is telling one poor woman that her failures are due to her “genetic drive to eat” and he wants to put her on appetite suppressing meds to help. Come on, she’s eating cheat foods while recovering from a stroke in a wheelchair, did he bother to prescribe a therapist to weed out real hunger from emotional self-soothing and help her discover her own power and self-worth again? Shouldn’t that be the first resort rather than the last?
(sigh) Not one mention of the psychological impacts of sagging skin, sudden attention from the opposite sex, re-entering the outside world after being home bound, losing the physical and psychological buffer zone of fat, learning to self-soothe with things other than food, or the food industry’s complicity in obesity–it’s just one long video of people suffering through deprivation. Ketosis is given lip service but is not properly implemented. It’s just another typical public service announcement for old-school starvation weight loss.
Watchin’ these people suffer when they could be effortlessly succeeding on a true medical ketogenic diet pains me.