Thanks @keehan for sharing the links to the program.
I enjoyed the program even though I considered it pure propaganda from someone with a specific (and obvious) agenda to classify obesity as a disease so that the Aussie healthcare system will pick up the tab for more bariatric surgery.
I understand why some folks might consider it a step forward to see any examination of LCHF eating, but not when that occurs within the context of taking multiple giant steps backwards by further entrenching obsolete ideas about obesity.
Even if you have to please the special interests funding your film, it’s irresponsible to say, “There is no doubt that the epidemic of T2 diabetes is caused by the increased weight of the population” (6:32 in episode 3).
This failure to recognize obesity as one symptom of insulin resistance and diabetes as another isn’t just short-sighted; it’s pernicious. It makes poor people like Wayne focus entirely on the wrong thing (losing weight) instead of the right thing (changing his diet in such a way that insulin resistance stops causing so many problems).
Just before the 22-minute mark of the 3rd episode, we’re told that “obesity is a chronic disease” to which some of us are genetically exposed. This is 1) false, 2) misleading, & 3) disempowering.
It’s false because (as mentioned above), obesity isn’t a disease; it’s a symptom.
It’s misleading because even though some people are genetically predisposed to insulin resistance if they consume a diet of processed food, it focuses on the impossible part of the problem to control (genetic predisposition) instead of the easy part to control (the exposure to toxic foods).
It’s disempowering because it teaches the viewer that losing your foot is almost entirely about your parents’ chromosomes and not at all about whether you eat a big bowl of french fries as a daily component of your weight loss plan.
For me, the most unbearable moment came at 28:55 in episode 3, when Wayne, as he contemplates authorizing an amputation, says, “The best part is I’ve lost the weight.”
OMG. That is like a man on statins dying of a heart attack and smiling as he looks at his cholesterol numbers. This kind of nonsense should make us angry.
But the most objectionable bit of brainwashing comes a few minutes later (31:15) when we’re told about “Robert’s genetic urge to overeat.”
This is supposed to seem humane because we aren’t blaming Robert for being overweight, but the unstated claim is this: “Viewers, keep eating the garbage you’re eating–and keep your fingers crossed that you don’t have the same genetic urge as Robert.” This logic strips people of their agency, and it becomes ludicrous when the narrator adds that bariatric surgery “has liberated Robert.”
See? The weight’s gone–so the problem has been solved. That mentality of treating the symptom instead of the underlying cause is what will lead to lots of bariatric patients working themselves back to their old weight because they haven’t learned anything about insulin resistance.
P.S. Apologies (esp. to Keehan) if this sounds angry, but I guess hearing people say over and over that obesity CAUSES diabetes makes me a little . . . angry.