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Why Are We Fat?, Episode 1

Why Are We Fat?

by Will Sergeant Director · Mark McNeill Producer


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Simon goes to the doctor and finds out the bad news—like most us, he's fat—in fact he's borderline obese—and to make matters worse, he has type 2 diabetes. But he's not alone—world obesity rates have soared and so have heart disease and kidney problems—diabetes in the United States alone has increased an astonishing 900% in just 50 years. So how did we all get so fat so fast, and what is diabetes? Simon goes to the United States and talks to the experts including Professor Robert Lustig who tells him the problem is sugar and the food it lives in—low fat processed food that now dominates our diet. Simon goes to the supermarket, on taking a closer look at packaged food he is shocked to find almost everything contains surprising amounts of sugar. History expert Gary Taubes explains how fat has been demonised and sugar and refined carbohydrates got a free pass, which led to the 1990 food pyramid dominated by grains. We visit the lab of Professor...

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Why Are We Fat?


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