Et tu Tucker?
Jonny Bowden must have been watching when Tucker Carlson threw himself in with the lot who bought into that idiotic report that came out recently stating that obesity isn’t really a health problem, and that it’s, in fact, better off to be a little hefty. I can see why the simple minded or those who are a little hefty might buy into this, but Tucker Carlson? He’s not hefty nor does he seem simple minded. According to Jonny, who saw the segment–I didn’t–Tucker has a little different take on the obesity issue:
That the whole obesity thing has been overstated, and is a plot hatched against poor and unattractive people by the liberal elite Hollywood media who value being thin and attractive and are looking for a way to “stigmatize” fat people who, as it turns out, are perfectly healthy. In fact, he points to a related finding that he (wrongly) explains as “being moderately overweight actually increases life expectancy.”
Jonny uses Tucker’s idiocy to go off on the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), a supposed consumer interest lobby that is really a food manufacturer and restaurant lobby that I posted about a while back. I don’t loathe the CCF as Jonny does simply because I believe they are a counter balance to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), which is a pro-vegetarian, anti-fat, certainly anti-low-carb outfit.
If you ever get the chance to see Jonny Bowden speak, take it because he’s great. You can catch him at Bolderfest next week. He is one of the very few nutritionists out there who has good sense; he’s a huge proponent of low-carb; and, he has written an excellent book, Living The Low Carb Life: Choosing the diet that’s right for you from Atkins to Zone, that describes all the nuances of all the different low-carb diets out there. If you wonder how Protein Power differs from, say, the Zone or Atkins, grab a copy of Jonny’s book.
And read his blog–it’s full of good info and is a fun read. Jonny tells it like it is, and he doesn’t pull any punches.