Friday, 18 March 2016
Obesity and Arithmetic
An acquaintance of mine drinks semi-skimmed cows' milk rather than unsweetened soya "because of the fat"!! She believes that she is making a choice that improves her health.
I've tried to start a fact-based conversation, several times, but her response is patronising, overbearing and admits no discussion (power complex, bullying, denial, ... ?).
A sad state of affairs, but not uncommon. An adult discussion would clearly converge onto determining what the facts are. Here they are:
semi skimmed cows milk
total fat 2% (saturates 1.3%, unsaturated 0.7%
sugar (lactose) 4.6%
fats + sugar 6.6%
Unsweetened soya milk
total fat 1.8% (saturates 0.3%, unsaturated 1.5%)
fats + sugar 2.4%
The difference is stark!
It is frustrating that a story in someone's mind takes precedence over fact-based understanding.
It is more frustrating that an (unconscious?) urge to "be right" (dominate?) drives them.
It is even more frustrating that this is commonplace.
Obesity is a serious problem in the west, and getting worse. I hope that someone benefits from knowing the facts.
obesity, wellbeing, diet, psychology, health