Today’s blog is simply the privileged and delighted sharing of vital health information which has only just come to my notice. It is for those others who have not yet become aware of a book which may improve – or prolong- your (and my) life. If it does, the benefactor is David Gillespie and his invaluable contribution is the book Sweet Poison. Why Sugar Makes us Fat, published by Penguin in late 2008.
I am entitled to share with you the back cover ‘blurb’ of this opportune ‘whistle-blowing’ book, because it is available to anyone who sees the book in a bookshop. And because, in my opinion, it is very much in the public interest.
“David Gillespie was 40kg overweight, lethargic, sleep-deprived and the father of four, with twins on the way. He knew he needed to lose weight fast, but he had run out of diets — all had failed.
After doing some reading on evolution (why weren’t our forebears fat?), David cut sugar – specifically fructose – from his diet. He immediately started to lose weight, and kept it off. Slim, trim and fired up, David set out to look at the connection between sugar, our soaring obesity rates and some of the more worrying diseases of the twenty- first century, and discovered some startling facts in the process.
It’s Not Our Fault We’re Fat
* Sugar was once such a rare resource that nature decided we didn’t need an off-switch – in other words, we can keep eating sugar without feeling full.
* In the space of 150 years, we have gone from eating no added sugar to more than a kilogram a week.
* You would need to run 7km every day of your life just to not put on weight as a result of eating that much sugar.
* Two decades ago 1 in 14 adult Australians were obese; that figure is now 1 in 5.
* The ‘natural’ sugar in one glass of unsweetened fruit juice per day for a year is enough to add just over 2.5 kilos to your waistline.
* The more sugar we eat, the more we want. Food manufacturers exploit our sugar addiction by lacing it through ‘non-sweet’ products, such as bread, sauces, soups and cereals.
Sweet Poison exposes one of the great health scourges of our time and offers a wealth of practical and accessible information on how to avoid fructose, increase your enjoyment of food and lose weight.”
Your next step, if like me you have been unaware of this book for the past 9 months, is to do yourself and your loved ones a huge favour and go and buy the book.
However, for the ultra-cautious or sceptical, I would add the following further brief inducements.
The book consists of two parts:
Part 1 (130 pages) deals with ‘Why is sugar making you fat?’
Part 2 (60 pages) contains priceless advice on ‘What can you do?’
That is all I can fairly share with you, except to commend the author’s engaging writing style. How about this for an original Acknowledgement?
“Any mistake that escaped the Penguin editorial process well and truly deserves its freedom.” (p. 208).
It is interesting how news travels on the Internet and the media at different speeds, and by which conduits.
My first news of this October 2008 book was this morning (12 July 2009, at 8.45 a.m.) when the author’s spellbinding 15 minute story about his discovery was broadcast by Australian ABC Radio on a short but always edifying weekly programme introduced by Robyn Williams, ‘Ockham’s Razor’
(and there is audio too).
In the intervening 8 hours I have bought the book, skimmed it and checked its history via the Yahoo Search Engine. When I finish this urgent article, I intend to read the whole book and begin to follow its (already) convincing advice.
Although I was quickly convinced by today’s brief interview and, a few hours later, by a skim of my prized new book, I now know that this late 2008 publication was accorded the distinction of a TV presentation on Australian Channel 9’s ‘A Current Affair’ on 8 October 2009 (9 months ago).
I also now know that Mr Gillespie has his own website, to which you must now hasten.
Here you will find more information and a series of very active and simpatico forums, as well as references to Facebook.
That’s all from me, the mere messenger. Please go and buy yourself, or weight-challenged relatives, Gillespie’s book! He may one day get a Nobel Prize for Dieting. And if you act in time, you may still be there to read about it.
P.S. I am not a member of David Gillespie’s family. Just another sugar-addict, hopefully soon to be an ex-addict.