Soft drinks and fast food are not causing the obesity epidemic – laziness is the real grim reaper.
American professor Stephen Blair, who makes a habit of controversial statements challenging the conventional health establishment’s views, made his latest statement while in New Zealand to give a lecture on exercise at the University of Auckland.
He is the same professor who caused an outcry among dietitians and cardiologists for saying it is better to be fat and fit than skinny and lazy. In his words: “Fitness trumps fatness.”
He makes no apologies for the stir caused among health professionals.
“You’ve been sold that sugar is the source of all evil. The notion sugar is toxic, sugar is bad, sugar is poison is out there all the time, even more than tobacco, cocaine and heroin.”
Sugary drinks and McDonald’s are not to blame for the obesity epidemic, he said. Studies show sugar consumption is actually falling in developed nations.
Also, according to his calculations, the amount of calories in family-sized McDonald’s meals is the same as a home-cooked meal of chicken and potatoes.