FFF 136: The Truth About Fat – with Anthony Warner aka The Angry Chef

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Scott chats with Anthony Warner aka The Angry Chef about some of the factors that contribute towards obesity. They talk about food environment, lobbying, messaging, food addiction, and more! Anthony is the author of The Truth About Fat.

Anthony is a chef and has spent years working in restaurants and hotels as well as in the food manufacturing industry. With a degree in Biochemistry, Anthony finds these diets and diet cultures springing around in recent years, where there are misleading claims being made about food and health. Eventually, he went into the psychology of why people are so inclined into false beliefs around food and health.

The Impetus Behind The Angry Chef

The Angry Chef was created to boost engagement and further discuss these things about food and health in a serious manner. A lot of people argue about what diet is best while he thinks all diets are ridiculous.

The Food Industry vs. Health & Wellness

The food industry and health & wellness are one thing. They’re big innovation areas that the food industry is spending a lot of money on at the moment.

The Meat and Dairy Industries

The meat and dairy industries aggressively lobby their products. In the U.S., they have changed their dietary guidelines in 2015, recommending people to eat less meat. The huge cattle industry in the U.S. obviously opposed to this, and so that was removed from the dietary guidelines. All this being said, the meat industry is one of the biggest parts of the food industry.

Contributing Factors to Obesity

Based on the UK population who had bariatric surgeries 50-60% of them are suffering from binge eating disorder. About 15% have a single gene polymorphism causing them to gain weight excessively. And other people will have various reasons such as another disordered relationship with food. For instance, they could be stuck in the cycle of dieting. That said, there are lots of complex reasons why people will be in that situation.

The Food Environment

People say they have this environment where food is readily available. And we have this environment where people find that healthy foods are difficult to buy. A lot of times, people in the UK are occupying the same environment and most people have access to a reasonable amount of healthy food; compared to the U.S. that has food deserts where it’s difficult in some areas to buy healthy food.

Addicted to Food and Sugar

There is no such thing as food addiction to a certain substance. But there are some people that exhibit addictive life behaviors around food. And so, people might develop addiction-like behaviors around them, but that addiction is not substance-specific. For example, people may have addictive behaviors around sugar. But certainly, sugar is not an addictive substance.

Positive Health Behaviors

Anthony encourages everyone to do positive health behaviors. This will improve your health. And the out stem project improves health outcomes, and improve the lives of people and empower them to make better decisions.

Highlights
  • Why Anthony thinks diets are ridiculous
  • The divide between the food industry vs. health & wellness industry
  • The meat and dairy industries
  • Contributing factors to obesity
  • Exploring the food environment
  • Are you addicted to food or sugar?
  • Developing positive health behaviors
Quotes & Take-Aways

The meat and dairy industries aggressively lobby their products.

People say they have this environment where food is readily available. And we have this environment where people find that healthy foods are difficult to buy.

There is an extraordinary variety of extremely healthy food available.

There are some people that exhibit addictive life behaviors around food.

Sugar is certainly not an addictive substance.

The answer is not making food less palatable. The answer is not making food less delicious. 

You can’t just impose stuff on people, you need to work with them to improve.

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Scott Baptie

Scott is the owner and founder of Food For Fitness. He is a fat loss coach, speaker and fitness writer with a masters (MSc) degree in Applied Sports Nutrition.