Forward: I was IRATE when this happened, but after a little while I calmed down and thought to myself “look, these people actually mean well, it’s just that their science is wrong and their logic is flawed”, and I figured I’d come edit this article and remove words like “scumbag” for example. However I’ve just been shown that the person in question is writing the incident off as “organised trolling with no well founded counter claims”… so, whatever man.
So… it’s rare for a prominent scumbag to escape my attention for so long, and apparently a local one at that. Anyway I was on facebook today and as is the way facebook works, I noticed one of my highly respected international colleagues making a comment on Christine Cronau’s facebook post.
Now, I must apologise because apparently I am losing my touch and failed to take screenshots in anticipation of the most likely result, but I swear to god man, if you thought the “carbs are the devil” people were ridiculous and illogical enough already, this chick is taking it to the next level. What we’re talking about is a post not just saying “don’t eat carbs they make you fat” but actually saying… again… I am not making this up “fats do not make you fat. You can force feed yourself any amount of fats and it cannot under any circumstances result in fat gain”.
Seriously. Overeat by 3000 calories every day for as long as you like… if it’s all from fats, you won’t gain weight. Have you ever heard a more preposterous fairy tale in your entire life?
I bet you think I’m making this up, right? Well… see for yourself.
That video. I can’t even.
So… the comments ranged from people buying into this load of rot to some of my colleagues in the business posting some legitimate science that clearly refutes this outrageous claim. Now, of course people are all about polarisation and the idea of there being some sort of “middle ground” option doesn’t occur to them, so it soon turns into a “high carb low fat diets vs low carb high fats” argument. To which I enquired:
Why does it have to be a choice of low carb vs low fat? Why not encourage a moderate and flexible diet to meet people’s needs and satisfy their appetite without going into excess, rather than promote restrictive approaches that can potentially lead to an eating disorder, not to mention god knows what health consequences due to forcing the body to adapt to such unbalanced and unnatural conditions? other than that it is a lot easier to make money using sensationalist alarmism of course.
And for that… I got BANNED. Along with all of my respected colleagues, who’s posts linking to actual scientific and medical documents regarding how your body REALLY deals with carbohydrates and dietary fats were all deleted as well. What is worth noting is that a few comments such as “please die, you don’t know what the fuck you are talking about” were left up. So, verbal abuse ok… science from concerned professionals not ok.
Interesting, the “about” section of her facebook page says this:
All the information contained within this page is of the nature of general comment only, and are not in any way recommended as individual advice. The intent is to offer a variety of information to provide a wider range of choices now and in the future, recognising that we all have widely diverse circumstances and viewpoints. Should any reader choose to make use of the information contained herein, this is their decision, and the author and publishers do not assume any responsibilities whatsoever under any conditions or circumstances. It is recommended that the reader obtain their own independent advice.
And yet… contradictory views posted by concerned professionals, with links to scientific medical research gets deleted and results in being banned from making further comment.
As I said in conversation with my banned colleagues, I guess the truth hurts and SHITBAGS don’t want to hear it.
Let’s straighten this out about the insulin for starters. Carbs produce an insulin response. Protein produces an insulin response. Now… the suggestion that “you can’t get fat from eating fats because it doesn’t produce an insulin response” is the illogical extension of the “carbs make you fat because it produces an insulin response” argument. It doesn’t add up though. What are these people eating that they think ONLY consists of dietary fats with NO carbs or protein bundled with it? Unless they are just chugging straight olive oil I can’t think of much else.
Bottom Line: EXCESS calories get stored as fat. Whether they are from fats, from carbs, from protein, from healthy food, or from junk food… if it is in excess of what your body can find a use for, it will be stored as fat. If it is NOT in excess of the amount your body can utilise, it will get put to use! It’s THAT SIMPLE.
This vile woman Christine Cronau is just one more snake oil scam artist making money by exploiting vulnerable people with fake science and made up conspiracy theories about how food works, without a care in the world as to how it might effect their health or mental health. ALL bad information about diet harms people, and ALL restrictive approaches based on made up science demonising a particular food group are tantamount to the active promotion of eating disorders.
As I said to her in my comment which was deleted on facebook “you should be ASHAMED of yourself”.
I’m gonna ask one of my colleagues who are better with the scientific talk to do a guest post properly clearing all of this up.