Backhouse vs the BBC
No, don’t worry, I’m not going to be taking on the might of Great British Broadcasting Corporation (or at least I didn’t think I was).
I’m simply referring to my impending dissection of the following news article:
Watch the video if nothing else, it’s 1:40 long.
It’s an interesting article. Even if it does seem unclear who’s actually supposed to be the ‘bad guy’. They do briefly mention the real villain, but in my opinion it’s the authors of the article who are made to look bad.
The ‘contentious’ report from the British journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM) isn’t really playing down the importance of exercise.
It’s just saying that junk food is making us fatter than any exercise could ever work off, quite rightly so.
It also raises a great point that pairing garbage food brands (think MacDonalds and Coca Cola) with sporting events and a misleading health warning on the label is giving the wrong impression that athletes eat fast food, or it’s okay to drink sugary soft drinks if you kick a football about with your mates.
This idea that the government is then defending their own guidelines for exercise against these “rogue academics” is almost enough to make a conspiracy theorist think that someone was trying to protect these brands (who clearly pay billions in tax) from so called pseudo science that goes against the accepted guidelines.
If you read past the attention grabbing, sensationalist headline…
The essence of the BJSM article is that the food industry is making us fat, and sherking responsibility by saying they’re promoting exercise and sponsoring athletes.
Nowhere do the authors say that exercise isn’t good. They’re actually quoted using a gym staple soundbyte:
“you can eat what you like as long as you exercise. . .that is unscientific and wrong… You cannot outrun a bad diet.”
When I first heard this headline on the news yesterday morning, I already had a dozen arguments prepared in defence of exercise and weight loss, but I don’t think you need to hear them, because exercise isn’t actually under attack.
So maybe I am taking on the BBC, or whoever it is that’s trying to ridicule this scientific article, which supposedly decries exercise. Maybe these journalists aren’t deliberately trying to play it down: they’re just not very good at interpreting scientific data. Hmmm… Which of those is worse? You’re corrupt…Or you’re thick.
Either way, the truth is out there. The truth is that excess sugar, carbohydrates and delicious tasting and addictive calories in general are making us all fat. That’s what these doctors are trying to tell us.
But we all know that. It’s just that apparently the BBC don’t want anyone else to hear it.
So on that bombshell.
I am out.
Alex “looking over my shoulder” Backhouse