Live a little!
The Australian Bureau of Statistics just released findings that Australians are among the longest-living people in the world, with an average lifespan of 78.5 years for males and 83.3 years for females. The figures drop significantly, by 17 years, for indigenous peoples, citing factors of poverty and poor access to healthcare. By comparison, the wealthiest regions enjoy the longest lifespans.
So much for the “obesity shortens life” theory! The International Obesity Task Force has reported for years that
And so much for the dietary fat is deadly theory. The National Heart Foundation of Australia reviewed dietary fat and heart disease among Australians and in a 2003 issue of Nutrition & Dietetics reported that “current levels of dietary fat intake in
They also concluded that “dietary fat is not an independent risk factor for the development and progression of overweight and obesity” and that the associations between dietary fat and “obesity” reported in some observational, cohort studies was inconsistent, partly due to measurement bias and confounding factors such as physical activity. “No study reported a dose response relationship between dietary fat intake and weight gain,” they stated. This concurs with findings of Dr. Samuel S. Gidding and colleagues in a 1996 American Heart Association Medical Scientific Statement which concluded that dietary fat intakes are unrelated to body weights and fat people don’t eat more fat than thin people.
Dr. John Ray at Food & Health Skeptic had an especially humorous reaction to the news from
Or the Japanese diet, for that matter? Countries that seem especially healthy in one way or another often have their characteristic diet promoted as the secret to a long life. On the figures below, I expect the Australian diet will now be similarly promoted — a diet heavy in big Macs, KFC, chips (French fries), fried food generally, Coca cola and everything that the food faddists deplore. When will the world discover the health-giving wonders of fat-heavy meat pies and Vegemite sandwiches — to say nothing of Lamingtons and Iced VoVos? Pardon me while I duck out for a nice sausage roll — encased in flaky pastry that's greasy with fat! You can get them anywhere in
[Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters]