Are your genes to blame if clothes don’t fit?
IN LAST Saturday’s Insider column, in the Weekend magazine, entertainment editor Seanna Cronin interviewed a professor who wants to change the way Australians think about obesity.
The health expert is featured in a new SBS documentary, The Obesity Myth.
Online commenter hang_em_high, of Mackay North, had this to say about the story: “Genes play a major part in the epidemic,” they wrote.
“I am not so sure. My dad can eat half a cow, a bucket of ice cream and top up on a packet of lollies. Me, on the other hand, only has to smell food and I start putting on weight.
“Although this only happened since I got diabetes. Before diabetes I was like my dad.
“My son had type 1 so I used to test regularly and I noticed the numbers going up long before the weight. In my case weight did not cause diabetes. In fact, it seems diabetes caused the weight.
“Most people don’t get tested till diabetes and weight are well established so everyone thinks weight cause diabetes when there is every chance it doesn’t.”
Also last week, columnist Greg Bray bid goodbye to the lawnmower he coined Mr Jinx and welcomed an electric model into his home. Online commenter BigBunny, of Lismore, warned Bray not to celebrate the purchase too early.
“Every mower-make has its ‘lemons’,” they wrote. “Often the more you pay the less you get.
“Electric mowers have their problems too, Greg, so given your past bad luck may I wish you the best with your newie.”
And Pollie Tickled columnist Michael Burlace explored the pitfalls of self-regulation for big companies and Aussie members of parliament.
Bullnt, of Mackay, wrote this in response: “And for these same reasons, multinational corporations and billionaires should be subject to regulation of some kind.”
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◗ Professor Joe Proietto talks to a patient in a scene from the documentary TV series The Obesity Myth.