Fatten the livestock?
Unless this is your first read of our blog, you probably know what we think about food and what we should eat to be healthy and lean. I ran across an interesting blurb from a 200 year old book while surfing around. Seems that even 200 years ago, some were on to the idea of what really causes obesity. Fatten the livestock with corn and grains....
"Now, an antifat diet is based on the commonest and most active cause of obesity, since, as it has already been clearly shown, it is only because of grains and starches that fatty congestion can occur, as much in a man as in the animals; this effect . . . plays a large part in the commerce of fattened beasts for our markets, and it can be deduced, as an exact consequence, that a more or less rigid abstinence from everything that is starchy or floury will lead to a lessening of weight."
--Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, from "Preventative or Curative Treatment of Obesity" (published in 1825)