In a 2010 article, the Daily Telegraph reported that only 1 percent of English men and 2 percent of English women were classed as obese in the 1960s compared with 25.2 percent of men and 27.7 percent of men in 2010. At the end of the 1950s, the average man weighed 65kg and the average woman was 55kg, but 60 years later that had climbed to 83.6kg and 70.2kg.
According to an article in the Guardian newspaper, people are 20kg heavier on average than we were in the ’60s, and not because we’re eating more or exercising less, but because unwittingly we became sugar addicts. Here it is:
This article previews a four part BBC television series called The Men Who Made Us Fat which is well worth watching if you want to understand why I believe that going without sugar for August is worthwhile.