Horizon TV - Peter de Vries - Victor Hugo - Walter de la Mare - John Updike - Orson Welles - Lydia Lunch -
Ten people are about to find out just how fat they can get. Thanks to Horizon they’re going to spend four weeks eating more than they’ve ever done before of all the foods we’re always being told to avoid. This month of gluttony is all to answer a question that Science has struggled with for forty years – Why are thin people not fat? Horizon: Why Are Thin People Not Fat? BBC 2009
Could it be true that some people can eat as much as they want without becoming obese? And if so, how do they do it? ibid.
Our fat is our body’s built-in emergency rations. And the more fat we have the longer we can keep going without eating. ibid.
According to this theory at times of famine it was literally a case of survival of the fattest. ibid.
Our eating behaviours are fixed from a very young age. ibid.
Different groups of scientists have different theories to explain how people’s bodies use up excess calories if they are not storing them as fat. ibid.
Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us. Peter de Vries, American humorist & novelist
Curiosity is gluttony. To see is to devour. Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
Oh, pity the poor glutton
Whose troubles all begin
In struggling on and on to turn
What’s out into what’s in. Walter de la Mare
In a way, gluttony is an athletic feat, a stretching exercise. John Updike, Rabbit at Rest
Gluttony is not a secret vice. Orson Welles
I’m famous for splurging at fast-food places. I’m currently obsessed with Taco Bell’s bean and cheese burritos with extra green sauce and extra cheese. Gluttony! Fergie
I think it’s important to encourage gluttony in all its formats. Lydia Lunch