Friday, May 13, 2005

Low-Carb More Popular Than American Idol

I'd like to thank one of my devoted readers for pointing a news story out to me that had an unbelievable statistic regarding low-carb that you may not know much about since the media has once again failed in its duty to properly inform the public.

This New York state-based Journal News article published last Saturday on the rising cost of livin' la vida low-carb revealed a statistic that I had not seen regarding the popularity of this lifestyle in 2005. In fact, if you do a Google News search of "Opinion Dynamics Corp", this is the only news story you will find with this startling information.

With all the recent headlines about the "fad" of the "low-carb diet craze" coming to an end, along comes this bombshell statistic that literally blows that notion completely out of the sky.

The article reveals: "The number of people on some form of a low-carbohydrate diet is at the highest rate ever — 15 percent for the first few months of 2005 — according to a survey done by Opinion Dynamics Corp."

WOWsers! Did you know about this? All I've heard from the media over the past year is how much interest in the low-carb lifestyle has been on the decline. But here is actual proof that shows this has been a lie (so what else is new from the media)!


Do you realize how many people that is? Well, since there are roughly 300 million people living in the United States, that means (if I'm doing my math correctly!) there are currently 45,000,000 doing the low-carb lifestyle in this country.

45 MILLION!!! Yeah, sure sounds like it's dying to me! NOT! But let's put this statistic in perspective, shall we?

Can you tell me what the #1 show on television is right now? Of course, it's American Idol, right? This music talent competition has been heralded by people in the television industry as the hottest thing in programming today. Do you know how many people tune in to watch this show every week? According to Nielsen ratings, there are about 30 million fans (myself included), or 10% of the American population, who tune in to see who messes up and who moves on. It's a real cultural phenomenon.

So why hasn't the same superstar designation been given to low-carb? After all, it has 50% more participants than American Idol viewers and yet the media gives nary a mention of the tremendous impact it has had on our society. The hypocrisy is all too obvious to anyone with even an inkling of sense in them.

Makes you think, doesn't it? What is the agenda of the media to purposely suppress information from the public that what would otherwise make national headlines day after day after day if it was ANYTHING else with similar statistics?

We may never know the answer to that question, but I'm not afraid to keep asking it until I'm given an explanation. Even if that means I have to do it for the next 50 years!

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Blogger DietKing said...

Once again, a terrific article, Jimmy. Kind of begs the question as to why low carb diets always take it on the chin, doesn't it? Hmm--I guess one would have to look deeper and see who's advertising their products to big media. Low carbing is here to stay--I kind of see it as similar to the Led Zeppelin phenomenon. I know, you all probably think I'm nuts, but hear me out. Led Zeppelin is credited with ushering in a new style of rock music--'hard'rock is one of the many terms used to describe this wonderful band's music. When they first broke onto the scene in 1969--maybe earlier perhaps--they were largely ignored by Billboard as well as all the mainstream charts--as a matter of fact, I don't know if they ever had a number one hit or even something in the top ten or twenty--maybe "Whole Lotta Love" came close, but I'm not 100% sure (I digress--but bear with me once again). So, in essence, they were ignored by the mainstream while they built up a huge, huge following--a tremendous fan base that also went unreported (simliar to the report showing so many are indeed following a low-carb lifestyle). Now, even today--over 35 years after they formed, they are considered the standard band for 'classic, hard' rock, despite the lack of hit charting or media attention. Now you hear them when you see a Cadillac commercial. Everyone knows who they are. See what I mean? Eventually, low-carbing will probably be the standard by which all diets/lifestyles are judged not only in terms of weight loss, but in terms of health improvement. Now if we could just get all these big food/restaurant empires to help us out here...

Adam Wilk/Diet King

5/13/2005 10:50 AM  

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