Friend and fellow blogger Connie Bennett today is just tickled pink!
After having the opportunity to be filmed for a major television appearance on CBS-TV a couple of weeks ago, her big moment in the spotlight came last Sunday morning when CBS News Sunday Morning ran their story on sugar with Connie as a featured "expert." WOO HOO! We're so proud of you, Connie!
I was very impressed by this story and the truth that was shared by host Susan Spencer. It would be difficult for anyone to come away from that compelling eight or so minutes of video and NOT be forced to think about what impact sugar is having on their life. And that's why Connie is so happy!
Did you miss it somehow? If so, then don't worry! There's an entire transcript of the segment as well as a video available for you to watch it while you are there.
One thing that Christine and I both kinda rolled our eyes at was when they did what every story on obesity tends to do--showing fat people from the neck down. How embarrassing! Oh well, at least those people didn't have a head...er, so to speak!
I LOVED most of the experts and Connie was FABULOUS! But that representative named Melanie Miller with the American Sugar Association needed to have her head screwed on a little tighter. First she admits that even SHE has no idea how much sugar is in some food (and she works for the AMERICAN SUGAR ASSOCIATION!!!). Even still, she confidently exclaimed that sugar isn't the problem--eating too much and not exercising enough are.
I'm sorry to burst your bubble, Ms. Miller, but your shortsightedness about the relationship of sugar to insulin production to weight gain and diabetes simply confounds me. If eating less and moving more really worked, then everybody would be doing it. That's just a copout answer to deter attention away from sugar's culpability in so many of America's health problems.
Connie, who wrote the book SUGAR SHOCK! to expose these dangers about sugar, was absolutely ecstatic and honored to have the opportunity to share her message with the 5 million television viewers.
"Given that I'm dedicated to dishing the sour news about sugar and the sweet news about how life can be better without all that sugar, it's been a thrilling time!" she exclaimed. "Hurrah for CBS for the wonderful segment!"
Hooray indeed, Connie! As a supporter of livin' la vida low-carb and a public testimony of the joy that comes from eliminating sugar from your life forever (see my 7 tips for kicking sugar for good), this was the beginning of something that I believe we're going to see a lot more of in the coming years as weight and health continue to be white hot topics of debate--and the media cannot ignore it anymore!
Incidentally, Connie's appearance on CBS News Sunday Morning propelled her sugar-shunning book from #3,153 before the piece aired all the way up to #43 at Amazon. Similar rises were found at Barnes & Noble as well as other online book retailers.
"I'm also grateful that the CBS News Sunday Morning story featured the cover of my book in the segment," Connie added. "Americans are curious, which has been evident since all day SUGAR SHOCK! has been moving up the charts."
Above everything that has happened in this gloriously eventful week, Connie says she is optimistic that people will take the message to heart to improve their lives.
"It's my greatest hope that the millions who saw the CBS News Sunday Morning story will reassess their intake of sugar and refined carbs and think about cutting them out -- or at least cutting back -- so they may get more energy, concentrate better, peel off the pounds, and maybe even reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes," she shared.
Again, if you missed the story when it aired on Sunday, CLICK HERE to see the video and to access a full transcript of the sugary story. WELL WORTH YOUR TIME!!!