It didn’t take him very long to realize that it was affecting his health.
This wasn’t just some man who wanted to eat food, it was a man following in the footsteps of Morgan Spurlock, the man who starred in the documentary, Supersize Me. The Australian man, Damon Gameau, undertook a diet where he ate a strict diet of “healthy”, low-fat food with high sugar content for a total of 60 days. He wasn’t doing this just for fun, he was filming his documentary, That Sugar Film. The aim of the documentary was to show that even foods we think are healthy for us, really aren’t.
“I had no soft drink, chocolate, ice cream or confectionery,” Gameau told Yahoo. “All the sugars that I was eating were found in perceived healthy foods, so low-fat yogurt, and muesli bars, and cereals, and fruit juices, sports drinks… these kind of things that often parents would give their kids thinking they’re doing the right thing.”
Within a week of sugary food masquerading as healthy food, a doctor told him that he was beginning to develop fatty liver disease and was on the fast track to obesity. One of the most severe outcomes for fatty liver disease is liver failure.
Gameau ate around 40 teaspoons of sugar per day, which is a little more than the average teenager worldwide. The average American, according to the American Heart Association, consumes around 20 teaspoons of sugar on a daily basis.
The American Heart Associaton’s daily recommended amount of sugar are 6 teaspoons for women, and 9 teaspoons for men.
Gameau claimed that his sugar diet kept him feeling hungry, no matter how much food he continued to stuff into his body.
His final meal for the documentary consisted of juice, a jam sandwich, a granola bar, and a handful of other snacks, was meant to represent an ordinary child’s school lunchbox.
“The last meal was for all the people out there, especially parents, who are led to believe they are doing the right and healthy thing for their children. They are making an effort yet are horribly let down by the lack of integrity in marketing and packaging strategies.”