Does this bowl of guac make me look fat?
BBC online gives us a short list of medical myths.
* I’ve been saying for a long time (to disbelieving parents) that it’s a myth that sugar makes kids hyperactive. Gee, your kid is all crazy after eating birthday cake? Surprise, he was at a birthday party with clowns and rides and games and lots of other screaming kids.
Note also that when parents have been told (true or not) that the kids have had sugar, they rate their children’s behavior as being more active.
[Apparently, there may be something in the coloring used in kids’ treats that causes hyperactive behavior. This isn’t mentioned in the list of myths, by the way. That’s bonus material for weeklyrob readers.]
* I’m also interested in the myth that nighttime eating causes weight gain. Everyone says that it does, but it never made sense to me. Math is simple. The more calories you eat, the more calories you have to burn. I don’t see how it matters when you eat them.
But I never questioned it much, ’cause there’s a lot that I don’t understand. So I just shrugged and said, “ok, I guess this guacamole will make me fatter than if I’d eaten it two hours ago.”