Vitaminballs? Try a carrot instead

Naughty Korner with QT columnist Andrew Korner
Naughty Korner with QT columnist Andrew Korner Rob Williams
Michelle Bridges
Michelle Bridges Network Ten

NO DISRESPECT to Michelle, the Commando chap and that other fella with the blue singlet.

After watching them repeatedly motivate enormous blobs of self-pity over the past few years, I have come to the conclusion that they are extremely good at what they do.

In fact, if I ever came to a point in my life where, for whatever reason, I let myself go and slip into chronic obesity, I would trust the likes of Michelle Bridges to drag me kicking and screaming back out of it.

I will tell you one thing though, she can put her chocolate balls back where they came from.

There is only one TV in my house and I don't watch the Fattest Losers by choice, but I will tolerate it on the basis that - for the most part I think - it promotes a message that a lot of people don't seem to be getting at home; eat well and exercise often.

But there is just one problem.

The Fat Losers has received a significant fat injection from a prominent vitamin supplement manufacturer, which I believe could be fogging the positive message.

It doesn't take Will Anderson to notice the sweeping camera shots that start off with an extreme close up on said vitamin pill and chocolate ball manufacturer's logo.

Also, if you can manage to keep yourself away from that delicious caramel almond tart during the commercial breaks, you'll spy some familiar faces flogging off the latest in A-Z vitamin products.

It's no wonder that the once modest section of the supermarket aisle that is dedicated to these amazing little pellets is getting bigger each week.

If you believe the advertisements, these things can make you sleep better, stay awake better, poo better, reverse the 74 signs of aging, run faster, win Olympic Gold, abuse your co-workers less frequently and produce more attractive children.

Without getting into an argument over whether the vitamin craze is a good or bad thing, let me point this out; a lot of people are falling for it.

Australians spent $1.8 billion on supplements last year - including about $150 million on vitamin D supplements.

That's $150 million spent on something you can get by standing out in that harsh Australian sun we are so famous for.

Along with all the other vitamins, you can also get it from eating normal food.

I think the important point that several doctors have made on this subject, however, and the one that most people will see as simple common sense, is that if you are eating a normal balanced diet and exercising properly, you generally don't need any additional vitamins.

Some people need vitamin supplements - doctors can recommend them to the elderly, or the immune deficient, for example - but surely not as many as the sales figures suggest.

I wish I could pin-point exactly what is feeding this powerful lust for the pill.


Catchy song has dark undertones

IT IS with the deepest regret that I admit I was another one of the millions of people who watched that video of the Charles Ramsay, "deeeeaaad giveaway" song this week.

I won't lie, three days later and I am still singing along to the theme tune to one of the ugliest crimes I've ever heard of - which is disturbing if you think about it long enough.

I'm all for making the best of a bad situation - there's a good reason why they say that laughter is the best medicine - but perhaps it was a bit too soon.

The evening news got its entertaining little grabs from the Charles Ramsay interview and, in return, Mr Ramsay got his 15 minutes.

Still, I don't think the three girls who were locked up in that house for 10 years would be laughing.

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