Zoë Harcombe

Zoe harcombe

Welcome to my blog site!

What do I do? I read, write and talk about obesity, diet, nutrition, conflict of interest and anything else related to this topic. I challenge the current dietary advice (e.g. Australia‘s, England‘s and the USA‘s). I defend red meat (e.g. red meat and mortality, and mortality again, and Alzheimer’s, and cancer and diabetes). I expose non-evidence based nutritional messages (e.g. five a day,  the calorie theory,healthy’ whole grains, why we can’t eat less sugar and more carbs and more). I loathe and expose conflicts of interest – rarely more lucrative or prevalent than where drug companies are involved (e.g. statins, statins, NICE and bariatric surgery, the American Dietetic Association and big food and Kellogg‘s).

In trying to understand why obesity increased almost ten fold in the UK between 1972 and 1999 I found myself looking for what had changed. To cut a long, but fascinating story short, our dietary advice was the thing that changed. We demonised fat; we eulogised carbohydrate – and epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes occurred. Coincidence or cause?

When in turn you look at why our dietary advice changed you get into the world of fat, cholesterol, statins, more cholesterol, more cholesterol, and more statins. If you want to know What the UK eats, what Diabetes UK thinks diabetics should be eating, why five a day really annoys me, and what was wrong with the Horizon Sugar vs. Fat programme, you’ve come to the right place. If you want a headline dissected, I might have done it e.g. the animal protein is as bad as smoking nonsense and more animal protein nonsense, or inactivity and smoking, or saturated fat and sperm count, or low fat dairy and diabetes risk.

That’s enough for now. There’s more about me on the biography page. If any media people want to know more and/or want contact details – please check Media Features on Zoe Harcombe.

I’ll leave you with some food for thought…

“If we have been eating food in the form that nature intended for 24 hours, agriculture (large scale access to carbohydrates) developed four minutes ago and sugar consumption has increased twenty fold in the last five seconds. I wonder which food is more likely to be responsible for obesity, diabetes, or indeed any modern disease…”

Thank you for visiting!

Zoë Harcombe