I rarely send out press releases, but it’s not every day that you get the chair of the UK National Obesity Forum saying: “As a clinician, treating patients all day every day, I quickly realised that guidelines from on high, suggesting high carbohydrate, low fat diets were the universal panacea, were deeply flawed.”
As I prepare this newsletter, the attack on those involved in this document is in full swing. Those “on high”, as Professor David Haslam puts it have moved into both attack and defence mode – attack the authors of this report (often personally) and defend the conventional advice.
This is failing the UK population; people who are suffering as a result of current guidelines and people who deserve better. The simple fact is: obesity and diabetes have increased approximately four fold since low fat/high carb dietary guidelines were introduced in 1983 (Data & references at end).
At the very least, this deserves examination: not defensiveness; not personal attacks on medical professionals who dare to speak out; not heads in the sand; not protection of public health food industry relationships and personal careers.
No one who puts their name to a press release such as this does so lightly. None of us have anything to gain. Many on the list have much to lose. The common ground between the signatories, and many others who support us, is that we cannot stay quiet when we see people being given advice that is impairing their health and shortening their lives. We just ask for an open minded response from the people whose salaries we pay. Here's the press release...
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