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Obesity Injection (Horizon prog)

The story On June 7th 2016 overweight and obese people were given a hope – a false hope – that their weight will simply be injected away. “Fast forward ten years, obesity won’t be a problem. They’ll have the injections, they will be painless, no side-effects and actually really inexpensive and

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Sugar the evidence

Just as this page documents recent academic articles questioning current dietary advice, so this page documents recent academic articles about sugar. All the papers are from 2015 onwards except the first two position papers, which are important to capture: Position statement on Sugar & cardiovascular health: Johnson RK, Lustig RH,

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015

Did you know that, until the final quarter of the twentieth century, public health dietary advice in the US and the UK focused on minimum intakes, to ensure that populations consumed adequate nutrients? The US 1950s-1970s “Basic Four Foundation Diet” recommended four or more bread and cereal portions daily, two

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Diet advice for diabetics

Nina Teicholz shared an interesting anecdote with me recently. She had watched a public meeting where a senior figure involved in the US dietary guidelines said she wished people “would stop believing the ‘old wives tale’ of the low-fat diet”. The powers that be clearly want us to believe that

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Food Groups

There must be something about the number five and public health dietary advice. First the myth of five-a-day, then five times a week (that’s the exercise nonsense) and now five food groups. UK The role model plate for healthy eating in the UK – the ‘eatwell’ plate – (or the

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Where does the 3500 calorie theory come from?

The simple answer is “I don’t know” and nor do any of the public health bodies/obesity organisations that use it, as this post comprehensively confirms. The “Prove it or stop using it” post invites anyone to source/prove the calorie formula. The challenge was first thrown out in my 2010 obesity

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Did a low fat diet beat a low carb diet for fat loss?

A story emerged on March 5th 2015 from the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in San Diego. It was not widely covered, but James Gallagher, Health Editor for BBC online, wrote about it here and The Times picked it up (firewalled). The study The study presented at the conference

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Horizon: What’s the right diet for you?

Last January Horizon had a diet programme. This January they had three – all on the same topic – the idea that there are three different types of (over)eaters and therefore three different diets that they should be on. It was described as “a personalised approach to dieting based on

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Katie Hopkins: My Fat Story

The starting aim and metrics “Katie Hopkins: My Fat story” was a programme aired in two parts on TLC on January 2nd and January 3rd 2015. Katie Hopkins set out the rationale for the programme in the opening words: “To make a point to the two thirds of Brits who

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Academic studies questioning current dietary advice

For your convenience, here’s a list of peer reviewed studies and journal articles, challenging current dietary advice, since March 2013. The papers are listed in reverse chronological order and I’ll try to keep this updated. Please post a comment with those I’ve missed and I’ll update. June 13th 2016: Harcombe

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