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The British Nutrition Foundation, Food Giants and our Children

We had dinner with friends recently – the proud parents of 11 and 13 year old boys. Mum could not wait to share her outrage that she was being ‘told off’ by school staff for not putting bread or snacks in the boys’ lunch boxes. Both boys are the picture

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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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Being overweight reduces dementia risk?

The headline on Friday 10th April 2015 was “Being overweight ‘reduces dementia risk’”. The original article is here. Sadly on pay per view only, so it cost me $31.50 for 6 pages. I tweeted early on Friday morning “Being overweight may be associated with reduced incidence of dementia but ‘reduces

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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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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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The European ruling on obesity and discrimination

The Denmark case In 2010, Karsten Kaltoft, a Danish childminder, brought an employment law case for unfair dismissal against his employer, a Danish city council. Kaltoft had been working for 15 years looking after children in his own home in Billund, when his employment contract was terminated in 2010. Kaltoft

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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 9th 2015:  Edward

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Fat shaming makes people eat more – really?

I got a call at 8.30am today (Sept 11th 2014) to ask if I’d go on Radio 5 live between 10-11am to talk about ‘the fat shaming’ story. What fat shaming story?! The Daily Mail headline was “Telling someone they’re fat makes them eat MORE: People made to feel guilty

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The low-carb vs low-fat study

On September 2nd 2014 a story broke in the field of diet and nutrition, but it barely made it across the pond. The New York Times headline was “A call for a low carb diet that embraces fat.” The Huffington Post covered the story, but didn’t devote a whole article

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