‘Children need fat to absorb vital vitamins’ – Teicholz

CHILDREN should not be on low-fat diets as their bodies need vital vitamins which can only be absorbed by fat, the hearing into Professor Tim Noakes’s conduct was told

Nina Teicholz, investigative journalist and author of The Big Fat Surprise, was on the stand in Noakes’s hearing, where he is accused of unprofessional conduct by the Health Professionals Council of SA.

Teicholz said the only way she could see the world overcoming the obesity and diabetes epidemic was if people went back to eating like they did in 1965, before carbohydrate-based dietary guidelines came into play.

Read Article By Lynette Johns (Cape Times)



Mistake or mischief? Did top scientists at Stellenbosch and Cape Town universities honestly make so many mistakes in a major study? Did they really not know the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) would use it to charge scientist Prof Tim Noakes? Or was there something a little more contrived behind their research?

British obesity researcher Dr Zoë Harcombe asked those questions in her evidence-in-chief on day six of the HPCSA’s hearing against Noakes in Cape Town today. Harcombe is one of three expert witnesses for Noakes who have flown in from the UK, US and New Zealand.

Read Article By Marika Sboros (FoodMed.Net)


Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It

The beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have given millions of dollars to nearly 100 prominent health groups in recent years, while simultaneously spending millions to defeat public health legislation that would reduce Americans’ soda intake, according to public health researchers.

The findings, published on Monday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, document the beverage industry’s deep financial ties to the health community over the past five years, as part of a strategy to silence health critics and gain unlikely allies against soda regulations.

Read Article By  Anahad O’Connor (New York Times)


Gary Taubes – Why the Obesity Epidemic Won’t End Anytime Soon

We welcome investigative journalist and author Gary Taubes to discuss the low fat dogma that has caused supermarkets to become mainly filled with low fat, sugary, highly refined grain and starch-based products. We’ll also be talking about Taubes’ restatement of the nature of caloric balance – most of us know it as the “calories in vs calories out” conventional dietary advice, and and how we can understand it differently without having to break the second law of thermodynamics.

In addition, we’ll be talking about the obesity epidemic and why it’s not about to end anytime soon. This is a discussion you’re going to wish you had heard when you were in your teens or twenties! We’ll also be discussing why it’s so hard to get good science these days, and why the obesity epidemic just isn’t going to end anytime soon.

Listen to Pod Cast at Reinventing the Supermarket


Patient Reverses Type 2 Diabetes in 38 Days – by Cutting Out Carbs

Is it possible to reverse one’s type 2 diabetes – without the use of medicine – by just cutting out carbs? Absolutely. That’s exactly what this patient of Dr. David Unwin’s did in just 38 days.

This is just yet another example of the fact that type 2 diabetes can be reversed by changing lifestyle and eating habits.

Do you know of anyone who has reversed their diabetes with a low-carb diet?

Read More By Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt (DietDoctor.com)


It’s Time To Stop Sugar Coating Australia’s Obesity Crisis

Today is World Obesity Day — not exactly the sort of day we want to celebrate. Currently,one in four Australian children and nearly two in three adults are obese or overweight (35 percent overweight, 28 percent obese), and these rates have been increasing.

 One of the major culprits driving this change is the amount of added sugar that we are consuming. The average Australian eats 14 teaspoons of added sugar per day, with teenagers eating more than 20 teaspoons of sugar per day. We are in the midst of a sugardemic.
 A 600ml bottle of Coca Cola contains 16 teaspoons of sugar. Could you imagine sitting down and eating 16 teaspoons of sugar, and then washing it down with a couple of glasses of water? I can’t. But for many people, that is effectively what they are doing.
 Is this a problem? Well, the World Health Organisation thinks we should limit added sugar consumption to fewer than six teaspoons per day to improve our health.

How Our Health-Care System Is Feeding the Obesity Epidemic

Obesity in America is a staggering public health crisis, ravaging our population, hampering the quality of life for millions and wreaking fiscal havoc along the way.

We can rightly place some blame on obvious culprits we encounter every day: super-sized drinks, processed foods and obscene portion sizes. But my time as the Executive Director of the Global Obesity Prevention Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has led me to a more startling and less apparent conclusion: our health-care system is keeping us from turning back obesity in America.

Each year in our country, the wide variety of obesity-related diseases (ranging from muscle and joint problems to diabetes to heart disease to cancer) result in an estimated 400,000 deaths and $190 billion in health care costs—nearly 21% of all medical spending. In the past 35 years, the prevalence of obesity jumped from 15% of the population to 35%.

Read Article By Bruce Y. Lee (Time)