Posts Tagged 'obesity'

Coming soon!

Coming soon!

At 6:00am PDT on Wednesday, September 12 we will be officially, or least publicly, launching the Nutrition Science Initiative, or NuSI (pronounced “new see”). The timing of the launch, one day after we all pause to remember one of the worst days in our nation’s history, is not a coincidence. On September 11 we will all stop to think about what happened in the past. On the 12th, we look forward to what we hope will be one of the ...

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If low carb eating is so effective, why are people still overweight?

If low carb eating is so effective, why are people still overweight?

I find myself getting asked this question, or some variant of this question, with increasing frequency as I speak and write about the Alternative Hypothesis I find most compelling surrounding obesity and chronic disease.  One implication of the Alternative Hypothesis, as you probably understand by now if you’ve been reading this blog, is that many carbohydrates, especially if consumed at the levels most Americans consume them, promote fat gain.  In other words, overweight ...

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Sugar 101 – How harmful is sugar?

Sugar 101 – How harmful is sugar?

Any discussion on the culpability of poor nutrition as the cause of our health woes begins with a discussion on sugar. One of the world’s experts on this topic is Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF.  Dr. Lustig has great experience treating children with obesity and is really on the front lines of what is becoming an epidemic of childhood obesity.  About two-and-a-half years ago, he gave a lecture on the perils of fructose (fruit sugar, which ...

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The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

On January 1, NY Times wellness columnist, Tara Parker-Pope, wrote an article in the NYT Magazine titled The Fat Trap, and many of you forwarded it on to me. This was an excellent piece and I suspect it will be one of the most read pieces this year in the wellness space.

Ms. Parker-Pope acknowledges that weight loss is very difficult and the rate ...

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Revisit the causality of obesity

Revisit the causality of obesity

My last post addressed a point that has historically (and currently) led to great confusion – the idea of what causes obesity.  In the previous post, discussing what I call “the great medical disconnect,” I wrote about obesity (i.e., unregulated horizontal growth) being caused by excess insulin, which in turn leads to overeating and under-moving.  This is contrasted with the reverse – overeating causing obesity.  Let’s double-click on this idea using ...

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The great medical disconnect

The great medical disconnect

There is probably no greater disconnect in medicine than the root cause of obesity.  Even if you think you already know the answer to this “obvious” question, it’s still worth reading on.  The reason this question matters, of course, is clear to everyone.  Obesity (and more broadly the syndrome we define as metabolic syndrome) predisposes us to virtually every disease afflicting us in the modern age.  Above is ...

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