Mar. 15, 2018 Live in Stockholm & Online
Professional & Public Yearly Memberships Available
For the past half a century, the concept of a healthy diet has been synonymous with a diet low in fat, and particularly low in what is all-too-often referred to as “artery-clogging” saturated fat, the fat found in quantity in eggs, butter, meat and dairy products. The result has been a national dietary prescription to eat ever more plant-based diets: copious fruits, green vegetables and whole grains ,while we minimize our consumption of animal products. For those of us who are overweight or obese, this advice has been accompanied by the insistence that we got that way merely by eating “too much” and that the only way to solve our problems is to eat less and exercise more. And yet this now ubiquitous dietary advice has coincided with unprecedented increases in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes, raising the obvious question of whether this advice and the belief system associated with it may somehow be to blame. Are they based on sound science? And if they’re not, which the evidence strongly suggests, then how did we come to believe them and why? And, perhaps most important, what’s the alternative? Why do we get fat and diabetic, and what can we do about it?
By asking these questions for the past 20 years, Gary Taubes has become perhaps the single most influential journalist covering nutrition and health today. He’s certainly the most controversial. His investigative reporting on the science of nutrition and the dietary triggers of obesity and diabetes are fundamentally changing the way we eat and live. Michael Pollan has described him as the closest thing we have to a “scientific Alexksandr Solzhenitsyn,” exposing the intellectual bankruptcy of current nutrition science. The Atlantic recently described his investigative journalism as so tenacious and obsessive that he had “fallen through a wormhole from reporting into expertise.”
Taubes’s skeptical, rigorously scientific approach to nutrition science is unparalleled and now he wants to share both the approach and the implications to our health and how to eat to remain healthy.
March 15, 2018 / 1:00 to 7:00pm
In this full-day seminar geared toward healthcare professionals and students, Gary will discuss a variety of topics including:
- Critically assessing the evidence: observational epidemiology, randomized-controlled trials and meta-analyses
- The unique challenges of preventive medicine
- Obesity and diabetes cause and treatment, a historical perspective
- Why knowing the history of medicine is critically important to evaluating evidence
- Risk factors for CHD: from total cholesterol to LDL to LDL sub-fractions, particle number and Metabolic Syndrome
- Animal product-rich diets vs. Mostly Plants and the Mediterranean Diet
- SFAs vs PUFAs: critically assessing the evidence
- Nutrition and personalized medicine: is there one “healthy” diet for everyone?
- What do we know and what’s speculation?
- Audience guided Q&A
Note: Although this full-day seminar is geared toward healthcare professionals and students, all who wish to attend are welcome.
Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author of The Case Against Sugar (2016), Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (2011) and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), published as The Diet Delusion in the UK. Taubes is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won numerous other awards for his journalism. These include the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. (He is the first print journalist to win this award three times.) Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia University (1981).
Central Stockholm Venue to be Announced
March 15, 2018: 1:00pm to 7:00pm
(lunch is not provided)
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