Health Icons Lecture Series: Gary Taubes (London)

Mar. 17 to 18, 2018 Live in London & Online Up to 10 CPD Hours

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.

Purchase Tickets
Gary Taubes - Day One: Public Discussion and Q&A (LON) (Tickets Available)$130.00
or 12 event credits
Gary Taubes - Day Two: Seminar for Healthcare Professionals & Students (LON) (Tickets Available)$130.00
or 12 event credits
Dinner with Gary Taubes (Tickets Available)$130.00
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The Details

Day One: Public Discussion and Q&A

17 March 2018   /   10:00am to 4:00pm   /   5 CPD Hours
Price: £99 GBP

In this full-day seminar geared toward the general public, Gary will address and answer questions on the following topics:

  • The nature and limits of scientific investigation on the subjects of nutrition, obesity and chronic disease
  • How to think about medical research and the paper-of-the-day phenomenon: what we know and what we can know.
  • Understanding obesity: why we get fat from a biological perspective: what to do about it.
  • Deconstructing the energy balance/homeostasis, calories-in-calories-out paradigm of obesity
  • Understanding metabolic syndrome: the link between obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease
  • The case against sugar
  • Audience guided Q&A (with special guests)

Note: Although this full-day seminar is geared toward the general public, practitioners and students will also find it both informative and entertaining.

Day Two: Seminar for Healthcare Professionals & Students

18 March 2018   /   10:00am to 4:00pm   /   5 CPD Hours
Price: £99 GBP

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 (with special guests Dr Andreas Eenfeldt and Dr Aseem Malhotra)

Note: Although this full-day seminar is geared toward healthcare professionals and students, all who wish to attend are welcome.

Special Guests (Day Two)

During the last seven years Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt has authored the biggest health blog in Sweden and a #1 best-selling book on nutrition that’s been translated to eight languages, including English. He may be partly responsible for a recent butter shortage in his home country, and one of his conference presentations on LCHF has been viewed over 600,000 times on YouTube.

Dr. Eenfeldt spent twelve years working as a doctor and eight of those years as a family physician, treating patients with LCHF diets. During that time he witnessed tremendous success for people with obesity and type 2 diabetes. But despite that, helping one person at a time couldn’t change the status quo. So in 2015 he quit.

Now he runs the fast-growing health site as the founder and owner, together with 16 co-workers. The site is completely free from ads, product sales or industry sponsorship and instead fully funded by the people, via an optional membership.

Dr. Eenfeldt lives in Karlstad, Sweden with his significant other and their two young daughters. He spends just about all his waking hours either with his family or working on

Connect with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt:   Website

When he is not working as a doctor in the National Health Service, Aseem Malhotra reigns supreme in his fight to raise awareness about the health benefits of a sugar-free diet, maintaining that sugar deserves its reputation as "Public Health Enemy Number 1". His no-holds-barred approach to challenging common health beliefs is proving highly effective in getting medical professionals and social authorities from around the world to sit up and take notice. He is regularly invited to speak at national and international conferences.

Aseem supports studies that implicate sugar as the number one culprit driving obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and has worked with a leading sports scientist to dispel the myth that links physical inactivity and obesity. The British Journal of Sports Medicine published their editorial providing evidence that sugar and excess carbohydrates were primarily responsible for the global surge in type 2 diabetes and obesity. A subsequent commentary Aseem wrote in the Washington Post had over 1.1 million page views. He has since become one of the leading doctors in the world fighting the obesity epidemic, named on a list of anti-obesity activists that includes Michelle Obama and Michael Bloomberg.

Connect with Dr. Aseem Malhotra:   Website

More About Gary Taubes

Gary Taubes is an investigative science and health journalist and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative ( 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).

Books by Gary Taubes

The Case Against Sugar: Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into our history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.

Why We Get Fat: What’s making us fat? And how can we change? Building upon his critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, bestselling author Gary Taubes revisits these urgent questions.

Taubes reveals the bad nutritional science of the last century—none more damaging or misguided than the “calories-in, calories-out” model of why we get fat—and the good science that has been ignored. He also answers the most persistent questions: Why are some people thin and others fat? What roles do exercise and genetics play in our weight? What foods should we eat, and what foods should we avoid? Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat is an essential guide to nutrition and weight management.he arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.

The Diet Delusion (Good Calories, Bad Calories in the U.S.): Where mainstream nutritional science has demonised dietary fat for 50 years, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have failed to prove that eating a low-fat diet will help you live longer. Nutrition and obesity scientists have struggled to make sense of the paradox that obesity has become an epidemic, that diabetes rates have soared and the incidence of heart disease has not declined despite the fact that society is more diet and health aware today than generations ago. "The Diet Delusion" is an in-depth, scientific, groundbreaking examination of what actually happens in your body as a result of what you eat, rather than what the diet industry might have you believe happens and is essential reading for anyone trying to decide which diet - low-fat or low-carbohydrate - is truly the healthy diet. For years we have been deluded by the dieting industry. Now it's time to find out the truth.

Venue & Schedule

Central London Venue TBD

Day One (17 March): 10:00am to 4:00pm

Day Two (18 March): 10:00am to 4:00pm

(lunch is not provided)

Dinner with Gary Taubes

17 March 2018   /   6:00pm to 9:00pm
Price: £99 GBP

A lucky group of people will have the opportunity to dine with Gary in an informal setting and get to know what makes him tick as well as enjoying the company of likeminded friends — all while enjoying a stunning six course menu by Chef Holly Redman.

Dinner Details (Please note new date & venue)

Price: £99

Date: 18 March 2017
Time: 6PM to 9PM

The Menu

Wood Pigeon, Cavolo Nero, Wild Mushrooms, Hazelnuts

Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Hollandaise, Pumpkin Seeds


Cuttlefish Ink Stew, Foccacia, Gremolata

Rib of Beef, Beetroot, Anchoide, Nasturtium

Baked Ricotta and Lemon Torte

• Wine or alcoholic beverages are not included •

Dinner Venue

146 Upper Richmond Road
London SW15 2SW

Purchase Tickets
Gary Taubes - Day One: Public Discussion and Q&A (LON) (Tickets Available)$130.00
or 12 event credits
Gary Taubes - Day Two: Seminar for Healthcare Professionals & Students (LON) (Tickets Available)$130.00
or 12 event credits
Dinner with Gary Taubes (Tickets Available)$130.00
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