What would you think if a doctor told you that the war on obesity is wrong? What if he said the science doesn’t support the current paradigm that insists obesity is caused by eating too much? What if he apologized to an obese and diabetic patient for his lack of compassion and empathy? Today I listened to a TEDMED lecture where Dr. Peter Attia did all of those things with a catch in his throat and tears in his eyes. This is a new day.
Over 20 years ago I figured out that the scale lies, the energy balance equation is wrong, and losing fat weight is more than a math problem. Once I figured out an approach to food that worked for me, I started sharing my thoughts with clients and in the classroom. I finally published my first paper regarding insulin resistance in 1995 and haven’t stopped. Today I am working on a book to share what I have learned over the years helping hundreds of clients figure out an approach to food that works for them. These words will hit print whether I am successful in the formal publishing world or end up publishing this myself.
The majority of medical authorities and public health advocates still get it wrong. Over the past month I have read over 8 books as I prepare a review of competitive and comparative books. Most still adhere to the tenets of the energy balance equation and blame people for eating too much but with a new twist. Today writers direct most of their derision in particular towards food manufacturers and fast food. Marion Nestle’s Why Calories Count, David Kessler’s The End of Overeating, Darya Pino’s Foodist, and Michael Moss’s Salt Sugar Fat come to mind.
I found the most insightful and promising discussions in Dr. Robert Lustig’s Fat Chance. An endocrinologist at UCSF, Dr. Lustig brilliantly explains a range of factors that influence metabolism. The science is compelling, but even I had to reread paragraphs two and three times. Great information, but maybe not for the public at large.
Additional insight will be coming. Dr. Attia joins Gary Taubes and other reknown scientists in a quest for better science regarding obesity and energy metabolism. Gary Taubes and Dr. Attia join other premier scientists as directors of NuSI , a nonprofit organization that “builds teams of multidisciplinary researchers from independent universities and institutions.” They will offer grants to unbiased researchers, “making it possible for them to do targeted, cutting-edge experiments that will directly address the key questions of obesity and health” Fabulous.
In the meantime, I celebrate Dr. Attia’s honesty and new found passion. I have butted up against conventional medical thinking and the prevailing obesity mindset for decades. I look forward to what they find out mostly because I have a particularly burning question. Will this research compliment or refute my own findings?