Why calories in and out does not explain obesity

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Why do we get fat – and what can we do about it? Conventional wisdom tells us that it’s all about eating less and running more. The problem is that this seldom works well.

Science journalist Gary Taubes has spent more than a decade on finding a better answer. His book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) became very influential and changed many people’s view on this.

In this talk Taubes discusses his controversial theories and the criticism. Why do we get fat? Why do we overeat and what regulates fat accumulation?

Watch a new part of the presentation above, where Taubes explains why it’s pointless to state that weight gain is caused by taking in more calories than one expends (transcript). The full video is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes

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