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Gary Taubes: Treating Sugar Like Cigarettes Key for Children’s Health

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The British government is doing too little to combat rising issues with childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, argues Gary Taubes. Relying on voluntary sugar reduction won’t solve the massive problems – but treating sugar like cigarettes could get the job done:

Let’s use cigarettes and lung cancer as our pedagogical example, confident, as we are, that cigarettes cause lung cancer. Cigarette consumption in the UK peaked in the mid-1970s when half of all men smoked and over 40% of women. Together they averaged 17 cigarettes a day. Now let’s imagine that we didn’t get those smokers to quit, but we managed to cut their consumption by 20%. Instead of 17 cigarettes a day, they’re averaging 14.

Would we expect to see a decrease in lung cancer prevalence? Would we expect that the lung cancer epidemic would be curbed at all, let alone within a few years of peak consumption? I would wager that even the PHE authorities would acknowledge that such a change would have little effect.

The Guardian: For Children’s Health, the Government Has to Treat Sugar Like Cigarettes

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Gary Taubes on What He Eats for Breakfast and Why America Is Fat

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If you ever wondered what low-carb pioneer and author Gary Taubes eats in a typical day, or pondered about the whys of the obesity epidemic, then you should read this article:

GQ: Gary Taubes, the Man Who Knows Why America Is Fat

Once you’re insulin resistant — metabolically disturbed, as the paleo/LCHF folks like to say — you’re secreting more insulin to handle the carbohydrates you’re consuming, and you’re gaining fat, heading toward becoming diabetic. The question then is what do you have to do to solve that problem. For most people, just removing the sugar is not enough. You need to remove all the easily digestible carbs, which means pretty much all those except the carbs in green vegetables.

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Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar?

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Is it the fat or the sugar in your diet that is causing harm? Here’s an interesting article and historical account of that question – going through everything from the great fat-scare in the mid-20th century to the impact of pioneering journalist Gary Taubes:

The New Yorker: Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar?

However, beware of the not-so-up-to-date conclusion to eat everything in moderation. This conventional and “common sense” piece of advice has failed miserably for decades, illustrated by the exploding disasters of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Top Videos with Gary Taubes

Science-writer Gary Taubes, author of the recent book The Case Against Sugar and Good Calories, Bad Calories, is one of the pioneers of the low-carb movement, and has a lot of wisdom related to the obesity epidemic and sugar.

Here are our top 5 videos with him:

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“An Almost Anti-Intellectual Explanation”


4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars83%4 stars9%3 stars4%2 stars0%1 star2%74 ratings3,062 viewsAre the current ideas about the cause of obesity and diabetes completely wrong? Is the fixation on eating less and moving more for weight loss an “almost anti-intellectual explanation”?

That’s what science journalist Gary Taubes says in my interview with him – watch a segment above (transcript). Taubes has been investigating the field of nutritional science for over a decade and has come to some pretty interesting conclusions. Could the scientists have it all wrong?

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Gary Taubes Responds to Critics Dismissing the Case Against Sugar

Is the hypothesis that sugar is the greatest factor contributing to obesity and type 2 diabetes too simplistic – and maybe even wrong?

Not surprisingly some of the usual critics of Gary Taubes and any work mentioning “insulin” – like Stephan Guyenet and Yoni Freedhoff – have critizised Taubes’ latest book The Case Against Sugar.

Here’s Taubes’ response to his critics, and it’s well worth reading:

Cato Unbound: The Case against Sugar Isn’t So Easily Dismissed

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Transcribed Conversation with Dr. David Ludwig and Gary Taubes

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Gary Taubes and Dr. David Ludwig

Dr. David Ludwig recently posted a filmed conversation with author and science writer Gary Taubes on his Facebook page – and now the transcribed version is available:

Heleo: Why Do We Get Fat? Science Writer Gary Taubes Blames Sugar. Here’s Why.

We have epidemics, and although we think we know why they’re happening, the fact that we failed completely to control them in any way suggests that our fundamental understanding is incorrect.
– Gary Taubes

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“I Used to Blame Fat People. Now I Blame Obesity on Sugar Industry Propaganda”

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Is sugar behind many of the chronic diseases people suffer from today? Here are more good articles based on interviews with science journalist Gary Taubes, the author of the new book The Case Against Sugar.

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Conversation Between Dr. David Ludwig and Gary Taubes

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Gary Taubes and Dr. David Ludwig

Here’s a treat – Dr. David Ludwig has posted a conversation with Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and The Case Against Sugar, on his Facebook page. It’ll give you some great insights about weight control, sugar and the ‘calories in, calories out’ theory:

Facebook: Dr. David Ludwig Live Interview with Gary Taubes

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Nutritionists – The Secret Ally of Big Sugar

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Conventional nutritionists play into the hands of Big Sugar when they argue that the only thing that matters is how much we eat (and not what we eat) says Gary Taubes:

To the sugar industry, the nutritionists’ dogmatic belief that obesity is a calorie overconsumption problem and a calorie is a calorie has been the gift that keeps on giving. So long as nutrition and obesity authorities insist that this is true, then the sugar industry can rightfully defend its product on the basis that the calories from sugar are no better nor worse than those from steak or grapefruit or ice cream — perhaps even kale or quinoa. We can’t have it both ways.

– Gary Taubes

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