Bring home the fat! Call by top UK doctors, dietitians
It’s official and from Britain’s highest medical and dietetic levels: government-sanctioned dietary guidelines really are making you fat and sick.
The high-carb, low-fat, low-cholesterol message doctors and dietitians have given you for the past 40 years is proving to be the “biggest mistake in modern medical history”. It is one that has had “devastating consequences for public health” globally.
In a powerful public statement just released by UK National Obesity Forum (NOF) in association with the Public Health Collaboration (PHC), the country’s leading doctors, dietitians and scientists say: eating fat doesn’t make you fat; saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease; to avoid type 2 diabetes, you need to … avoid “low-fat” foods, foods “proven to lower cholesterol”, high omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable oils and starchy and refined carbohydrates. And you must stop counting calories.
They call for an urgent revision of the guidelines, saying that the role of poor dietary advice “has been ignored for too long”.
Now truly is the time to “bring back the fat”, say the statement’s authors.
The statement is endorsed internationally by leading academics, doctors, dieticians, nutritionists, sports scientists and health activists.
Not surprisingly, it didn’t take long for establishment knives to come out. In a BBC report, Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist for Public Health England, says the message to eat more fat is “irresponsible and potentially deadly”.
The Guardian quotes Royal College of Physicians’ special adviser on obesity Prof John Wass saying there’s “good evidence that saturated fat increases cholesterol”, and to quote selective studies “risks misleading the public”.
The NOF and PHC authors finger the change in dietary guidelines in the US in 1977 and UK in 1983 as a root cause driving the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. They say science has been corrupted by commercial interests” with “undue influence” of the food industry on official guideline bodies posing a “significant threat to public health.”
The authors finger the change in dietary guidelines in the US in 1977 and UK in 1983 as being a root cause driving the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. They say science has been corrupted by commercial interests” with “undue influence” of the food industry on official guideline bodies posing a “significant threat to public health.”
But the “real scandal”, they say, is that academics, institutions and journals whose primary responsibility is to patients and scientific integrity have at times colluded with industry for financial gain.
NOF chair Prof David Haslam says that as a clinician, treating patients all day every day, he quickly realised that “guidelines from on high, suggesting that high-carbohydrate, low-fat diets were the universal panacea, were deeply flawed”.
Haslam, a physician in obesity medicine at the Centre for Obesity Research at Luton & Dunstable Hospital, and professor in obesity sciences at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, says his patients don’t lose weight or improve their health by cutting fats or calories.....
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