This will be brief, blunt, and -- forgive me -- perhaps a bit brutal.
I find it incredible that a culture embracing "junk" not only as a food group, but one of its largest; and the junkiest of such junk as the preferential food for its children -- keeps looking for something to blame for rampant obesity and chronic disease other than its own blend of naïve nincompoopery (we, the people); pecuniary propaganda (marketing, media); and predatory hypocrisy (industry). Rather than supporting the health of our bodies, our body politic is feeding off their willfully devised decay.
I imagine this may stick in some craws. What can I say? The truth does that sometimes.
Think it really matters if we fixate on sugar or fructose, meat or wheat, saturated fat or omega-6? I don't:
- No One Thing
- Why Holistic Nutrition Is the Best Approach
- Scapegoats, Saints, and Saturated Fats: Old Mistakes in New Directions
- Fructose, and the Follies of History
Think we are actually clueless about the basic care and feeding of Homo sapiens? I don't:
- Feeding Homo sapiens: Are We Truly As Clueless As We Seem?
- Diet, Weight, and Health: Confused Only If You Want To Be!
- Knowing What to Eat, Refusing to Swallow It
Think any of the "my diet is THE best diet" claims are valid? I don't:
- Judging the Judging of Diets
- Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food
- Can We Say What Diet Is "Best"?
Think Ancel Keys is the anti-Christ? I don't:
- Living (and Dying) on a Diet of Unintended Consequences
- In defense of U research: The Ancel Keys legacy
Think we don't know what dietary pattern is best for health? I think we do!
- Can We Say What Diet Is Best for Health?
- Prevention and management of type 2 diabetes: dietary components and nutritional strategies
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP is the founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and author of 'Disease Proof.' He has authored roughly 200 scientific papers and 15 books, including three editions of a nutrition textbook for health care professionals. If he weren't so shy, he'd tell you what he really thinks.