About the author

Zoe harcombe

Zoë is a Cambridge graduate who loves numbers and hates dietary nonsense. Author of six books and a diet and nutrition blog, Zoë is in her final year of a PhD entitled: “An examination of the evidence base for the introduction of dietary fat recommendations.”

Zoë’s main fascination is ‘The obesity paradox’ – when we want to be slim so badly, why aren’t we? Answering this question has taken her into the world of government guidelines, dietary fat, nutritional myths, cholesterol, statins and conflicts of interest.

Zoë has appeared on radio and TV, regionally and nationally, in the UK, including Sky News, Radio 4’s The Food Programme and BBC Newsnight. Further afield, she has been interviewed by America’s Fox News and Cape Town radio. Zoë has also written for most national UK newspapers and magazines: The Independent; The Daily Mail; The Mirror; The Guardian; The Sun; The Times, Women’s Health; Top Santé; Essentials; Women’s Fitness and many more.

She lives with her husband and rescue animals in the Welsh countryside surrounded by food, a.k.a. sheep, hens and cows. More info is available here.

“If we have been eating food in the form that nature intended for 24 hours, agriculture (large scale access to carbohydrates) developed four minutes ago and sugar consumption has increased twenty fold in the last five seconds. I wonder which food is more likely to be responsible for obesity, diabetes, or indeed any modern disease…”

Zoë Harcombe

"The Obesity Epidemic is the most comprehensive demolition job on the arrogance and ignorance of the health profession I have ever read".
Barry Groves Author of Trick and Treat: How 'healthy eating' is making us ill