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Chapter 6

In this chapter we try to source the formula “to lose 1lb of fat you need to create a deficit of 3,500 calories”. I can trace it back to a diet book from 1918 and I invite others who believe in this formula to see if they can trace it

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Chapter 7

Chapter 7 is one of my favourite chapters in the book. I was at a university function in the summer of 2009 and I happened to be chatting to an obese dietician. I was trying to understand from her where the 3,500 formula came from and she was looking at

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Chapter 8

I love the opening to Part 3 – we remind ourselves of why we eat – because we die without the nutrients that food provides. But we also look at the empty calories that we are eating today – almost 1,100 calories of sugar and flour in both the UK

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Chapter 9

I found Chapter 9 quite fascinating to research for. I managed to get (even when out of print) the original documents for the change in USA diet advice (1977 and the first dietary guidelines in 1980) and the UK documents from 1983 and 1984. They make for most interesting reading.

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Chapter 10

Chapter 10 looks at current dietary advice for the UK, USA and Australia. The amount of carbohydrate that we are telling humans to consume is enormous and unprecedented in human history. The Australian advice is particularly extraordinary and Australians have a growing obesity crisis. We know that we did a

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"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