It's been exactly one year since this Gary Taubes interview with Jimmy Moore aired. In one of Gary's emails to me he stated that this was taped on June 14, 2010, two weeks after your's truly published "Da Bomb": Glyceroneogenesis v. Taubes. I'm not aware of what other bloggers were talking about this specific issue at the time. I'm going to ask you to give me about 10 minutes of your time to listen to what Gary was saying then about errors in GCBC. It is important, I think, to listen to his "voicey language" as I call it. The hesitation, high pitch at some points, throat clearing, etc. Because there can be no doubt that the question was set up between Jimmy & Gary to give him a platform to set the record straight. He was prepared for this ... he was not put on the hot seat in any way, and Jimmy would certainly not be trying to trip the guy up.
Here we are in 2011 and he's yet to set that record straight in print. We also now know, that the 1973 endocrinology text he cites in GCBC, Regulation in Metabolism by Newsholme and Start, did get it right all along. If you haven't read that post here yet, I think that more than any other post on this blog concerning Taubes' and his fantastical theories, it is the must read.
I'm happy that we've at least moved past the notion of not being able to store fat in the absence of dietary carbohydrate, but if recent discussions on the internet are any indication, there is much work yet to be done in getting this TWICHOO put rightfully back onto the scientific trash heap of failed hypotheses. That there are folks out there now wondering if a PhD from the Endocrinology and Metabolism Department at UW has gone insane or something, as they continue on in defense of a hypothesis that should simply not have reached the formulation stage, is rather disconcerting. But such is the state of science in the age of the internet I suppose. That at least one of these people was a research scientist herself is doubly disturbing.
Weight loss on low carb diets is not proof of TWICHOO which is supposed to explain not only how/why people become obese, but also why they're doing so in larger proportions in industrialized countries since the 80's. As my semester gets into swing, I can't help but think of what all has changed in our society since the early 80's when I went off to college. To use a computer back then I had to trek across campus and perhaps even stand in line to get time on a terminal. Yes, back in the dark ages of mainframes and before a PC costing $5K had 8K RAM and ran off 2 floppy disks! And there were many trips from the terminal to the central printer room to pick up outputs. Now most of my students have wireless laptops through which they can access just about anything anywhere on campus and printers in their rooms. My freshman dorm did not have phones in every room and it was pricey to get service. Long distance call? Payphone downstairs. Now everyone has a cell phone, and most have internet access with those too. There were no roads going to some of our buildings, not that we could access anyway. Everybody didn't have cars. I could go on but I'm feeling rather old reminiscing here already. But oh! The Japanese were eating white rice. Lots of white rice being heated up in the microwave in the little snack area/lounge in the library at Rensselaer. Lots.
Bottom line, the obesity epidemic is perfectly well explained by changes in our culture and the inescapable fact that we eat more (calories) and move less during the course of our daily lives. I don't believe any particular macro, or single food or food agent or deficiency or infection or gut flora or whatever will ever explain this epidemic, because we're talking sentient socialized humans.
Jillian Michaels was on Fox & Friends this morning and she answered a viewer question (I'll paraphrase): This lady had changed her diet to a healthier one, walks 3X/week and lost about 20 lbs, but she's unable to lose more. Jillian responded that she'd bet 100 to 1 the lady was not counting calories and she said she needs to work out more and she'll see the pounds start to drop again. I could hear Taubes and Fat Head mocking her all the way to the bank. How sad, really.