Well, the pudgy mirdled one, diet book author and former diet doctor Mike Eades has taken a break from changing the world** with his Sous Vide* to compose his ninth blog post of the year! Last we heard from him here at The Asylum, he and his wife had resolved to -- yet again! -- diet in 2012. You'll see why all of those links are relevant as we get into discussing his latest: Are carbohydrates fattening?
His post refers to the 6 year follow-up (4 years after the initial 2 year study) from the famous diet comparison study from Shai et.al. I discussed this study back in my more gregarious days (grin) in Gary Taube$, Shai-ster? This study was done in a workplace setting in Israel, where through the cafeteria, they were able to assist participants in complying with the diet by offering choices labeled as appropriate for their assigned diet plan.
In this 2-year trial, we randomly assigned 322 moderately obese subjects (mean age, 52 years; mean body-mass index..., 31; male sex, 86%) to one of three diets: low-fat, restricted-calorie; Mediterranean, restricted-calorie; or low-carbohydrate, non–restricted-calorie.Lest there be any confusion as to how the diets were prescribed, here is that section from the original paper:
Quotes from the ever humble Dr. Eades:
*The Sous Vide Supreme is the first new category of kitchen appliance since the microwave, so we’re incredibly excited about our role in what we think is a world-changing event. At least world changing in the same way the microwave was world changing.
**First off, I’ve got to apologize for the lack of attention to this blog lately. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I hadn’t realized that changing the world would be such a time-consuming endeavor, but it really is.
*** Some comments on the Eades' AHS11 talk:
It had been a good long while since I watched that talk, and I had intended to comment about this at the time. I hope that AHS13's call for abstracts does indeed prove to be a step in the right direction for that organization, the symposium and the community as a whole. In Eades' 2011 presentation, he actually included bashing someone for an exchange he had with her in comments on his blog. Really? And his was supposed to be a "sciencey" presentation by a medical professional. It wasn't just an off hand comment, he made up a slide so it was planned! Eades' was just one of many presentations of opinion/dogma and not fact. It is likely impossible for the organizers to fact check presentations, but hopefully the screening process will be serious enough to look at the intended content of some of the proposals. I don't know how much of the AHS11 content was fluid almost right up until the event, but AHS12's content sure was -- from complete changes in presentation titles/content, to last minute "substitutions", to full hours devoted to panels with completely undefined content of broad topics. Eades' inclusion of the comment exchange in his presentation was totally unwarranted. It added nothing to the presentation, no opportunity for learning by the audience. What I learned was that Eades is a "diet book and other stuff" shill first, doctor and learned individual a distant second if that ... and "scientist"? Not.