#WigtownWednesdays | Gary Taubes ~ 14 Apr 2021

31 March 2021

Gary Taubes, the award-winning science and health journalist, talks to us about his bestselling book, The Case Against Sugar, and his latest book, The Case for Keto, an exposé of the bad science behind conventional weight loss advice and a definitive argument in favour of low-carb-high-fat eating.

While government and nutritional agencies still spout the failed mantra of ‘eat less, move more’, doctors treating diabetes and obesity are experiencing extraordinary results among patients cutting out carbs; a diet which has the essential benefit of allowing you to lose weight without leaving you feeling hungry, one of the biggest reasons diets fail.

With forensic journalistic rigour, Taubes analyses the bad science behind our nutritional dogma which has failed to halt a diabetes and obesity crisis. He shows that weight gain is driven by genetic, hormonal factors – and not simply overeating, or 'gluttony' as is the underlying suggestion – citing compelling evidence that people with the propensity to fatten easily can be helped by a low carbohydrate diet, diets framed in the 70s and 80s as 'fads'.

This definitive read analyses a century of official advice and scientific study, offering hope to anyone wishing to prevent or reverse diabetes or obesity and will fundamentally change our habits around food forever.

About the author: Gary Taubes is the author of the bestselling The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat and The Diet Delusion. An award-winning science and health journalist, his writing has appeared in the Sunday Times magazine, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Nature and the British Journal of Medicine. He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science writers, Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and is a co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative. He lives in Oakland, California.