Just to clarify, the title was just a way of posing this as a question. Obviously the NY times just report the news, so I don't hold them responsible for reporting this crap, but it was prescient enough and is trending on a prolific tech news board, so I wanted to share it and express my sincere disdain for this irresponsible interviewee.
"so something [genetic] happened early in a persons life which led them to store more fat?"
asked byKyle_FitFolks (413)
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on July 14, 2012
at 11:40 PM
This part is particularly troubling:
"Did people unexpectedly gain or lose weight when they had the same amount of calories but in a diet of a different composition?"
No. There was zero difference between high-fat and low-fat diets.
Despite his response being confined to low fat versus high fat (he may associate high fat with high protein), no distinction is made on the type of fat either.
Consider this one for an obese teenager whose diet revolves around fast food:
"What would you tell someone who wanted to lose weight?"
I would have them eat a lower-calorie diet. They should eat whatever they normally eat, but eat less. You must carefully measure this. Eat as little as you can get away with, and try to exercise more.
Despite the fact that he would be a highly respected paragon of medical experience he is an emeritus professor, that is retired, and perhaps not the most reliable authority on the latest evidence based approaches that converge on the intersection of food manufacturing, nutrition, biochemistry, endocrinology, toxicology, genetics, epigenetics, intestinal flora and evolution.
No, in respect to this particular article the NY Times is not anti-paleo, its anti-evidence based.