Yes, Fad Diets Make You Fat

It's post-Thanksgiving so I suppose I must say something about overeating. Fad diets contribute to obesity, says the president of the British Society of Gastroenterology. He singles out Atkins, Raw, Hallelujah (fruits and seeds, as mentioned in the Book of Genesis), and Grapefruit diets for particular scorn. Why? He doesn't say. His otherwise sensible conclusion: "The problem facing society is not the content of our diet but it's the quantity we are consuming and the consequential impact of obesity."

Ah yes, quantity. Probably best not to mention it this week. Enjoy the weekend!

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Marion Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is the author of Food Politics, Safe Food, What to Eat, and Pet Food Politics. More

Nestle also holds appointments as Professor of Sociology at NYU and Visiting Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell. She is the author of three prize-winning books: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (revised edition, 2007), Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety (2003), and What to Eat (2006). Her most recent book is Feed Your Pet Right: The Authoritative Guide to Feeding Your Dog and Cat. She writes the Food Matters column for The San Francisco Chronicle and blogs almost daily at Food Politics.

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