Gary Taubes – ‘The History of a Very Bad Idea: Energy Balance, Fat Shaming & the Science of Obesity’

is an investigative science and health reporter and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative ( He is the author of '' (2020 ), 'The Case Versus Sugar' (2016 ), ' and What to Do About It' (2011) and 'Great Calories, ' (2007 ), (published as 'The Diet plan Deception' in the UK).

Gary is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Structure Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won various other awards for his journalism. These consist of the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Company and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. He is the first print journalist to win this award 3 times.

Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in used physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia.

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  1. Why is Gary speaking so fast? He’s out of breath. I’m struggling to stay engaged even though I know what he’s saying is important.

    1. Fast talkers…it’s so true of so many interesting speakers, unfortunately & drives me nuts. I slow down their talking so I can hear it and read it and absorb it.

  2. After reading your book Gary, I very easily understood what not to eat, and found out how easy eating healthy really is! Thank you for helping to see that there’s a reason why processed food no matter what they call it is not good!

  3. I love the deep dive into the medical/scientific history. We seem to be dealing with a complex system that resists simplistic mechanistic explanations. Just when I think I’ve conquered the beast — and I have had great success seemingly concentrating on insulin — the beast confounds me and returns. Sometimes a concentration on first principles seems to work, but sometimes not. I am a complex system that resists simple explanations.

  4. Drives me crazy that Gary won’t stop interrupting Westman. He wanted to make a point or ask a question and all Gary could do is keep talking. Had to stop listening.

  5. As a strong adherent to a keto diet, I was very surprised that a Calcium Artery Scan result done this week decayed dramatically, in 2018 my Agatson was 24, now in 2022 my Agatson is 96. Considering I have eaten no carbs, no sugar, no alcohol what so ever during that whole period, I hope that some one can provide me a clue to this, as I have no intention to stop keto. I have no idea where to find an extpert to discuss this with or an informative link. Very grateful for any hints.
    PS I only have a vague thought / guess that the magnesium and zinc supplements I take daily might be inducing calcium, else I have no ideas.
    Many Thanks

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