A British charity called the National Obesity Forum, in association with the Public Health Coalition, is in the news today for attacking the low-fat dietary guidelines and food industry manipulation of science (in the UK known as the Eatwell Guide), and suggesting a way out of our growing public health crisis in this document. The Public Health Coalition earlier came out with LCHF guidelines for the prevention and control of obesity and diabetes, and with real food, healthy fat guidelines for the rest of the population. You can download this document, Healthy Eating Guidelines & Weight Loss Advice For The United Kingdom, here.
They’ve even created some cool graphics to counter Public Health England’s dire grain-based Eatwell Guide:
The National Obesity Forum/Public Health Collaboration report has had excellent coverage in the UK media, their recommendations are in all the major newspapers, news websites, and TV news programs.
This has stirred up the usual backlash from experts, many from the UK organizations that have sweetheart deals with the food industry.
Dr Tedstone of Public Health England responded to the publication by saying: “In the face of all the evidence, calling for people to eat more fat, cut out carbs and ignore calories is irresponsible.”
She said thousands of scientific studies were considered as part of the official guidance adopted throughout the UK, whereas the National Obesity Forum quoted just 43 studies, some of which were comment pieces.
She added: “It’s a risk to the nation’s health when potentially influential voices suggest people should eat a high fat diet, especially saturated fat. Too much saturated fat in the diet increases the risk of raised cholesterol, a route to heart disease and possible death.”
You get the picture. Let’s all get lost in the “totality of the evidence” and leave things as they are, with the Food Industry in charge of our diets in a token partnership with these expert bodies it sponsors.
So who are these irresponsible people at the Public Health Collaboration? They include GP David Unwin, who has published several papers about the effectiveness of LCHF in treating obesity, type 2 diabetes, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in his Southport practice. Dr Unwin’s practice has been reported as saving £45,000 per year on drugs for type 2 diabetes compared to the average in his area. (If you want a guide as to how to introduce the LCHF diet into clinical practice in an affordable, practical way, we recommend Dr Unwin’s work)
The PHC also includes cardiologist Aseem Malhotra, who promotes a low carb, high-fat Mediterranean diet as an effective way of managing coronary heart disease, plus a dietitian, a diabetologist and several more GPs. Of particular interest is the presence of a psychiatrist and psychologist, showing a holistic understanding of the importance of not only finding solutions, but motivating and helping people as individuals.
All these people have considerable experience between them, often working in deprived areas and with seriously ill patients; they are reporting back from the front lines in the war on diabesity and the health problems caused by poor nutrition, and it would be foolish not to take them seriously just because they have produced a short, readable document.
The PHC’s Healthy Eating Guidelines & Weight Loss Advice For The United Kingdom joins the ranks of Real Food Guidelines globally – including our own Real Food Guidelines from 2014, as well as the Brazilian dietary guidelines and the Canadian Government report on obesity.
It’s the Real Food Revolution and it’s not going to be won in a day, but when you get a group of well-qualified people leading by example and ignoring the nay-sayers to show that the LCHF approach works, as the members of the PHC are doing in Britain, it’s no longer just a battle of words. The public are impressed by results, rather than by hearing opinions, or by reading thousands of peer-reviewed papers. Which we still do, because reading peer-reviewed papers is necessary, useful, and often rewarding, but by golly it’s nice to see people helped by LCHF to a better life on TV, as in the recent Aussie TV show The Saving Australia Diet.