Taubes’s advice is directly at odds with the stale paradigm entrenched in public health circles for the last 60 years. But he is one of a growing band of medics and nutritional experts whose results show that dietary thinking should move on. Those who feel doomed to be fat would be well advised to digest every word of Taubes’s cogently argued, agenda-shifting book. It could be a life-changer for some.
Taubes approvingly cites the approach of Garry Kim, a physician who operates a chain of weight-control clinics in southern California. “He said that having no control over it, he tries to demonize the food environment. ‘I try to impart an us-versus-them mentality,’ he told me, ‘People are conspiring to make us all fat and we have to fight against it. We have to draw a line and not let them win.’” Purge your house of bad material, change your social networks, understand how the forces of evil — not least those close to you — seek to lead you astray, maintain your steadfastness in the teeth of their unbelief.