Thursday, July 19, 2012

Leaders Must Acknowledge Their Limits

While I have no professional training as an ethicist, I still think I have a good idea about what is and is not ethical.  As I’ve learned more and more about this topic, it appears to me that the state of our current nutritional environment, with food policies based on just about everything but rigorous, experimental science, couldn’t make much ethical sense.

As was highlighted in this post, there are folks with the figurative blood on their hands of a lot of obese, diabetic people.  They made recommendations, said they were based in science, and they clearly were not.  Peter Attia, in the article linked above, tells the story of how it came to pass that a generation believed that saturated fat was proven harmful - and does so in about 400 pages less than Gary Taubes' "Good Calories Bad Calories."

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