Gary Taubes

Journalist, nutrition expert and author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat

  • About Gary Taubes

    Gary Taubes, author of the bestselling Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, is an award-winning science writer and a correspondent for Science magazine. The only print journalist to have won three Science in Society Journalism awards, given by the National Association of Science Writers, he has contributed articles to The Best American Science Writing 2002 and to the 2000 and 2003 editions of The Best American Science and Nature Writing. In 2012 Taubes co-founded the Nutrition Science Initiative with the aim of “reducing the individual, social, and economic toll of obesity and its related diseases by improving the quality of science in nutrition and obesity research.”

    His 2002 New York Times Magazine cover story “What If It’s All a Big Fat Lie?” caused a big stir in the ongoing fat-versus-carbohydrate discussions. Then, in his book Good Calories, Bad Calories, Taubes went on to show that the key to good health is the kind of calories we take in, not the number. Through his research, Gary Taubes shakes up our preconceptions about diet and health, and he challenges scientific studies that have been misinterpreted and prescribed as advice for the general public for years. He offers instead new ways to eat, live, and think about health, based on the highest caliber of scientific research.

  • Speaking Topics

    Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity

    In this lecture, Gary Taubes explains why obesity is not caused—as conventional wisdom has it—by eating too much and exercising too little, but rather by the effect of the carbohydrates we consume on the hormones and enzymes that regulate our fat tissue.

    The Case Against Sugar

    Based on his April 2012 New York Times Magazine cover article, Gary Taubes discusses the history, politics, and science of sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and argues that these sweeteners may indeed be far more harmful to our health than public health authorities have been willing to accept.

    The (Political) Science of Fat

    Gary Taubes explains how politics, personalities, and bad science led us to implicate dietary fat and especially saturated fats as the cause of heart disease, when the experimental evidence has consistently failed to support that belief.

    Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy? A lecture about diet, health and the nature of science itself

    Establishing reliable knowledge about human health is among the most difficult challenges in the world of science. In this lecture, Gary Taubes argues that medical researchers and public health authorities have made it harder still by straying from the scientific principles that have proven true time and again in the physical sciences.

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