Most US dietary recommendations are not fully supported by
well-controlled scientific studies. The implications for this
are profound, particularly since two-thirds of Americans are
either overweight or obesity and the incidence of diabetes, heart
disease, cancer, and Alzheimers disease continue to be
a major medical concern. Surgeon Peter Attia examines one such
pillar of dietary wisdom - the Lipid
Hypothesis, suggesting lower cholesterol
and saturated fat
reduces the incidence of heart disease.
Surgeon Peter Attia has focused his medical career on investigating
the relationship between nutrition, obesity, and diabetes. Dr
Attia developed metabolic syndrome
himself, despite being an avid exerciser and nutrition buff.
Realizing that our understanding of these important health issues
may not be correct, he co-founded the Nutrition Science Initiative,
a nonprofit organization that uses vigorous scientific inquiry
to test current dogma and alternative hypotheses. Attia also
writes Eating Academy, a blog documenting his own adventures
in nutrition, which examine scientific evidence surrounding food,
weight loss and disease risk.
Dr. Attia received his medical degree from Stanford University
and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics
from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He
performed his surgical training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital
in Baltimore, Maryland and his fellowship in surgical oncology
at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland.
Also see Dr Attia's other seminar: Is
the Obesity Crisis Hiding a Bigger Problem?