No, actually don’t try this at home

“When I see a picture of someone who’s really hugely fat,” Nigella Lawson once told a talk-show host, “I don’t think ‘how hideous’. I think how delicious it must have been to get there”.

Not so Katie Hopkins, who earlier this year embarked on her very own ridiculous “Fat Story“. The conceit*: put on 3-4 stone (that’s about 25 kg) and lose it again to show how easy it is – or rather, that all fat people need is a kick up the arse.

If you haven’t heard of her, this is all you need: she calls herself the biggest bitch in Britain, and was apparently ranked the second most loathed person in the world, after Vladimir Putin. Perfect person for the job, right?

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#LCHF never fails. Except when it does.

Move over Big Fat Surprise, ‘Nutritionist, bestselling Author, and Speaker’ Christine Cronau is way ahead of the (ahem) curve when it comes to ‘reporting on the biggest health blunder in history’, and teaching you how to revolutionise your body with fat. But don’t think of any of this as a diet:

LCHF no diet

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When an n=1 can actually teach us something

downloadThere’s been a good round of attention lately to various manifestations of bad science and hyperbolic (mis)representations of health claims (also don’t miss this excellent rant by a dietitian). Often the problem isn’t with the specific detail (however it may look to some people, the Philosophe actually isn’t out to “get” Professor Tim Noakes, nor does he have any reason to wish for the LCHF hypothesis to fail), but with the method of inquiry, and how people in positions of authority set poor examples of logical reasoning, and of how science works.

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This is what a cherry looks like

You’d be forgiven for thinking that I have some kind of chip on my shoulder about Professor Tim Noakes. Well I don’t. But I do have a problem with his method of cherry-picking data to suit his purposes. Let me clarify: yesterday one of his Twitter followers linked to a public lecture given by Noakes, with the comment that ‘watching this lecture … could be the single best thing you do this year for your health.’

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