The science of obesity

Let’s act on the best available evidence on obesity

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3015 (Published 22 May 2013)
Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3015

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  1. J Lennert Veerman, senior research fellow1
  1. 1School of Population Health, University of Queensland, Herston, QLD 4006, Australia
  1. l.veerman{at}sph.uq.edu.au

Taubes argues that we “start anew” in obesity research.1 From a public health perspective, I have five reflections on his essay.

Firstly, he juxtaposes the energy balance against a failure of hormonal/metabolic regulation. However, the two are not mutually exclusive. Did previous generations of researchers really consider energy imbalance as the “cause” of obesity without thinking that other factors might influence …

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