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Letters The science of obesity

Am I missing something in the essay on the science of obesity?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3010
  1. Ben Bradley, general practitioner1
  1. 1Meuchedet Health Care Organisation, Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel
  1. bdbradley70{at}

Taubes contrasts two obesity hypotheses—excess energy intake versus a “hormonal disorder.”1 It becomes clear, however, that the second theory is not about a disorder, but about excess consumption of carbohydrates causing obesity, with insulin implicated as the mechanism. A disorder normally means pathology of a particular system, or “a derangement or abnormality of function; a morbid …

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