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UK Health Forum comment on the report: Eat Fat, Cut the Carbs and Avoid Snacking to Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Date23 May 2016
Year 2016
Summary
Responding to the report Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking to Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes, Dr Modi Mwatsama, Registered Nutritionist and Director of Global Health at the UK Health Forum said: 
 
“The messages in the report conflict fundamentally with current dietary advice on healthy eating and it has a number of flaws. First, unlike Public Health England’s Eatwell Guide, this report is not based on a rigorous, systematic and comprehensive review of the scientific evidence. 
 
Second, the messages are confusing and the report fails to make it clear who its intended audiences are. It mixes the findings from selected studies in patients with diabetes, the ‘metabolic syndrome’ and people who are trying to lose weight. These are contrasted with the Eatwell Guide’s healthy eating recommendations whose evidence and messages are targeted at the general healthy population. This is hugely misleading and will only lead to confusion. 
 
Third, the report lacks clarity and transparency on how it was produced. For example, it does not include information on the authors; nor does it state who funded it or whether it was peer-reviewed. 
 
My advice to individuals who are concerned about healthy eating would be to follow the official evidence-based recommendations of the Eatwell Guide. These are discussed in more detail on the NHS Choices website which has lots of useful tips and information.” 
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