If you are in the area, this looks really good:
Award-winning author Gary Taubes will speak at next week's Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) Research Conference:
"Why We Get Fat: Adiposity 101 and the Alternative Hypothesis of Obesity"
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
Lower Level Lecture Hall
Gary Taubes is the author of Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control and Disease (Knopf, 2007). He studied applied physics as an undergraduate at Harvard and has an MS degree in engineering from Stanford University and in journalism from Columbia. He is a contributing correspondent for the journal Science and has written as a freelance journalist for the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic, Esquire, and a host of other publications. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999, and 2001. Taubes is the only print journalist to win this award three times. Taubes is also the author of Nobel Dreams (Random House, 1987) and Bad Science (Random House, 1993), which was a New York Times Notable Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Awards.
The book is entitled The Diet Delusion in the United Kingdom - boy, they have a different spelling for everything over there.
ABC News has a lengthy excerpt of the book here.
I don't work in this field but obesity and obesity-associated diseases have a major impact on each of us, directly and indirectly.
(Hmmm - I'll have to ask him about there being nothing at garytaubes.com but the domain is taken.)
Oh man, wish I lived nearby! I just read his book and it is awesome. Reads like a science textbook, and gives a fascinatingly compelling perspective of the causes of obesity. Oh well. Maybe he'll speak in SF or Berkeley someday...