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Are we digging our graves with our knives and forks?


Are we digging our graves with our knives and forks?

Once you have learned how to spell “epidemiology” you’re well on the way to understanding what it means. The word “epidemic” is a clue: affecting a large percentage of the population, the “demos”. Just put “ology” on the end and then we have “the study of disease in the population at large.” Now, add “ist” and we have a person, an epidemiologist, one who does this.

The guest this week In Conversation with Noel Cheer on Face Television evening is a professor of epidemiology at the University of Auckland – Professor Rod Jackson. He wrote, “it seems kind of weird that you reduce your fat intake and get fatter. But I think it’s possible if the price we’ve paid for eating less fat has been eating more sugar”. He has put his finger on the cruel deception of low fat muesli which is loaded with sugar. Oh, and then there's the danger posed by butter .....


"In Conversation with Noel Cheer", Face Television, Monday April 1st at 7:00pm, repeated on Tuesday April 2nd at 12 noon.

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