Dr Helen Petousis-Harris: The demonization of fat

From SkepticsNZ: Some of the links between diet and health outcomes in the 1970s were very tenuous. However these have been translated into ‘fact’ and public health policy in the belief that this was for the greater good. This talk explores some of the fallacies behind the ‘science’.

Helen Petousis-Harris is a scientist in molecular medicine who works as Research Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre. She is currently writing her PhD on factors associated with vaccine reactogenicity and recently co-wrote a chapter on immunisation scares for a book called “The Sky is Falling! A Colorful History of Media Panics”.

Click below to listen to a recording of Dr Petousis-Harris’s presentation at the New Zealand Skeptics Society conference August 13 – 15, Auckland, New Zealand