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‘Dueling diets’ and the New York Times | MinnPost

August 2, 2012

Writing in the Columbia Journalism Review Tuesday, Rochester-based freelance health writer Paul Scott takes New York Times reporter Gina Kolata to task for carrying on a professional feud with science writer Gary Taubes.

“Gary Taubes is one of the most interesting health writers in the country,” writes Scott. “He is an exhaustive researcher, an astute critic of experimental methodology, a historian of science and influential polemicist. But he can’t catch a break from Gina Kolata. This is awkward, because they both write for the same paper.

”The disagreement has to do with the “diet wars” — the debate over whether a low-fat or a low-carb diet is more healthful. Taubes has argued famously and extensively (“Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why Do We Get Fat?”) that carbs, not dietary fat, are what’s making us fat and fueling our obesity epidemic. Kolata (“Rethinking Thin”) has taken the opposing view — or, at least, she has said she isn’t convinced about Taubes’ position. As Scott points out, when Kolata reviewed “Good Calories, Bad Calories” in the Times in 2007 she dismissed Taubes’ exhaustive reporting with this rather odd statement: “[T]he problem with a book like this one, which goes on and on in great detail about experiments new and old in areas ranging from heart disease to cancer to diabetes, is that it can be hard to know what has been left out.”

via ‘Dueling diets’ and the New York Times | MinnPost.

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