Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

The controversy over fat continues.   I debate it with people all the time.  Since the seventies (long story on how it began) people have it ingrained in them that the fat they eat is what makes them fat.    This hoax has been shaken somewhat by the advocacy of healthy fats.    Now some more news.   Switching a toddler from whole milk to skim milk does not prevent obesity:

Logic would suggest that giving children low-fat milk would help protect them from putting on excess pounds, but the reality is more complex, explained the research team led by Mark Daniel DeBoer, an associate professor in the pediatric endocrinology division at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. They suggested that milk fat may increase the feeling of fullness and reduce a child’s appetite for other fatty or calorie-dense foods.

This does not mean kids should be eating all the fatty foods they want.  It means healthy fats (even some saturated fats) are needed for their brain and body.  It is the other crap they need to pay attention to: eating too many processed foods, too little activity, etc.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]