Posts: Garry Egger
South Eastern NSW PHN has announced funding for eight new programs to help reduce overweight and obesity levels, and promote healthy and active ageing for people who live in the region. One of these is a trial of Programmed SMAs (PSMAs) being conducted by our own Profs Garry Egger and John […]
Causality is a difficult concept in chronic disease. Rarely is it as simply explained as Koch’s Postulates was able to do with acute disease.
Attempts to assign a ‘linear’ relationship (i.e. presence of risk = development of disease) to chronic diseases often fall short of a comprehensive causal explanation vis. ‘diet’ as a singular cause of […]
We now know that around 60% of all cases presenting to primary care have a lifestyle or environmentally related cause, requiring significant changes to behaviours such as diet and exercise for effective long-term management.
But realistically, how easy is it to prompt these changes at the clinical level? And how much time is needed in a […]
Those who have been around long enough in the obesity research area, typically despair of the public approach to ‘diets’ – low carbs, low fat, high protein – as a long-term solution for weight loss.
All come with ‘evidence’ that they work – at least within the limited sample and time span with which they’re tested. […]
The term ‘paradigm shift’ is bandied around freely in medicine – and other sciences – these days. It suggests a sideways shift in the direction of thinking in any particular field of endeavour. Originally proposed by the science philosopher, Thomas Khun (hence the term ‘Khunian paradigm shift’), it was meant to show that big advances […]
27 February 2017
Last week the Turnbull government announced that it would not support a sugar tax to tackle obesity stating that, unlike Labor, “we don’t believe increasing the family grocery bill at the supermarket is the answer to this challenge” .
Fact check: In Mexico, based on a sugar tax of 10%, […]
The government and policy makers often tell the public that lifestyle problems such as obesity, and the diabetes often associated with it, are their fault; just be a bit more virtuous and you won’t get a modern disease. This victim blaming tends to absolve governments, health bodies and big business from any blame for the […]
Lifestyle, environment and chronic disease – a confluence of causes
This is the fifth and final part in a short series of interviews with the esteemed folk who spoke on August 11 at ‘An Evening with Dr David Katz. Lifestyle, environment and chronic disease: a confluence of causes.’ Co-hosted by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and […]
When does evidence-based medicine (EBM) override logic-based medicine?
More often than it should, according to a punchy piece in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal. Scottish GP, Des Spence, decries the defiling of the EBM model as a ‘loaded gun at clinician’s heads.’
He claims the drug industry has benefited most from EBM, by ‘widening […]
Professor Garry Egger on how the way we think influences our health
Far be it for a humble Australian academic to critique a great French philosopher. But I’m sure if Descartes were alive today he would agree that his famous dictum, “I think, therefore I am,” could be made more snappy by adding, “…depressed, anxious, self-conscious, […]