Posts: Garry Egger

27 06, 2017

Is the link between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes as causal as is often presumed?

By | 2017-06-29T16:46:17+00:00 June 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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 […]

10 05, 2017

Can Brief Interventions Work for Lifestyle Change?

By | 2017-05-17T15:15:00+00:00 May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

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 […]

30 03, 2017

Which diet works best for weight loss? – Whatever!

By | 2017-05-03T11:32:02+00:00 March 30th, 2017|0 Comments

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. […]

7 03, 2017

Chronic Pain: is it time for a paradigm shift?

By | 2017-06-01T21:15:49+00:00 March 7th, 2017|0 Comments

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 02, 2017

Media Release: No sugar tax, lack of action on obesity

By | 2017-05-03T12:28:56+00:00 February 27th, 2017|0 Comments

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” [1].

Fact check: In Mexico, based on a sugar tax of 10%, […]

21 02, 2017

No more blame game: why we need to rethink what’s behind chronic disease

By | 2017-03-06T14:32:07+00:00 February 21st, 2017|0 Comments

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 […]

16 08, 2016

3 minutes with Professor Garry Egger

By | 2017-02-17T11:13:30+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Comments Off on 3 minutes with Professor Garry Egger

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 […]

13 04, 2016

When evidence and logic coincide

By | 2017-02-17T11:22:36+00:00 April 13th, 2016|0 Comments

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 […]

12 04, 2016

The power of thought

By | 2017-02-17T11:22:54+00:00 April 12th, 2016|0 Comments

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, […]