[…] Because the ultimate goal is to identify the environmental triggers of obesity, experiments should, ideally, be directed at elucidating the processes that lead to the accumulation of excess fat. But obesity can take decades to develop, so any month-to-month fat gains may be too small to detect. Thus, the first step that NuSI-funded researchers will take is to test the competing hypotheses on weight loss, which can happen relatively quickly. These first results will then help determine what future experiments are needed to further clarify the mechanisms at work and which of these hypotheses is correct.
“A 3-Year-Old Mute Girl Miraculously Starts Talking After Cream Cheese Diet.” This headline appeared in the news for several days in July, 2013 (1). It is a true story about a little girl who lives in England. It is also an excellent starting point for a discussion of the ketogenic diet.