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Dec 5, 2021

What does the body of evidence have to say on the topic of obesity? Plus: the on-going downfall of Didier Raoult, purveyor of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, which dovetails into discussions about the Hongcheng magic liquid, the Galileo gambit, gluten and the backfire effect. And Chris answers listeners’ questions about genomics and cardiology and a syndrome called POTS.


Block 1:

Obesity myths: the body mass index (2:26)


Block 2:

Obesity myths: visceral adiposity, waist-to-hip ratio, obesity as a disease, fat and fit, the obesity paradox, exercising to lose weight, and a calorie is a calorie (10:20)


Block 3:

Didier Raoult and hydroxychloroquine (30:46)


Block 4:

Q&A: genomics and cardiology, and POTS (42:31)



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1) Is obesity a disease?:


2) Different BMI cutoffs in different ethnic groups: &


3) How to measure waist circumference:


4) Is obesity a disease?:


5) Metabolically healthy obese:


6) The obesity paradox:


7) Kevin Hall’s research on isocaloric diets:


8) Médiapart’s article on Didier Raoult (in French):


9) Our episode on direct-to-consumer genetic testing:


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