Tim Noakes Public Talk, Johannesburg

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The RSSAf Northern Branch is hosting a FREE public talk by Prof Tim Noakes entitled ‘Is the ‘heart-healthy’ prudent diet the single worst medical mistake of the 20th century?’ at 1pm on Wednesday, 30 October at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital Auditorium Wits Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown.
In 1977 the US Department of Agriculture produced the Food Pyramid based on 6-11 servings of grains and cereals per day and an avoidance of dietary fat. Thus humans were encouraged to eat foods that had not been present for 99% of the period of human evolution. One probable consequence is that humans are less healthy today and suffer from a much wider range of diseases than were ever present in traditional populations that ate their traditional foods. In those populations heart disease, cancer and the so-called auto-immune disease were either completely absent or profoundly uncommon. Professor Noakes’s topic covers the politics, commercial influences and the absence of science that drove the adoption of the dietary guidelines of 1977. He will present the evidence that suggests that unless we radically alter our current dietary advice we will be powerless to prevent or reverse the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that is already apparent in all South African youth.

Timothy David Noakes is Discovery Health Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town, and Director of University of Cape Town/Medical Research Council Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine in the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.

He is the author or co-author of more than 450 scientific publications, has an A1-rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF), and was the 2012 recipient of the NRF Lifetime Achievement Award, for his contribution to sports science research. His book Lore of Running has been widely praised as the most complete such book yet written – the “Bible” of running. Noakes is also co-author of Running Injuries (with Steve Granger), Lore of Cycling, Running Your Best (with Steve Granger), Rugby Without Risk (with Morné du Plessis) and Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket (with Bob Woolmer). He has also authored his scientific autobiography, Challenging Beliefs, which was published in 2011 and Waterlogged: The serious problem of overhydration in endurance sport, which was published in May 2012.   ALL WELCOME, NO CHARGE


Professor Andrea Fuller, andrea.fuller@wits.ac.za (011-717-2162)
Professor Jane Carruthers,
j.carruthers@mweb.co.za (082-824-7766)


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