Stephan J. Guyenet, PhD -- The Science of Body Weight and Health

22 February 2024

The science of body weight and health
  • Mistakes page for The Hungry Brain
    I make mistakes, and acknowledging and correcting them is an important part of how I grow. On this page, I list every mistake I know of in my book The Hungry Brain, and whether they have been corrected in the paperback edition. Thanks to everyone who has pointed out mistakes! I’m certain there are more […]
  • Does energy imbalance (calories in > out) cause obesity?
    Gary Taubes argues that energy imbalance (calories in > out) does not cause obesity; rather, energy imbalance is a result of the fattening process. In this post, I evaluate this claim, which boils down to the question of which side of the energy balance equation is driving the other. A version of this debate has […]
  • In a stunning reversal, archaeologists report that Paleolithic humans ate nothing but animal fat
    April fools post! A new study released today in the journal Nature upends our beliefs about Paleolithic peoples, suggesting that their diets may have been based solely on animal fat. Previous research examining food particles in tooth plaque suggested that Paleolithic Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis consumed a wide variety of plant and animal foods, […]
  • References for my debate with Gary Taubes on The Joe Rogan Experience
    This is a list of references I am likely to cite in my debate with Gary Taubes on the Joe Rogan Experience on March 19.  During the debate, I’ll be calling out numbers corresponding to the references below.  Scroll down to the number I mentioned to see the references for yourself. Gary and I prepared […]
  • Quickly assessing the credibility of public experts
    We live in a complex world, and it’s impossible to be an expert on everything that impacts our lives.  In many domains, we have to trust the expertise of others to guide our decisions.  Yet not all experts hold rational beliefs, and many people who are framed as experts in media are not actually experts.  […]