If my blog does nothing else but funnel you over to Sweden, then I will consider myself successful. Why Sweden?
The answer is simple: While the U.S. is struggling with an obesity epidemic, Sweden is not. Instead, Swedes are healthy amidst skyrocketing butter sales (and presumably butter consumption) in their country. What gives?
Swedes are reaping the benefits of a food revolution. This revolution began in 2004 when, after much research, Dr. Annika Dahlqvist adopted the Low-Carb, High-Fat (LCHF) diet for herself and began recommending it to her patients . The LCHF diet alarmed Swedish dieticians who were still stuck in the same old dogma of High-Carb, Low-Fat diet guidelines. Thus, two dieticians in Sweden referred Dr. Dahlqvist to the Swedish Medical Board. They complained that she was hurting her patients’ health by advocating the LCHF diet. They wanted her medical license revoked.
The flashpoint occurred in 2008 when, after a two-year review, the Swedish Medical Board determined that there was sufficient scientific evidence to support the health benefits of a LCHF diet. To the disappointment of the dieticians involved, Dr. Dahlqvist was allowed to continue practicing medicine and suggesting the LCHF diet to patients. Soon after, as many as 1 in 3 Swedes began to adopt the LCHF diet in some way, shape or form. Norway and Finland have since followed suit, and the health of their people has also improved – along with their butter sales!
The torch was soon handed from Dr. Dahlqvist to Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, a family practitioner who began advocating the LCHF diet with great success. He also started the most important dietary blog in the world: Diet Doctor.
Soon after, Sweden made history. On September 23, 2013, SBU, the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment, dropped a bombshell. After a two-year long inquiry, reviewing 16,000 studies, the report “Dietary Treatment for Obesity” pended the conventional dietary guidelines for obese or diabetic people by rejecting low-fat diet dogma in favor of Low-Carb, High-Fat nutrition.
This report from SBU (Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment) is likely to be the basis for future dietary guidelines for obesity treatment within the Swedish health care system.
It is from these sources that I find my inspiration in blogging about the LCHF diet from a pediatrician’s point of view.
The science is clear: The “calorie-in, calorie-out” method for losing weight does not work. High-Carb, Low-Fat diets do not work. This blog will strive to show the science behind the LCHF diet and why it DOES work.