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Dr. Oz Says Meat Is Not The Cause Of America’s Obesity Problem

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TV personality Dr. Oz talks about America's obesity epidemic on "The View."

Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon, author and television host, as well as director of the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. On his daily talk show, “The Dr. Oz Show,” the two-time Emmy® Award winner hosts nutrition experts, diet and fitness professionals and celebrities. Frankly, I find it ironic that five days/week, he can come up with new, innovative ways for folks to lose weight -- sometimes contradicting the idea presented the day before. But, once in awhile, I think Oz gets it right.

Earlier this week, Oz appeared on the talk show, “The View,” which if you aren’t familiar, features the opinions of co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepherd, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. While visiting with the women, Oz talked about the need for Americans to lose weight to improve their heart and liver health.

When Walters asked Oz for three pieces of health advice, I was pleased to hear Oz say, “Cut out the white foods -- white rice, white flour, white pasta. Eat real foods -- foods that come out of the ground. If you eat them, you will stay thin. You’ve got to cut the sugar, too.”

Oz went on to tell the audience: “Meat is not the cause of obesity in America. Red meat is okay.”

Finally, a popular, mainstream doctor admits that red meat offers muscle-building, fat-burning protein power! More than likely, he’ll have something negative to say about meat on his show later this week, but for now, I’ll take the victory!

What do you think about the doctor’s health recommendations?

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Discuss this Blog Entry 12

Chuck Huseman (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

Amanda - You only reduce your own credibility by quoting Dr. Oz. He has proven himself to be an uninformed mouthpiece for any media fashionable cause. Has lack of attention to basic and true science has been shown again and again. You calling him a "mainstream doctor" is giving him way too much credit. We can not, as an industry, discount a source of information as unreliable, only to embrace it if it happens to say something that we agree with. As the saying goes: "even a blind hog finds an acorn once in a while". Just because that is the case, it is no call to advocate following that lucky pig.

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

I have watched Dr. Oz often enough to vouch for his incredible capacity to explain complex medical issues in ways that non science people can understand, something I spent 45 years in office practice and biweekly continuing education for physicians doing myself, so I know how difficult it is, and how much fun. Listen Chuck, even you will learn a thing or two. NONE of us is correct ALL the time, especially as knowledge and insights as to their meanings are roaring at us anew every day. Oz is NOT a blind hog.
johndykersmd@dykers.com

Kelly M Rivard (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

See, I have trouble getting excited about this. Dr. Oz has such a history of inconsistency and flip-flopping. While he's great at reaching the public en mass, I still don't see his current endorsement (or lack of negativity toward) meat all that promising. Because, who knows: next week, he could very easily decide meat is the problem AGAIN.

Dr. Oz follows hype, ratings, and viewership. He's been known to bash the meat industry in the past. I don't really herald this one as a victory, unless the good doctor decided to turn over a new leaf and base his recommendations on sound science and the well-being of the public, rather than the almighty dollar.

And there is my cynical moment of the day.

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

"Meat" covers an enormous range of dietary choices. Primarily the health and obesity problems are with the fat content of the meat. Pork sausage and CharLean steak are both meat, but are polar opposites regarding their health effects. ALSO, fat helps turn off our appetite signals, so a little at the right time may also be helpful.
Don't confuse complexity with flip flopping.
johndykersmd@dykers.com

Kelly M Rivard (not verified)
on Nov 2, 2012

You raise a good point, John. Duly noted. At the same time, I'm slow to trust Dr. Oz. So much of what he recommends or sells is based on fad science and pop culture. And his biggest backer and the kickstarter of his television career is Oprah -- the same woman who waged a campaign against the American beef industry.

I'm sure he is a decent enough person and probably an alright doctor from a practicing standpoint. However, I prefer to be cautiously aware of what he has to say regarding the products grown by hardworking American farmers. I'm wary that it's only a matter of time before he's attached to an expose' or something in which farmers and ranchers receive the brunt.

on Nov 1, 2012

I didn't really need to have Dr Oz confirm the heathfulness of meat to me, but it is probably valuable for the many millions of people who listen to him every week to hear it from such an 'authority'. We have pretty well eliminated all the 'white foods' from our diet and it has made a world of difference in our health. While it always made biological sense to me that eating meat should keep you lean, I could never understand how we can feed grains to livestock with the expectation of it making them fatter while somehow thinking eating bread, pasta, tortillas, or rice could ever do anything different for us.

Jordan Schlake (not verified)
on Nov 2, 2012

I agree with your statement whole-heartedly. Whenever someone asks me why I order a burger without a bun or avoid pasta in any form I find it very effective to say that grains are precisely what we use to fatten animals and they'll fatten us in the same way. Being able to hear this from Dr. Oz will probably help my wife as she is still convinced that red meat leads to weight gain. Some people just need someone with a name they recognize and some sort of qualifications to make health decisions.

Steve C., MO (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

Another syndicated physician, Dr. Gott, not retired, authored the 'no flour, no sugar' diet which is very easy and has done wonders. Also, read labels. Avoid any foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, which is very hard to do. Anything containing corn does the same to humans it does to cattle.

on Nov 1, 2012

Whatever your opinion is of Dr. Oz, he does reach millions of our consumers and potential consumers. By default, his opinion matters. Maybe we could try to get Beef Council nutritionists on the program?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

I have to agree with this comment. If Dr. Oz is so inconsistent, he needs help being consistent. Deploying educated, fact-based beef nutritionists to reach out to Dr. Oz could be a big help! We need to be more proactive about getting our messages out there rather than responding in a reactive way once something goes out that isn't true.

Steve (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

This is good Amanda, what I've been agreeing to all the time. The human body has to have and needs all the food groups to stay the most healthy. Of course moderation is the key.

And naturally some people will disagree quoting some study by officials who doesn't agree. That has been the case since beginning of time. I want the freedom to eat what I feel is good for me and not forced by gov't regulations that was sponsored by extreme activist with an 'agenda'.

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Nov 1, 2012

I had to come back and admit that what I DO is eat a big salad almost every day accompanited by a steak or occassionally chicken breast broiled or cold boiled shrimp. Sometimes put the steak in a sandwich of rye bread or just add the chicken or shirimp to the salad. Take most of my carbohydrates as beer! Limit 2 pints a day, and usually half that. My treat is a little chocolate in the mornings becaue if I eat it in the evening it keeps me awake now. Age 77, 74 inches tall, 36 inch waist.180 lbs. The name of my as yet unpublished diet book is "Pleasure per Calorie per Dollar"
Johndykersmd@dykers.com

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