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It seems like everyday you hear about a new do-it-all fitness regimen or a new study showing that the exercises that you once thought were best are actually bad for you. In our 21st Century Fitness series, we consult the brightest minds to try to cut through the fat and find out what it really takes to be fit and healthy today.

Why We Get Fat

Most doctors will tell you that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you consume. The science writer Gary Taubes would tell you to ignore most doctors. He argues that calories aren’t to blame for America’s obesity problem: hormones are, and so are carbs. To lose weight, Taubes says stay away the low-fat, carb rich foods most diets recommend, and instead eat lots of meat, eggs and fat. It’s a controversial opinion, but Taubes says the proof of science is on his side, and he joins us Thursday to make the case for changing what we think about why we get fat.


Gary Taubes is a science writer and the author of five books, including Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It [Amazon|Indiebound]. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times and was awarded an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 1996-97.

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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.