Here's a slide show describing the project, which I found on the blog of Tim Ferriss. Ferriss is the author of "The 4-Hour Workweek" and a member of NuSI's Board of Advisors:
The project founders are Peter Attia and Gary Taubes, who are President and Director, respectively, of the new NuSI.
It sounds appealing, no?
"Biases are discarded in favor of solid, experimental data. ... No hidden agenda, no corporate interests, nothing to do with food subsidies or ulterior motives. Just good science. It’s about time, right?" - FerrissResearch is always biased, more or less. This will be a tall order for them.
The slide show above says, "the time has come to test [the alternative hypothesis] rigorously," and "to set aside conventional wisdom," which they define in part as "eating too many calories relative to how many calories are expended."
So, it appears, at least from this material, that the project will be setting aside investigation as to whether eating less has an impact on obesity. This is a concept I first read about in Gary Taubes' book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories," where he said,
"Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not overeating, and not sedentary behavior."Choosing not to study the science behind conventional wisdom sounds biased to me, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
"Consuming excess calories does not cause [Taubes' emphasis] us to grow fatter, any more than it causes a child to grow taller. Expending more energy than we consume does not lead to long-term weight loss; it leads to hunger."
I am also curious if NuSI's science will address food access. Economics, politics, culture, class, geography, logistics ... these all play a role in food choice. The poor experience higher rates of obesity in this country and access to healthful food is one reason why.