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The Real Paleo Challenge:
How a Fad on the Fringe Can
Become a Force for Change
Adele Hite, MPH RD MAT
PhD student
NC Stat...
Policy ≠ Science

Science ≠ Policy
Cultural
change

Policy
change
Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs
1977 Dietary Goals:
A cultural shift becomes policy
Nutrition: Stuck in a limited past
Low-fat, low-calorie
energy
balance
blood lipids

Paleo
causes obesity

cause chronic d...
Meet the new boss.
Same as the old boss.
Current
nutrition
policies are
barriers to
growth of local
food systems.
Current nutrition policies
discriminate
Ancestral Health Framework: It’s complicated

genetics

Evolution
Anthropology
Microbiome
Systems biology
Epigenetics
Geno...
From “fad” to “force for change”

1) Grow up
2) Reach out
3) Dig in
Fun with Venn Diagrams
Vegetarian
Ancestral Health
Reduced-carbohydrate
Vegan
Paleo
Atkins
GROW UP: Body Size ≠ Health
GROW UP: Body Size ≠ Health
GROW UP: Food ≠ Nutrition
GROW UP: Food ≠ Nutrition
community

tradition
GROW UP: Food ≠ Medicine
GROW UP: Ditch the Nostalgia
GROW UP: Skip the Food Rules
GROW UP:
Move Past Politics of Responsibility
GROW UP:
Avoid Reliance on Limited Science
GROW UP:
Avoid Reliance on Limited Science
Known
(possibly incorrect)

Testable, but
not yet
imagined

Under
investigation...
GROW UP:
One Diet Will NOT Rule Them All
DIG IN:
Voting with your fork is not enough
DIG IN: The Story We Enact
DIG IN:
Feed the hungry protein food!
Farm to Family Initiatives
REACH OUT:
Get Past Confirmation Bias
REACH OUT:
Everyone is a future ally
REACH OUT:
Health at Every Size
• Accepting and respecting the
natural diversity of body sizes and
shapes.
• Eating in a f...
REACH OUT:
Invest in Healthy Food Project

Make federal policy work for, not against,
farmers who want to grow healthy foo...
Throw a better party . . .
Thank you for the inspiration:
Laura Schoenfeld @ Ancestralize Me!
Beth Mazur @ Weight Maven
Melissa McEwan @ Hunt Gather ...
AHS13 Adele Hite - The Real Paleo Challenge: How a Fad on the Fringe Can Become a Force for Change
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AHS13 Adele Hite - The Real Paleo Challenge: How a Fad on the Fringe Can Become a Force for Change

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Adele's AHS13 talk, The Real Paleo Challenge: How a Fad on the Fringe Can Become a Force for Change, may be viewed on our youtube channel:
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AHS13 Adele Hite - The Real Paleo Challenge: How a Fad on the Fringe Can Become a Force for Change

  1. 1. The Real Paleo Challenge: How a Fad on the Fringe Can Become a Force for Change Adele Hite, MPH RD MAT PhD student NC State University
  2. 2. Policy ≠ Science Science ≠ Policy
  3. 3. Cultural change Policy change
  4. 4. Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs
  5. 5. 1977 Dietary Goals: A cultural shift becomes policy
  6. 6. Nutrition: Stuck in a limited past Low-fat, low-calorie energy balance blood lipids Paleo causes obesity cause chronic disease endocrinological and/or energy balance Neolithic foods Public health message? meat eggs butter full-fat dairy AVOID “The sun revolves around the earth.” grains and cereals peanuts and soy any dairy “The earth revolves around the sun”
  7. 7. Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.
  8. 8. Current nutrition policies are barriers to growth of local food systems.
  9. 9. Current nutrition policies discriminate
  10. 10. Ancestral Health Framework: It’s complicated genetics Evolution Anthropology Microbiome Systems biology Epigenetics Genomics environment
  11. 11. From “fad” to “force for change” 1) Grow up 2) Reach out 3) Dig in
  12. 12. Fun with Venn Diagrams Vegetarian Ancestral Health Reduced-carbohydrate Vegan Paleo Atkins
  13. 13. GROW UP: Body Size ≠ Health
  14. 14. GROW UP: Body Size ≠ Health
  15. 15. GROW UP: Food ≠ Nutrition
  16. 16. GROW UP: Food ≠ Nutrition community tradition
  17. 17. GROW UP: Food ≠ Medicine
  18. 18. GROW UP: Ditch the Nostalgia
  19. 19. GROW UP: Skip the Food Rules
  20. 20. GROW UP: Move Past Politics of Responsibility
  21. 21. GROW UP: Avoid Reliance on Limited Science
  22. 22. GROW UP: Avoid Reliance on Limited Science Known (possibly incorrect) Testable, but not yet imagined Under investigation Imaginable, but untestable Unimaginable Courtesy: Chris Masterjohn
  23. 23. GROW UP: One Diet Will NOT Rule Them All
  24. 24. DIG IN: Voting with your fork is not enough
  25. 25. DIG IN: The Story We Enact
  26. 26. DIG IN: Feed the hungry protein food!
  27. 27. Farm to Family Initiatives
  28. 28. REACH OUT: Get Past Confirmation Bias
  29. 29. REACH OUT: Everyone is a future ally
  30. 30. REACH OUT: Health at Every Size • Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes. • Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite. • Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.
  31. 31. REACH OUT: Invest in Healthy Food Project Make federal policy work for, not against, farmers who want to grow healthy food, specifically fruits and vegetables. Make healthy locally-grown food more available and affordable to consumers.
  32. 32. Throw a better party . . .
  33. 33. Thank you for the inspiration: Laura Schoenfeld @ Ancestralize Me! Beth Mazur @ Weight Maven Melissa McEwan @ Hunt Gather Love Robert Patterson @ Michael Rose’s 55 Chris Masterjohn @ The Daily Lipid Doug Imig – The Urban Child Institute Andrew Abrahams - Long Dream Farm Michael Ostrolenk – The Transpartisan Center

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