Forks Vs Feet – Watch the Debate Live Here Starting at 11:55 EST on May 12

You can catch the Forks vs Feet Debate here live beginning at 11:55 EST on May 12.  Since we now have live video streaming we will no longer be live-streaming the audio via Talk Shoe.  I think that this video feed will be ad-free, but this is my first time using to stream an event so I am not certain – apologies in advance if there are any ads.

UPDATE:  The video of the debate can be found below.  Huge thanks to Adrian Ebsary for recording the video and doing a terrific job getting up online! 

Thanks again to our terrific debaters, our moderater Dr Rachel Colley, our sponsors (the Canadian Obesity Network and the University of Ottawa Faculty of Health Sciences) and all the members of the University of Ottawa Canadian Obesity Network Student and New Professionals group who helped organize the debate.   Finally, thanks to Atif Kukaswadia for prodding me to do the video livestream, and for organizing a satellite event at Queen’s University so that Queen’s students and staff could watch live.

Enjoy the video!

Part 1: Dr Bob Ross argues for the importance of physical activity

Dr. Robert Ross Argues for Exercise – Obesity Debate May 2011 – 1 of 2 from Adrian J. Ebsary on Vimeo.

Part 2: Dr Yoni Freedhoff argues for the importance of diet

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff Argues for Nutrition – Obesity Debate May 2011 – 2 of 2 from Adrian J. Ebsary on Vimeo.

Part 3: Concluding statements and questions

Concluding Statements and Questions – Obesity Debate May 2011 from Adrian J. Ebsary on Vimeo.

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13 Responses to Forks Vs Feet – Watch the Debate Live Here Starting at 11:55 EST on May 12

  1. Looking forward to it!!

  2. WRG says:

    Will we be able to watch it after the fact? I’ll be at work and unable to tune in.

    • Travis says:

      Absolutely. In the next few weeks we will be putting up a copy of the video and an audio-only version will be going up in the podcast as well.

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  4. Atif says:

    I can’t really take credit for the streaming here beyond harassing you – Mariane Heroux, Morgan Craig-Broadwith and the other Queen’s Chapter CONSNPs booked the room and advertised it :)

  5. Harry says:

    Thank you very much for posting this debate.

    I have to side with Yoni on this one, as his presentation had the benefit of being more balanced and comprehensive. Bob’s was a little more polemical, and relied too heavily on data drawn from lab conditions.

    As a philosopher, I like to capture the diet vs exercise problem in terms of necessary and sufficient conditions:

    While diet is both a necessary AND a sufficient condition for weight loss (i.e. you MUST consume below a certain amount of energy to have any chance of losing weight {necessary} and diet alone can effect weight loss if the caloric intake is below expenditure {sufficient}), exercise is neither a necessary OR a sufficient condition; you can lose weight while in a coma if the incoming calories are appropriately low (i.e. it’s not a necessary condition), while no amount of exercise is sufficient to mitigate against a sufficiently calorie-dense diet (it’s not a sufficient condition).


  6. Carol says:

    Wow – great debate and I really appreciate you advertising it and posting the video here. I learned much. As a non-health professional, my take-home message is forks & feets are both important.

  7. angela baldo says:

    Thanks for posting this!

    As someone who has lost over half her weight via nutrition and exercise (twice in my life, no less), I’m extremely invested in weight management. I avidly follow the publications of the NWCR and similar groups.

    I’ve posted parts 1 and 2 of your videos on a few message boards over at

    Is there any chance we will be able to get a transcript, at least of the questions & answers at the end? They are a bit difficult to follow.

    • Travis says:

      Thanks Angela! The higher resolution videos were posted this morning by Adrian Ebsary, you may want to embed those videos instead:

      Unfortunately none of the recording devices were able to pick up the Q&A section since the mics were all on or near the podium. It looks like that section is largely lost to history I’m afraid, I’ll try to figure out a way around that for the next debate!

      • angela baldo says:

        Awesome. Will post the high-res link. Thanks.

        Just wondering, is anyone up there interested in designing a maintenance-specific intervention?

        It drives me crazy that we have plenty of evidence-based clues for what works, but that no one has implemented a program specifically addressing that.

        People are simply in crisis. The stats are appalling. No matter which papers you read, no matter how you define weight maintenance, only between 20%-5% manage to keep the weight off.

        • Travis says:

          You make an excellent point. I can’t remember if this was in the rebuttal or Q&A section, but I think this is what Dr Ross was getting at when he talked about the difficulties of securing funding for lifestyle interventions, and the focus being so much on weight loss to the detriment of other important outcomes (e.g. weight maintenance, other markers of cardiometabolic risk, etc). Add to that the many complexities of performing a long-term study (e.g. >2 years) and we wind up with the situation you’ve described.

          • angela baldo says:

            Yeah, unfortunately convenience seems to trump effectiveness when it comes to selecting ways to measure overall health.

            It’s just so much easier to throw people onto a scale and measure their height than estimate their VO2 max – and don’t even get me started on technologies for estimating body composition… LOL

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