Today I am pleased to post the video from last week’s debate titled “Does Canada’s Food Guide Promote Weight Gain?”. The debate featured two heavy hitters: Dr Hasan Hutchinson (Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion within the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada – the office responsible for the Guide) and Dr Yoni Freedhoff (Medical Director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, and an outspoken critic of the Food Guide).
The debate video was recorded and expertly edited by Mr David Baker, and is available below (email subscribers can view the videos on the blog). You can find out more about David’s production company here. I watched all the videos except the Q&A this afternoon, and both presenters were fantastic. For those interested in seeing how people reacted to the debate in real-time, I have also embeded a Storify of the event, created by Dr Zach Ferraro.
Before watching the videos I was inclined to side with Yoni, and that hasn’t necessarily changed now that I’ve seen the debate. That being said, I think it’s great that Dr Hutchinson was able and willing to promote the Guide in person. One of my personal take-home messages from the debate was that the Guide itself is pretty good; it’s the messaging that sometimes confuses people (e.g with respect to serving sizes, juice intake, chocolate milk, etc). I think that more knowledge translation events like this debate would go a long way to clarifying some of those issues.
Finally, I would like to sincerely thank Hasan (and Health Canada) and Yoni for taking time from their busy schedules to participate in the debate. Thanks also to the many volunteers at the University of Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network (especially Chair Mike Borghese), the University of Ottawa Human Kinetics Grad Students Association, and videographer David Baker. Finally, thanks to everyone who attended the event in person, making the debate standing room only.
Enjoy the videos!