#12: Dr. Yoni Freedhoff – Obesity & Childhood Obesity

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff

This is episode 12 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we interview Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. Dr. Freedhoff is a family doctor and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa. He is also the founder of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute – a multidisciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management center.

We’re both big fans of Dr. Freedhoff’s perspectives on obesity, fitness, nutrition, and food industry marketing.

In this episode, we have a few minor issues with background noise that couldn’t be edited out.

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Episode 12 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • Who is Dr. Yoni Freedhoff?
  • What role does the environment play in overweight and obesity? How impactful is the environment, specifically on children?
  • Is the obesity issue in Canada as bad as in the US?
  • Is there a lack of professional or corporate responsibility in marketing?
  • What is the solution? More political activism? Is there hope for humanity in the food realm?
  • Does showing calorie counts make a difference?
  • What is your opinion on the Biggest Loser (and the mentality surrounding it)?
  • What do we know works long-term for weight loss?
  • Do you see any diet types or trends with particularly harmful consequences?
  • What are your general thoughts on rules, calories, and magic foods?
  • Is orthorexia a serious issue?
  • Dr. Yoni’s basic guidelines for healthy living.
  • Talk about some of the programs you use with families.
  • What’s your position on children’s multivitamins?
  • You were recently ranked as one of the top 10 people influencing conversations about Madison Avenue. What does that mean?
  • If you could reform or upgrade the fitness industry, what two improvements would you make?
  • Ultimate conclusion on Biggest Loser: harmful or helpful?
  • What is your current project? The Diet Fix: Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Diet Is Wrong & How To Fix It, March 4th

Show Notes

Dr. Freedhoff’s site Weighty Matters

Counting Calories Is Flawed. But Here’s Why I Still Do It by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff on Greatist.com.

The Perils of Ignoring History: Big Tobacco Played Dirty and Millions Died. How Similar Is Big Food? by Kelly Brownell and Kenneth Warner

Let us know what you think in the comments


  1. Love this guy! What a great interview.

  2. Scott, Antonio, just wanted to reach out and say what a great podcast this was, and your show in general. You’ve been in my ears all week. I found you through the podcast you did with Alan a while back and honestly was a little weary of your name initially as I thought it’d be all cynical stuff, but it’s really good. This one in particular, superb. Found myself nodding all the way through.

    Anyway, I’m just creating a “Top 10 internet Resources” page on my website for a coming post. I’d like your show in there in the podcast section. Just need a logo or something (approx 200x150px) for that, or I can just take a screen grab of your site name.

    You’ve got my e-mail, let me know gents if this is something you’re interested in.


    • Hey Andy,
      Well, we’re definitely a little cynical, but the goal is to turn that into actionable advice for people to use. We’re still waiting for our official logo to be done, but I’ll send you what we’re using currently.



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