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Ian McColl, MD Biography

Member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom Parliament
Con to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"

“[T]here is one cause of obesity and one only – eating too many calories. Certainly different bodies deal with food in different ways – some people seem able to eat a lot and stay thin whereas others appear to eat little and be overweight. But the fact remains that it is impossible to be obese unless one is taking in too many calories.

Genetic, psychological and metabolic factors have all been blamed for obesity. But while these may help to explain why people eat too much, none of them are the cause. There are no medical conditions that cause obesity. Thyroid deficiency does leads to weight increase but, again, only if too many calories are eaten…

We need an obesity strategy. It should say simply this: OBESITY IS KILLING MILLIONS, COSTING BILLIONS and the CURE is FREE. EAT LESS.”

“There Is One Cure for Obesity and One Only: Eat Less. It’s That or the Fatness Epidemic Will Kill More than Spanish Flu,”, Oct. 11, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, House of Lords, Conservative Party, United Kingdom (UK) Parliament, July 25, 1989-present
  • Founder, International Collaboration for Essential Surgery
  • Emeritus Director, Mercy Ships
  • Shadow Minister for Health, UK, 1997-2000
  • Parliamentary Private Secretary to UK Prime Minister John Major, 1994-1997
  • Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School, 1971-1999
  • Surgeon, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, 1967-1971
  • Research Fellow, Harvard University, 1967
  • MD, London University
  • Queen Elizabeth II made him Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1997 and a Life Peer in 1989 for his work for disabled people
  • Full title is Lord McColl of Dulwich, CBE
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