Dr Joanne McCormack
I am a registered UK family doctor (qualified 1986) who worked as a safeguarding children’s doctor for several years as well as a family GP. My website www.fatismyfriend.co.uk helps people and their families change their lifestyles, particularly if they have diabetes, or are at risk of developing it.
I use low carbohydrate, ketogenic, intermittent fasting and time-restricted ways of eating and living. I do not use low-calorie diets, and I advise against low-fat eating because of the risk of missing out on valuable fat-soluble vitamins, and essential fats. I run a low carb WhatsApp group and low carb zoom group. I have followed a low carbohydrate diet myself since 2014.
In my role as a safeguarding GP, I saw the irony of thwarting all sorts of child abuse, but accepting and turning a blind eye to the harm caused by unnecessary sugary drinks and foods. For that reason, I encourage whole families and communities to change their lifestyles and not just the individual with obesity or diabetes. Not everyone gets overweight, but a diet that is not nutritious enough, and one that contains toxins harms us all eventually, one way or another.
Conflict of interest statement
I am a founder member and trustee of the British charity the Public Health Collaboration.