October 16, 2019 - Boulder, CO, US
A commentary by our team, recently published in The Lancet, has gotten a lot of attention, including an interview by the BBC Radio. The EpiX team performed an independent review of the modeling of mortalities avoided by the new diet proposed in the EAT-Lancet Commission report which revealed several methodological issues and mistakes.
According to Francisco Zagmutt: "The BBC interviewer focused on the impact of the issues we found in the study, and how they affected the findings of the authors of the EAT-Lancet Commission report. We explained that by properly modeling the statistical uncertainty in key model parameters, together with correctly adjusting by the effect of over and underweight, we could not find a statistically significant difference in projected avoided mortalities between the report's proposed diet versus the status quo diet for the USA. We encourage the authors to share the full code and databases for their analysis so that we can understand the reason for these differences. We are currently working on a peer-reviewed publication describing our findings."