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The New England Journal of Medicine recently published an article reviewing myths, presumptions, and facts about obesity. Inspired by the need to help people comb through unsupported ideas about how to lose weight, the article discusses what the authors consider to be unproven beliefs about what makes us fat.

The review makes you think but misses the mark on the real issues underlying obesity. It’s a complicated issue, made more complex by a poorly informed medical community, the media’s tendency to blow things wildly out of proportion, and business-driven interests in the fat loss and food industries.  Read More…

3 thoughts on “Critical Points About Weight Loss Myths & Facts

  1. Shanna Carson says:

    There is technique you can use, if you have the courage that will help you achieving weight loss goals. It is based on the idea, of social pressure.

    Think about this; lets say you want to lose a certain amount of weight. You can set the goal privately and tell yourself, I will achieve this goal by August 1. On the other hand, you can make the goal public by telling all of your friends and family what you intend to do and even give a date for your desired completion.

    As soon as you make that goal public, you change your state of mind. No longer are you at the mercy of your own self-discipline. Now you have a much more powerful force dictating your day to day actions and decisions.

    Studies have shown publicizing goals with another person make them more likely to be achieved. For example, Researchers at the University of South Carolina found the support and accountability provided by posting to a social networking site made a difference in how much weight people lost.

  2. fitinthemiddle says:

    at the end of it all, for me it’s still best to eat healthy and organic. There may be a lot of myths, some we can try and some may have bad effects. To be sure we need to do a lot of research to know if what we read are facts rather than myths. To be sure we should always start by eating healthy. prevention is always better than cure.

  3. Rosemary C says:

    I agree it’s so hard to assess all of the weight loss programs that are available when it’s just not ethically possible to test certain things on human beings. Plus you cannot exactly lock people up and make sure they only eat what they are supposed to eat for a certain study. Many studies seem to assume it all comes down to calories and they ignore the question of what the body does with different types of foods. Thanks for a thoughtprovoking article.

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