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Sound the trumpets! Another investigation has discovered (to their apparent surprise) that diets don’t work.
Losing weight is often touted as a way to improve health, but many weight-loss programs may not help stave off disease since people tend to gain the weight back, Australian researchers say.
They could have saved themselves a lot of time and money if they’d just asked a few Beyond Chocolaters!
Like many others that I’ve seen on the internet, this study continues to assume that losing weight would benefit health and that gaining the weight back again would ‘negate’ any health benefits gained from losing the weight in the first place.
This study also rather despondently concludes that, “the fact that not everybody (who's) overweight wants to, or can, participate [in dieting progammes] reduces its overall effect on the overweight-related burden of disease in the population."
Ooo, just look at those words! ‘The overweight-related burden of disease in the population’!! So, not only do we have fat, but we are a ‘burden’ and are ‘diseased’. Eeek!
This study seems to me to be well behind others I’ve seen – they focused on putting volunteer groups through 2 parallel diets and monitoring their progress on and off the diet. Of course the participants on both diets lost weight, of course they all gained it back and some once they stopped dieting. The researchers seemed surprised by this – but it’s just common sense.
The researchers say that better food labelling would help (where’s the evidence for this, and who decides on the labels?) and a ‘junk food tax’; neither of which address the issues of why people gain weight. All the junk food in the world won’t make someone put on weight if they don’t over-eat on it. Researchers like this continue to treat obesity as a ‘disease’, as something that can be ‘cured’, rather than helping people to work with their bodies and their eating to sort it out for themselves.
Research like this doesn’t help one little bit. It’s about time that the news that dieting doesn’t work became accepted by everyone (not just enlightened Beyond Chocolaters!) and then, perhaps, research could be properly focused on helping people to manage their eating and lifestyles, rather than trying to force them into self-destructive diets.