Here’s a well written link regarding obesogens, which may be contributing to our weight gain as a society. The article offers practical suggestions at the end:
I have mixed feelings about referring people to Dr. Oz, because I have mixed feelings about the man’s approach to obesity. On his show, he often recommends foods and health strategies that are good for people of any size, but he hangs on to the notion that fat people should lose weight for the sake of losing weight. I don’t truck with this. All people should live more healthfully. Weight movement downward may be a pleasant side effect in some cases.
His YOU: On a Diet is absolutely the worst of the worst diet books. On p. 27 he even cites a “95% failure rate after two years of people who have lost 50 pounds or more” (no footnote — Dr. Oz is his own footnote, a common conceit among MDs), but then he goes on and proposes that people diet anyway, his way this time. Presumably, this time everyone will succeed because they understand a little more about the digestive system, they’ll exercise with help from a pencil-drawn elf, AND they’ll invoke his clever little mantra and make a “YOU-turn” every time they get off course. Moreover, the chapter on weight-loss surgery is unethical and simply an advertisement for having a procedure. One of the scariest potential side effects, death, gets NO mention.
All of this said, I still have some respect for the good doctor, and I watch his show when I happen upon it. I have similar complex feelings regarding Oprah. Maybe they need a warning: “View with Grain of Salt (or salt substitute if you have blood pressure issues).”
Enjoy the link. Thanks to Pani at BFB for finding it.