Well, apparently, Dr. Sharma thinks it’s not only okay, but just bang-up fun to abuse us – state something inflammatory, let us waste our time and emotional resources responding, then just withdraw it the next day. It was tongue in cheek, after all. Can’t ya’ take a joke? He’s in favor of diversity of opinion, doncha know? Yeah? That’s what he’s saying today, after saying yesterday:
I have long given up even arguing about this issue with ‘(obesity) deniers’ because I never sense that I am dealing with people, who are even open to discussion. No amount of data or arguing will change strongly held beliefs and convictions, so it is pretty much a waste of time trying to expect rational discourse.
Fortunately, I can generally chose to ignore this issue, because I find it a far better use of my time to help those, who actually want and value my advice. Those, who believe my advice is wrong or misguided, are more than welcome to ignore it.
Maybe I would be wise to take his advice and just ignore his blog.
Meanwhile, Good Morning America’s Lara Spencer reviews this year’s Consumer Reports’ ratings for popular diet plans. Click through only if you are holding onto sanity points. If you do click through, allow yourself the luxury of waiting till the end, when George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott come on set to try the diet foods. Their reactions are pretty spot on. Yuck.
For what it’s worth (and saving you the necessity of clicking through), Jenny Craig won this year, Slim Fast came in second, and Weight Watchers third. Jenny Craig had “the best results” because people were more likely to stay on it “for the long haul.” Oh, yeah? How long did they really go? I’m betting less than a year, but I’m not going to affirm this annual ritual (and encourage perpetuating it) by buying an actual Consumer Reports magazine to find out. Curiously, the ABC news report points out celebrity endorsers, including Kirstie Alley, with no sense of irony or mention of her weight regain. Didn’t she pretty much prove that even people with resources have trouble staying on Jenny Craig for “the long haul,” if that’s defined fairly.
For what it is worth, Consumer Reports does this diet rating thing year after year, and the national news media always pick up the story. Here’s what the Today Show said about it in 2007, when the winners were: Eat, Drink and Weigh Less in first; YOU: On a Diet, second; and the Abs Diet in third.
This is a lot like the Academy Awards. We see many of the same players year after year, simply switching positions. Best Actress one year is nominated for best supporting actress another. In 2005, the winner was this year’s third-place contender, Weight Watchers, followed by Slim Fast (also in second this year). Interesting that Nancy Metcalf’s quote about Weight Watchers in 2005, was nearly identical to her quote to ABC News this morning about Jenny Craig. It’s all about the “long-term adherence.” Sure.
When are we going to learn? When am I going to learn. Shame on you, Arya Sharma. Fool me once . . . then consider apologizing.