A recent report published in the New England Journal of Medicine says that “dogma and fallacies are detracting from real solution to the nation’s weight problems.”
Among other beliefs that people have about obesity and weight loss, this study claims that skipping breakfast will not lead to weight gain, and that school gym classes don’t make a big difference in kids’ weight. The study claims these are myths.
But, there is a “catch.” Independent researchers say that the authors of this study have deep financial ties to food, beverage and weight-loss product markers, and that “taints” their results. In fact, disclaimers take up more than half a page (in fine print) at the end of the study, according to study critics. Some of the points made by this study may be valid, but the authors’ ties to corporations raise questions about the purpose of the study.
So, be careful what you read when it comes to health and nutrition. Whenever I read something that just doesn’t seem right, I often look for other, independent sources that come to the same conclusion. I also look at the source of the information to ensure it is respectable.
Obesity is a complex issue, with lots of contributing factors. No one “solution” will solve the entire challenge, but that doesn’t mean we should do nothing either. Meal replacement products, food advertising, serving sizes, and the prevalence of junk food are each factors that should be dealt with independently.
For individuals, we need to understand why we eat and how we can eat healthfully, even with all the outside influences today. Reading my regular Friday posts, Healthy Meals in a Snap, is a good place to start!
Remember, healthy choices each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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