Thursday, October 16, 2003
Nothing Particularly New
posted by Julie |
The old news is still news
A bunch of nutritional and medical researchers got together in Ft. Lauderdale this week, and together they shared the results of lots of interesting studies in obesity research. The North American Association for the Study of Obesity and the American Diabetes Association sponsored the conference.
Lots of well informed folks showed up and shared what they know.
There have been interesting announcements. A sort-of pacemaker for the tummy that may reduce your urge to eat without the invasiveness of most forms of weight loss surgery. It looks promising for people with appetite control problems. Sadly, the fat bias that has developed over the years is actually even worse than we probably imagine. That is, even people who are friends of fat people are subject to character denigration. More bad news: the number of obese people has risen yes, but the number of morbidly obese people (with more than 100 lbs. to lose) had QUADRUPLED in the past few years. Now one in 50 people in the U.S. are morbidly obese. New medicines and hormone therapies are being tested. Causes and cures under investigation. Behavioral treatments under exploration. Exercise studies. Perception studies.
This conference is the place to keep up with the science. The breakthroughs. The hard facts. You know, lots of thought, lots of testing. Great minds devising sound tests, carefully controlled, professionally reported.
And the upshot is. Well, it seems. What they suggest we do is:
Eat less and move more.
That's it. That's the news.
Atkins isn't as bad as we thought it was. Low fat diets aren't as good as we thought they were. The food pyramid isn't great, but it doesn't completely stink either. What works for you now may not work for your whole life. (Is this really news or surprising to anyone?) The plan that helps you to lose the weight may not be the plan that's best for you to maintain the weight. (Again, is this not common sense?) And plans themselves are not necessary at all so long as you:
Eat less and move more.
So glad to be able to share that with you, lovies,
Some NAASO/ADA conference news
The Rate of Severe Obesity Rises Sharply, Washington Post
Scotsman on Weight Bias
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