Just read this report from NPR Health and my head almost exploded.
“Physicians need to tell more overweight and obese patients that they are overweight,” the authors of the second study say. “This may help encourage them to change their behavior to lose weight and lower their risk for many diseases.” http://n.pr/eJ0mGR
My question is, what is “change their behavior”? This seems to be referring to the (#untrue) assumption that it’s simply a person’s willpower that is lacking if they are overweight. It pays no attention to the hormonal and chemical imbalances that CAUSE people to want to eat more (because extra energy is being stored as fat and NOT being used by the body). Yes, the law of thermodynamics applies (#conservationofenergy), but it is a SYMPTOM of obesity, not a CAUSE.
It’s time to stop thinking of weight gain/loss as a simple Calories In/ Calories Out equation. These two sources are not independent of each other, they are CONNECTED. When we exercise more, our bodies want more food. When we reduce food, are bodies don’t want to move as much so that they conserve energy (clever devils). So how exactly is someone supposed to, by shear will-power, do both of these at the same time?!
66% of Americans are overweight or obese. Doesn’t it seem just a little bit beyond credulity that 2/3 of us just don’t have the strength of character to be healthy? #questioncommonknowledge