All Diets Fail. Why Bother?
All Diets Fail, So Why Even Bother?
It’s Not You, It’s Your Environment
“Researchers say obesity, which affects one-third of Americans, is caused by interactions between the environment and genetics and has little to do with sloth or gluttony.”
“Obesity results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including individual factors such as behavior and genetics. Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical activity, inactivity, medication use, and other exposures. Additional contributing factors in our society include the food and physical activity environment, education and skills, and food marketing and promotion."
It’s Not You, It’s Your Genes
“What’s increasingly clear from these early findings is that genetic factors identified so far make only a small contribution to obesity risk—and that our genes are not our destiny: Many people who carry these so-called “obesity genes” do not become overweight, and healthy lifestyles can counteract these genetic effects.”
Obesity Isn’t That Bad, After All…
“After 20 years, approximately one-half of healthy obese adults were unhealthy obese, and only 10% were healthy nonobese. Healthy obese adults were nearly 8 times more likely to progress to an unhealthy obese state after 20 years than healthy nonobese adults… The natural course of healthy obesity is progression to metabolic deterioration.”11
What About Bariatric Surgery?
Aren’t You Being a Little Harsh?
- No one should be shamed, mocked, or ridiculed for their weight or health. Shame is rarely a good motivator and often makes it harder to change.
- Everyone deserves informed autonomy; the choice to decide whether or not change is worth the cost.
- Everyone deserves respect and dignity, not bias and discrimination.
- No one has to meet an arbitrary beauty standard to be happy.
- Some people will be overweight or obese through circumstances entirely outside of their control or due to life challenges that would overwhelm most mere mortals.
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