Guest posted by Kate Harding
Any person looking at the published literature about these programs would have to conclude that they are generally not working, said Tom Baranowski, a pediatrics professor at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine. He studies behavioral nutrition.
If you’re not too busy fanning yourself and going goggle-eyed in disbelief, read on.
What to make of all this? Mann’s analysis casts serious doubt on the value of dieting for weight control. In my pediatric practice, I’ve become increasingly reluctant to push dieting on children, even very heavy ones. Though it’s contrary to my own years-long cultivation of sloth, I am coming to believe ever more strongly in the value of pleasurable exercise for weight control and for independent health benefits, as demonstrated in innumerable medical studies.
She added: “I went to the gym and trained constantly. I wasn’t eating properly. I wanted to get as perfect as I could, knowing perfection is impossible, and that got me very sick.”
Nestle was required to divest nutrition units in France and Spain to comply with antitrust demands by the European Commission, which was worried about the company’s new dominance of the market for liquid food for intravenous feeding. The deal, which gives the Swiss company control of brands such as the Boost and Resource nutritional supplements and Optifast dieting products, has 2,000 Novartis employees joining Nestle.
“If confirmed, a decreasing association between BMI and blood pressure over time could imply that the impact of the overweight epidemic on cardiovascular disease might be less important than predicted,” the investigators conclude.
“This decreased relationship could also help to explain the current favorable trends in cardiovascular disease (declining incidence) observed in many countries despite the increasing prevalence of obesity,” they point out.
In the same journal (July issue of International Journal of Obesity), a separate pediatric review article reinforces the lack of a cause and effect relationship, stating, current evidence seems insufficient to demonstrate undoubtedly that programming of obesity occurs during infancy in humans or to support recommendations for obesity prevention starting in infancy. However, as breastfeeding has demonstrated benefits other than obesity prevention, breastfeeding promotion has been recommended as part of the strategy to prevent obesity, despite the lack of experimental evidence.
I’d share more, but I have to get my fat ass to yoga, and I assume you’re all in a dead faint from this much shocking, unthinkable news anyway.