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Dieting and the appetite battle

I have previously written that if slimming were a drug, it wouldn’t be allowed for sale given that after 5 years of treatment, less than 5% would be successful in their weight loss. This is worse than the cure rate for the worst cancer.[1]To many in public health nutrition, this relapse tendency is utterly ignored as some arcane piece of physiology, which quite simply is inconvenient to their strategy and, anyway, not as important as is made out to be. Indeed “Look at all the people who have lost weight” they cry, while all the time ignoring the far greater numbers who weren’t so lucky. A new paper from the NIH National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases, led by Prof Kevin Hall who is doing stalwart work in this field, throws strong light on this issue of relapse and is well worth reflecting on.
When we organise experimental weight loss programmes, we use dietary advice on weight loss and comparable expert advice on physical activity. There can be no placebo. We c…

Fat calories count most in obesity ~ new study

Conventional wisdom, at least from the media and the high priests of public health nutrition, tells us that sugar causes obesity and all its ailments to the point where it is likened to tobacco in its sinister provenance and its foul health implications. Sugar is to be taxed and restricted in every way and politicians of all persuasions win popular support for their call for yet more extreme measures to decry the putative effects of sugar. And all the time, this conventional wisdom is promoted by the media and by celebrity chefs and diet gurus.. So it should come as no surprise that when a study from a high quality group using high quality data, publish a high quality paper in a high quality journal, which flies in the face of conventional wisdom, that this fine data, is simply ignored.
The paper[1]is based on data from the UK Biobank database that tracks individuals over time (2011 and 2012). It uses direct measures of body weight and height and classified the 132,479 subjects into un…