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Weight Loss Myths And Presumptions Contribute To Failed Anti-Obesity Policies

June 23, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
One reason it’s hard for many people to lose weight – and why public policies tackling obesity are not working – is the prevalence of weight loss myths and unproven presumptions about the weight loss process. Among the nine myths described by U.S. scientists: losing weight quickly, as opposed to more slowly,  predisposes people to greater weight regain; realistic weight loss goals are important to prevent people from getting frustrated and losing less weight. Among the 10 unproven presumptions: eating breakfast every day protects a person from getting fat; eating at bedtime contributes to weight gain. The authors said belief in these myths and presumptions leads to poor policy decisions, inaccurate public health recommendations and wasted resources.
Krista Casazza et al., "Weighing the Evidence of Common Beliefs in Obesity Research. ", Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, June 23, 2014, © Informa UK
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