IF DIETS DON’T WORK… WHAT NOW?
It’s easy to be tempted to go on a diet to try to lose weight.
In fact, in the culture that we live in, I don’t blame anyone for trying a weight-loss diet in the hope that it will help them in some way.
Powerful messages… from Dr Rick’s series of empowerment cards.
But I am passionate about the fact that weight-loss diets don’t work for almost everyone who tries them, and causes harm for many.
I am also passionate about the need to bring an end to the weight-loss industry (or as Deb Burgard from www.bodypositive.com aptly calls it, “the weight cycling industry”).
And the end will come, sooner or later.
Why is the end of the weight loss industry coming? Because people are starting to read between the lies. The facts, the results, and the effects of the weight-loss industry are becoming overwhelmingly clear.
Here are just a few facts to try on for size.
Weight-loss dieting doesn’t work.
A review of a prominent weight-loss company published in a peer-reviewed journal in 2007 showed that of 60,000 of their clients, after one year, only 6.6% were still participating in the program!
Furthermore, an extensive review of all existing studies following dieters for at least two years found that: “In sum, there is little support for the notion that diets lead to lasting weight loss or health benefits.” (Mann et al. 2007) .
One of my patients described dieting as like “chasing rainbows”, another patient “like building a house of cards, with one puff, it all falls over”.
Weight loss dieting leads to weight GAIN for many.
In a 10-year international study that looked at more than 1700 middle school and high school students published in 2012, Neumark-Sztainer found: “Girls who reported any dieting during the study had significantly greater weight gain after 10 years than girls who did not.”
In another study looking at twins, also published in 2012, it was found that “frequent intentional weight losses reflect susceptibility to weight gain, rendering dieters prone to future weight gain”.
As one of my patients said to me, she “kept finding her lost weight… and everyone else’s!”.
Weight loss dieting is the most common pathway to developing an eating disorder.
Patton described in his research: “Adolescent females who diet at a severe level are 18 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than those who do not diet”.
As one of my patients told me: “I have struggled with eating issues since I was nine years old when I first started a ‘Health Club’ at Primary School. This mainly involved throwing away our lunches and exercising instead of eating.”
So what CAN we do?
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