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Fighting obesity: Do diets really work?

January 14, 2013
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Image Source: telegraph.co.uk

 

Obesity is a growing problem, especially in the US, where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one third of adults are obese. Most people are averse to exercising, and thus look for alternatives, one of which is dieting.

Dieting actually began in the 19th century, but it is only during the 20th century that it became part of popular culture. Since then, many diet programs and fads have been popping up, like the Atkins and South Beach diets, all claiming to be effective in helping people lose weight. But do diets really work?

 

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Image Source: dhfitness.com

 

This UCLA article states that dieting does not work. Traci Mann, UCLA associate professor of psychology and lead author of the study, found out that individuals can initially lose 5 to 10 percent of their weight on any number of diets, but the weight comes back and that sustained weight loss was found only in a small minority of participants, while complete weight regain was found in the majority, leading to the conclusion that diets do not result to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.

Mann adds that “diets are not effective in treating obesity” and that its benefits are “too small and the potential harm is too large.”

Eating in moderation and exercising regularly can be more effective in losing weight and treating obesity. In fact, most studies find that people who exercised the most also lost the most weight.

 

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