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Why Is Diet And Exercise Not Enough To Beat Obesity? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why is diet and exercise not enough to beat obesity?” you ask?  Good question. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do women with multiple muffin tops call themselves ‘curvy’? Do they think you’ll never see them naked?” Gee, “thanks” for throwing in the “naked” part. That mental image is enough to kill any appetite. There’s nothing sexy about “bench pressing” rolls of flabby flesh when you’re just trying to be intimate. Gross.)


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Obesity is presently defines as being a medical condition wherein extra body fat has accumulated to the degree that it could very well have a negative impact on one’s health, lower life expectancy and make other health issues worse. Now a few physicians are reportedly challenging the well-known assertion that diet and exercise can cure obesity.

Dieting and exercising alone can beat obesity? Four weight loss specialists say; “Fat chance”. According to them, the solution to this weighty issue is not that simple.  (You can hear all those married folks saying: “’Great’. That’s just what the lazy lard butt needs . . . another excuse!”)

Butt seriously, folks, according to the lovely Melissa Healy at the L.A. Times, these professional pundits of poundage say for the bulk of the country’s “79 million adults and 13 million children who are obese, the ‘eat less, move more’ treatment, as currently practiced, is a prescription for failure.”

According to an Op-Ed piece published last week in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, these physicians of fat say that people who’ve been obese for over two years can’t, “by diet and exercise alone, return to a normal, healthy weight” and remain that way.

Mount Sinai Hospital weight-management physician Christopher Ochner and colleagues from the medical faculties of the University of Colorado, Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania wrote:

“Once obesity is established . . . body weight seems to become biologically ‘stamped in’ and defended.” (So once you let yourself become a fat pig, you’re body says: “So what? Let ‘em love us for who we are. This is less work. We’re staying this way.” Is that right?)


Obesity/Image: Sodahead

Healy reports: “The body evolved to endure periods of food scarcity and has adapted many methods to ensure that lost weight will be restored.” She says the ‘thickness therapists” state that the body reacts to a loss of weight “by powering down its use of calories as fuel, pumping out hormones to increase hunger, boosting fat-storage capacity and tricking the brain” so that one overeats.

They claim: “Few individuals ever truly recover from obesity.” Folks who do “still have ‘obesity in remission,’ and are biologically very different from individuals of the same age, sex and body weight who never had obesity.”

Why is diet and exercise not enough to beat obesity? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.