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Lifelong Health: Much of what we believe about obesity may be incorrect


In the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from nutritional centers in the United States and abroad have published a paper titled “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity.” They suggest that many of the beliefs regarding obesity are not supported by scientific evidence (presumptions), or information suggests the beliefs are incorrect (myths). This paper raises serious questions about our approach or understanding of obesity.

Here are the myths.

1. Reducing calorie intake or increasing exercise over prolonged periods of time leads to significant weight loss. Experts suggest...

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