Obesity myths and one inconvenient truth
Paul Higgins: A must read on this issue. A question that always need to be asked is “who is benefiting from this story/crusade/etc.? Measuring whether people are eating well and exercising reasonably is difficult. Therefore we fall back on easy to measure but scientifically dubious measures such as BMI (Body Mass Index) and no-one really looks at the facts and figures which seem to be saying if you eat well and exercise moderately then your health will be reasonable unless you are significantly overweight.
"An increasing number of health professionals, academics and community groups are challenging the inconvenient truths that we have created about the obesity ‘epidemic’.
Some argue that a culture of ‘moral panic’ about fatness has been created. NGO’s, academics, health care providers and the weight loss industry have exaggerated claims to justify the need for more funding, or to spruik products and services. Many now admit that this may have hindered rather than helped our efforts to effectively respond to obesity in the sectors of the community that it affects the most.”
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