There is a very interesting article about obesity in this week’s New England Journal of Medicine. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in the topic.
K. Casazza and Others | N Engl J Med 2013;368:446-454
To tempt you to look at the full article, here is the list of what the team considers myths.
Small sustained changes in energy intake or expenditure will produce large, long-term weight changes
Setting realistic goals in obesity treatment is important because otherwise patients will become frustrated and lose less weight
Large, rapid weight loss is associated with poorer long-term weight outcomes than is slow, gradual weight loss
Assessing the stage of change or diet readiness is important in helping patients who seek weight-loss treatment
Physical-education classes in their current format play an important role in preventing or reducing childhood obesity
Breast-feeding is protective against obesity
A bout of sexual activity burns 100 to 300 kcal for each person involved
Read the article to learn about “presumptions” and “facts”.