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Old Mon, Feb-22-21, 09:31
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Good article, hardly revolutionary for those who've made lifestyle changes with nutrition as core.

"Obesity, then, stems from a complex interplay of biology and socio-economic factors. And once you’ve become overweight or obese, our highly evolved metabolisms make it incredibly difficult to shed the pounds we’ve gained. Pontzer points to research such as the landmark study conducted during the 2010s on obese people who went to weight loss bootcamps for reality TV show The Biggest Loser. After 30 weeks of calorie reduction and exercise, although the contestants all lost weight, tests showed their metabolic rates had slowed down dramatically – they were in starvation mode, where cells burn energy more slowly as the body works to conserve calories. When researchers checked in with 14 of the contestants six years after the programme, their basic metabolic rates were still lower than expected and all but one had regained a considerable amount of weight. It’s perverse – and depressing – but, writes Pontzer, “from an evolutionary perspective, it makes all the sense in the world”. "

Yes, it was starvation and torture to get these poor people to move and limit what they could eat.
"At a societal level, we will only tackle obesity by changing our food environment. Extra taxes on ultra-processed food might be one way. Making wholefoods cheaper and easier to come by, another."

So, the main question here is who is going to take the lead in informing the public which foods are healthy and how to eat? Not a simple question. Taxes? Who will determine which foods get taxed based on what knowledge. This is kind of a "knee-jerk" political response intending to take action with little knowledge that can back correct decisions. Food pyramid, anyone?
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