At the end of each program, we get a chance to evaluate it. Here is what I wrote:
The book lost me at “it’s time to throw out the Twinkies!” I haven’t had a Twinkie in probably 10 years. It’s a fallacy to assume that everyone who isn’t thin has horrible food and exercise habits, just as it’s a fallacy to assume that every thin person has healthy habits.
The more I learn about weight and health, the more concerned I am about the strong emphasis the wellness program puts on weight and weight loss. Calorie restriction and intentional weight loss have risks -- 95%+ of people who lose weight gain it back within five years, and about a third of those end up weighing more than they did initially and with negative impacts on their lipids, blood sugar and other measures of cardiovascular health. In fact, Dr. Arya Sharma, a bariatric surgeon and blogger, says that the quickest way to gain 25 pounds is to lose 20. In contrast, a Health at Every Size approach (Linda Bacon) that puts the focus on healthy habits rather than weight is a saner approach. Those who follow it have improvements to their health and are more likely to maintain those habits and maintain their weight, rather than yo-yo-ing or gaining.
I can send you links to studies supporting this, as well as to the epidemiological study that showed that people in the “overweight” BMI range actually have fewer excess deaths than those in the “healthy” range. We need to stop scaring people who are “overweight” into dieting their way up the scale. We need to focus on health, not weight. The two are not the same.
I doubt it will go anywhere, but I felt better.