Much Fiction Found in Obesity Reporting – medpage today

Much Fiction Found in Obesity Reporting


Interesting article published on medpage today – a medical news publication website.  


“To counteract the misconceptions and myths, the study authors listed nine facts about obesity that could aid in reducing public and practice false beliefs and promote factually supported, healthier lives. These included:

  • Genes as a large contributor to obesity, but not one that cannot be overcome with sufficient environmental influence
  • The importance of dietary intake — and accompanying lower caloric intake — in weight management
  • Exercise as a positive factor on health
  • Exercise in sufficient doses — and accompanying caloric expenditure — becoming routine as a way to maintain weight loss
  • Involving parents or a home setting in weight-loss programs to help overweight children
  • Structuring meals or use of meal replacement as an aid in weight loss
  • Use of pharmaceutical agents as an effective treatment in weight reduction
  • Adoption of bariatric surgery for long-term weight loss and to decrease rates of incident diabetes and mortality” – Primary source: New England Journal of Medicine
  • Source reference:
  • Allison DB, et al “Myths, presumptions, and facts about obesity” N Engl J Med 2013; 368: 446-454; DOI: 10.1056/
  • NEJMsa1208051.

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