We have widespread ill health. And in the US
42% of us have become obese. PE didn’t help most people.
Entertainment, porn, and sports show us buff physiques to consume. We prominently reward athletes. And advertising
sells us convenient food.
We train people to external direction. Our received ideals of fitness come from military preparedness. And we measure and praise performance. Why?
Ill health increases. And the fitness industry grows. This is not working. This fitness does not help most people.
We are going to spend too much time sitting. We are going to look at screens a lot. How do we teach ways of moving as lifelong harm reduction?
We must teach hope because without it everything else we can teach won’t get used.
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This report describes BMI increases among children aged 2–19 years during the COVID-19 pandemic.
the rate of body mass index (BMI) increase approximately doubled
Longitudinal Trends in Body Mass Index Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Persons Aged 2–19 Years — United States, 2018–2020 | MMWR
Original Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Weight Loss with a Low-Carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or Low-Fat Diet
Weight Loss with a Low-Carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or Low-Fat Diet | NEJM
This study does suggest that trying to persuade obese children to lose weight by exercising more is likely to be ineffective….
Assessing Causality in the Association between Child Adiposity and Physical Activity Levels: A Mendelian Randomization Analysis
Calorie restriction for obesity treatment results in weight loss—initially—giving patients the impression they have conscious control over their body weight. But predictable biological responses oppose weight loss, including decreased metabolic rate and elevated hunger. Therefore, ongoing weight loss requires progressively more severe calorie restriction, even as hunger increases. Few people achieve clinically significant weight loss over the long term with this approach. Those who cannot might feel implicitly stigmatized as lacking in self-control.
The carbohydrate-insulin model: a physiological perspective on the obesity pandemic | The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | Oxford Academic
So little progress has been made against obesity and type 2 diabetes because the field has been laboring under the wrong paradigm.
How a ‘tragically flawed’ paradigm has derailed the science of obesity