- A bill currently pending in Puerto Rico would require tracking and reporting of children’s body mass index, along with the requirement for placing obese children on diets, or possibly fining and/or referring their parents to case workers if the children do not lose weight. This bill eloquently combines two approaches (weight-loss programs and incentives) that have been consistently and conclusively proven to be both ineffective and iatrogenic for over 3 decades.
- And not to be outdone by a not-yet state, The Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce in Florida has challenged chambers in Eustis and South Lake to an 8 week weight-loss competition to “raise awareness” of workplace health. Well, it will certainly “raise awareness” but likely not in the way the sponsors hope. Because unless this is, in fact, a first in recorded history, here are the outcomes they can expect:
1. People will lose weight in the short term (8 weeks).
2. Most will gain it all back within a year or so (or sooner).
3. Some will gain back additional weight in the same period.
4. People who have been weight-cycling repeatedly will see whatever health problems they have (psychological and physiological) get worse.
5. Some people will develop or reinforce unhealthy and potentially dangerous eating and exercise behaviors as a result of trying to “win” the competition.
Two questions for the folks overseeing these interventions:
1. Where are the experienced health professionals to warn about these dangers (or are they running the programs?) and,
2. Why haven’t they and the folks they are advising heard that Galileo really did prove the earth is not the center of the solar system?
Is there an evidence-based alternative to this insanity? Yes indeed! Learn more about Health For Every BodyR here.