Jon Barron

Just last month a weight-loss study was published in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. Although the media was certainly all over it:

  • "Weight Loss was Easier in the '80s." Food World News.1
  • "Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s." The Atlantic.2
  • "It's harder to be thin than it was in the '80s." AOL.3
  • "Not mom's weight loss: For millennials, more than diet and exercise at play." CNN.4

I'm not sure it actually means quite what they think it does--or for that matter, that it even means what the researchers think it means. Everyone seems to want to treat the study as a "get out of jail free" card--saying that weight gain is really out of your hands. As much as I sympathize with that concept, I don't think it's true. And I don't think it does anyone any favors to promote the study as such. In any case, since weight-loss is such a big deal for so many people, what with 2/3 of the population either overweight or obese, it's probably worth taking a look at to see what all the fuss is about.

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