Monday, April 27, 2015

International Team Seeks to Dispel Obesity Myths

The authors also defined six “presumptions” — beliefs held to be true even though more studies are needed before conclusions can be drawn. For instance, some advocates have presented as fact the idea that regularly eating versus skipping breakfast contributes to weight loss, but the few studies that have been done have found no effect. The same goes for the idea that eating vegetables by itself brings about weight loss, or that snacking packs on the pounds. According to Allison and colleagues, these hypotheses have not been shown to be true, and some data suggest they may be false.