Is body weight inherited, or is obesity more of an inadvertent, almost unconscious response in a society where food is cheap, abundant and tempting? An extra 100 calories a day will pile on 10 pounds in a year. In five years that is 50 pounds.
Richard Webb, Director of the New York Obesity Research Center Weight Loss Program writes, “No one disputes that genetics plays a role in obesity, but the worldwide rise that has occurred over the past 50 years isn’t due just to genes. Genes haven’t changed in the past 50 years; the environment has. There are food and laborsaving devices everywhere. The good news is that there are people who lose weight and keep it off. The mean weight loss among more than 5,000 men and women in the national Weight Control Registry is 60 pounds, and the group has maintained that loss for roughly five years. They work hard at it, and no one claims it’s easy, but they do it.” We should remember too, weight loss is not gone forever.
Weight loss clinics offer food professionals the opportunity to guide clients into more healthy eating patterns by conducting counseling and cooking classes.
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Food Job: Weight loss researcher.