cure for obesity, researcher says
Arya Sharma is Professor of Medicine & Chair for Cardiovascular
Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Canada. He is one of Canada's top obesity researchers
and at a recent presentation in Edmonton claimed there is
no cure obesity saying that once you're obese you're obese
I can understand how utterly fruitless it may seem at times
to try and reverse obesity in our population, I disagree that
there is "no cure" for obesity.
true that most who attempt to lose fat fail. However each
time I have spoken in detail about fat loss strategies with
a person who has failed to lose weight (probably over 1000
people), it is always revealed that they did not:
a long term commitment
Make an honest attempt to face their current perception
of food, reward, health, and exercise
Implement evidence based diet and exercise strategies
unrealistic short term goals
Viewed the weight loss attempt as negative and interfering
with their current lifestyle
Implemented fad based diet and exercise strategies
are plenty of examples of long terms successful fat loss.
Weight Control Registry follows over 5000 people who have
lost an average of 66 lbs and kept it off for 5.5 years. Obviously
this is representing success.
are some of the habits members of the Registry reported:
78% eat breakfast every day.
75% weigh them self at least once a week.
62% watch less than 10 hours of TV per week.
90% exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day
to a January 16, 2008 article in the Edmonton Sun, Dr. Arya
Sharma mentions that obese people have three choices: "have
bariatric surgery, become a lifelong calorie counter and fitness
freak, or do nothing, - in which case complications from obesity
could eventually kill them."
take great exception to using the negatively charged reference,
" calorie counter and fitness freak". In fact it's
pedestrian throwback comments like this are part of the problem,
not the solution.
a regular exerciser to be a "freak" goes against
every major health authority in the world and decades of clinical
research showing the benefits of regular daily exercise.
course a person would have to be mindful of their caloric
intake and exercise regularly for life - it's a biological
necessity for health. In fact being cognizant of healthy eating
and participating in regular physical activity are the two
dominant features in successful body fat management and living
healthy, yet this Dr., who is clearly an expert, laments this
think the good Dr. has become complacent and hardened by the
challenge. His position is a sorry state and is not what I'm
sure he sees as a reality check. The reality check is that
obesity is reversible, but that success will require sweeping
changes both in the individuals attempting to lose fat, and
in society as whole. We need to stop associating overeating
with reward, stop serving 1000+ calorie meals in restaurants
as well as home cooking.
a huge undertaking that will take a few generations to reverse.
We hear about the failures more than the successes because
the failure rate is astronomical. Right now the success rate
is about 5 to 10%. For every 100 people that make an initial
attempt to lose fat, only 5 or 10, probably even fewer, will
be successful long term. They are successful though, and I
think we might do better by relentlessly striving to succeed
by implementing successful strategies. Studies show the reason
for poor results is failure to permanently adopt a healthy
the cure to obesity- living a healthy lifestyle.
2007 Cris LaBossiere Rhino Fitness