Diet and exercise are often not enough to lose and keep off weight

February 14, 2015 12:29 AM

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"Although lifestyle modifications may result in lasting weight loss in individuals who are overweight, in those with chronic obesity, body weight seems to become biologically 'stamped in' and defended," lead author Dr. Christopher Ochner, a pediatrics and psychiatry professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, explained in a press release.

The paper argues that obesity should be treated and talked about more like a disease of addiction, like drugs and alcohol. Ochner argues that low-calorie diets often only serves to accentuate the biological response that drives humans to over-consume high-calorie foods.

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