The Emperor's New Calories: Why Everything You Know About Dieting Is Wrong

December 15, 2014 4:41 AM

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As a dietitian in New York City I see a large variety of clients. From African Americans with Type 2 diabetes to Hasidic Jews with obesity and everything in between. They all may not have much in common socially, economically or culturally, but as for dieting they all seem to have the same story. I have come to believe that we as a nation think that wellness and balance is out of reach, that we must count calories day in and day out in order to achieve any sense of health. I am here to call this falsehood out and to dethrone this excessive wellness concept that has ruled for much too long.

America is obsessed with weight and wellness, yet the more fanatical we became the bigger we get. In 1960 approximately 13 percent of Americans were classified as obese; however, through the aerobics-crazed '80s and the present day smoothie infatuation the percentage has gone up to 34.

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