Lifestyle Changes Such as Diet and Exercise May Not Be Enough to Fight Obesity

February 14, 2015 6:38 PM

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Interesting, a recent study by lead author Dr. Christopher Ochner, assistant professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, might beg to differ. In his study published in the journal Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ochner and his co-authors argue that obesity is a chronic disease that cannot be cured by diet and exercise in part because modern environments are full of opportunities to over consume foods even though “We’re still designed to consume as many calories as possible.” Those individuals who do experience success through diet and exercise have been described by Ochner as suffering from “obesity in remission.”

Ochner continues that restricting calories can trigger a cascade of biological events to prevent starvation, adaptations that are often potent enough to undermine the long-term effectiveness of lifestyle modification in most individuals with obesity. Thus, low-calorie diets as advocated by the Johns...

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