Study after study has proved that permanent weight loss is impossible for most of us; approximately 95 percent of people who lose weight gain it back within a few years. Diets have long been promoted as a “cure” for obesity. If any other treatment for a medical problem had a success rate of only 5 percent, it would be pronounced a failure, not a cure.
If diets worked, there wouldn’t be a single fat person left on the face of the earth. We have tried every diet known to man. Now we know that we didn’t fail; the diets failed.
Myth No. 2: All fat people are compulsive eaters.
The truth is: not all fat people eat compulsively, nor are all compulsive eaters fat. A few years ago, the Smithsonian Institution exhibited a collection of diet products, books and videos next to a poster stating that fat people “do not, on the average, eat any more than anyone else.”
Most scientific researchers now agree that weight is determined mostly by genetics and heredity rather than environment or behavior. So much for the old saw that all fat people have poor eating habits and no willpower.