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Medical research and trial studies have shown that a lot of what we think about weight gain and weight loss has no ...
Medical research and trial studies have shown that a lot of what we think about weight gain and weight loss has no basis in fact. Scientists are now trying to debunk many of these myths about what influences our body-mass index (BMI). For example, a special article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) aims to expose popular, yet unfounded myths and presumptions about gaining weight by gathering and analysing results from multiple studies on obesity.
According to Robert J. Hedaya, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Centre, medical issues such as hormone levels, digestive problems, nutrient deficiencies or medication side effects can be responsible for an individual’s weight gain rather than poor diet or lack of exercise. Musculoskeletal conditions like plantar fasciitis or simple ageing may also be culprits.
Breakfast might be the most important meal of the day, but it won’t stop you from putting on the pounds. Two studies mentioned in the NEJM article showed no connection between eating breakfast — or not eating breakfast — and gaining weight.
Although researchers believe that physical activity can reduce or prevent obesity, three studies showed that conventional physical education in schools had no impact on BMI or the pervasiveness of obesity among children of different sexes and age groups.
Fruits and vegetables have proven health benefits, but simply eating more of them does not prevent weight gain if no other behavioural changes take place.
Neither randomised controlled trials nor observational studies have found any consistent correlation between snacking and weight gain or obesity.