Just go done listening to another podcast from Danny Lennon of  Sigma Nutrition where he interviews Krista Casazza, Ph.D. that I think is well worth listening to. Krista Casazza is the lead author on a very interesting scientific paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine called Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity.

SNR #119 – Krista Casazza, PhD – Obesity Myths, Epigenetics of Obesity & Role of Muscle in Weight Loss | Sigma Nutrition

Podcast: Play in new window | Download | Embed Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS SNR #119 – Krista Casazza, PhD – Obesity Myths, Epigenetics of Obesity & Role of Muscle in Weight Loss Episode 119: Krista Casazza PhD, discusses myths surrounding obesity, the role of epigenetics and the importance of the musculoskeletal system in weight loss maintenance and metabolic health.

The nine obesity myths, which according to Krista Casazza’s research which are unsupported by facts, or may even be refuted, are:

  1. Losing weight quickly will predispose to greater weight regain relative to losing weight more slowly.
  2. Setting realistic weight loss goals in obesity treatment is important, because otherwise patients will become frustrated and lose less weight.
  3. Assessing “stage of change” or “readiness” to diet is important in helping patients who pursue weight loss treatment to lose weight.
  4. Physical education classes, as currently delivered, play an important role in reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity.
  5. Breastfeeding is protective against obesity in breastfed offspring.
  6. Daily self-weighing interferes with weight loss.
  7. Genes have not contributed to the obesity epidemic.
  8. The freshman year of college is associated with or causes 15 pounds of weight gain.
  9. Food deserts (i.e., areas with little or no access to stores offering fresh and affordable healthy foods, including produce) lead to higher obesity prevalence.