Concern has arisen that this weight focus is not only ineffective at producing thinner, healthier bodies, but may also have unintended consequences, contributing to food and body preoccupation, repeated cycles of weight loss and regain, distraction from other personal health goals and wider health determinants, reduced self-esteem, eating disorders, other health decrement, and weight stigmatization and discrimination.

Do you know people who’ve smoked their whole lives and thrived well into old age without any sign of lung cancer?  Or someone who never seemed to go near fruits and veggies but lived a long, full life? When you think of them, you might decide that cancer will come when it comes and there’s nothing you can do about it. That’s where you’d be wrong.

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