We’re losing the war on obesity. Does it matter?

Dr. Linda Bacon is nutrition researcher at the University of California, Davis, and nutrition professor at the City College of San Francisco. In a Medscape editorial she makes some surprising statements about the relationship between obesity and health.

Challenge your assumptions.

  • Weight has been greatly exaggerated as a health risk.
  • Sustained weight loss is not practical, and not proven to improve health.
  • Health improvements can result from improved health behaviors, regardless of whether weight is lost.

She supports a new approach called “Health at Every Size” that acknowledges that health habits are more important than the scale.

The entire editorial is here.

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.