TOS Responds to "Myths, Presumptions, and Facts About Obesity" in the New England Journal of Medicine

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The Obesity Society Response to: “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity” in the New England Journal of Medicine



Theodore Kyle, RPh, MBA

Chair, The Obesity Society Advocacy Committee


“It is a necessary element of good science to question our own scientific findings, beliefs, attitudes, assumptions and biases. Articles, like ‘Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity’ in the New England Journal of Medicine, encourage us to think more deeply about our underlying beliefs about obesity and how we can work to help those affected.


“We applaud the study’s authors for highlighting what we know about obesity by pointing to facts well supported by scientific literature. For example, while we may want to believe that meal plans based on ‘balance, variety and moderation’ are the best for treating obesity, science shows that the more structured the meal plan, the more weight that’s lost. 


“The article challenges many commonly held assumptions about obesity that will, no doubt, spur a healthy discussion and generate new ideas. At The Obesity Society it's our goal to move from research to education to action, combatting the obesity epidemic head on. Join us in our effort and find out more at:”


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About The Obesity Society

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