Breakfast, weight-loss and crappy science

Content note: (1) irony – could be considered offensive – isn’t intended that way; (2) weight loss dieting. I’m not sure how we got onto the topic, but a few days ago, a group of us were talking about people who try to stow away in the wheel wells of airplanes, usually with tragic results.…

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The National Weight Control Registry: the gold standard in bullcrap (Part 3)

In Part 1 of this series on the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), we looked at the pretty underwhelming response to the launch of the Registry, and in Part 2, we looked at the even more underwhelming results of 2-year follow-up. This was supposed to be a 3-part series. But as it turns out, the…

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The National Weight Control Registry: the gold standard in bullcrap (Part 2)

 Last time we looked at the origins of the NWCR and the somewhat underwhelming evidence that weight can be successfully lost and maintained without descending into some seriously disordered ‘health’ behaviours. This time, we’re going to look at what happened to those people after they’d been in the registry for a couple of years. In…

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The National Weight Control Registry: the gold standard in bullcrap (Part 1)

 Whenever anybody talks about the futility of trying to lose weight, somebody like That Awful Woman (TAW), who I won’t give more publicity to by naming, will throw the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR) in their face. See, it IS possible to lose weight and keep it off. This is the proof. You’re obviously just…

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