Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Genetic Slim N Trim, Part Deux

With diabetes and other weight-related diseases beginning to reach epidemic proportions and affecting our health care system and costs, health researchers need a different approach to help individuals lose weight. We had posted earlier about studies that showed the weight is heavily influenced by genetics and today, Gina Kolata of the NY Times takes some excerpts from her new book, Rethinking Thin: The New Science of Weight Loss — and the Myths and Realities of Dieting and illustrates how the fight against obesity involves more than simply, 'eating less, exercising more' -- in what could analogized to variations in pain threshold of individuals, Kolata quotes Dr. Jeffrey Friedman, an obesity researcher at the Rockefeller University, who said this in the journal Science in 2000: "The feeling of hunger is intense and, if not as potent as the drive to breathe, is probably no less powerful than the drive to drink when one is thirsty. This is the feeling the obese must resist after they have lost a significant amount of weight."

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