January, 2010 Issue

The New Science Behind Diet and Weight Loss—It’s All about Diversity

Itís the time of year to think about achieving a healthy weight. Surveys say that almost half of all women pledge to lose weight for their New Yearís resolutions. Itís a worthy endeavor, since about two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight and one-third are obese (the obese also fall into the overweight category), which brings a higher risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, certain cancers, psychological disorders, increased surgical risk and increased mortality. With so many reasons to maintain a healthy weight, itís not difficult to understand why the notion of weight loss is so popular at this time of year. What is difficult to understand is how to navigate the sea of diets that fill book store shelves and pour forth from the Internet.

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