Friday, September 03, 2004

To Your Health

To Your Health

By Sandy Szwarc
Published 07/28/2003

Frances Berg, M.S., wrote in a March/April 1999 Healthy Weight Journal editorial that the then new federal guidelines, labeling over half of Americans overweight and "recommending that millions of already weight-obsessed Americans lose weight, are dangerous in that they focus on weight loss, not health. Instead of improving health, they will likely increase the obsession with thinness."

Berg's admonition is being proven every day. As messages of the dangers of obesity and the soaring epidemic become more desperate, so have the weight loss strategies consumers are trying, or being urged to try, with deadly and dangerous effects.

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