A Call for an End to the Diet Debates

University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.
JAMA The Journal of the American Medical Association (Impact Factor: 35.29). 08/2013; 310(7):687-8. DOI: 10.1001/jama.2013.8601
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This commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association calls for an end to the “diet debates" in the scientific community and reported in the media.

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    • "A starting point to determine the patient populations for whom dieting should be approved is examining the exclusion criteria for the original trials. Adherence to dieting is the most consistent predictor of weight loss and changes in health outcomes (Pagoto and Appelhans, 2013), and as noted above, non-adherent individuals are often excluded from trials. Despite the importance of adherence, dieting interventions are not evaluated based on whether participants are able to adhere to the regimen. "
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    ABSTRACT: Macchi and colleagues propose a theoretical model that merges concepts from the biopsychosocial model and family systems theory to produce a broader framework for understanding weight loss and maintenance (see record 2013-28564-001). The Shifting Processes Model views individual weight loss and maintenance in the context of family dynamics, including family eating and exercise habits, home environment, and family relationships. The authors reason that traditional models put the burden of change on the individual rather than the family system, when the latter is an important context of individual behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).
    Families Systems & Health 12/2013; 31(4):338-40. DOI:10.1037/fsh0000006 · 1.13 Impact Factor

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