"An NIH-funded program that combined exercise, nutrition education, field trips and other activities was more successful than a self-esteem program..."Remember, NIH promotes child abuse, which, in addition to stupid studies like this, is also paid for by us.
So what happened?
"Study participants over two years met weekly and later monthly to focus on diet and exercise or self esteem. At the study's conclusion, the girls in the diet-and-exercise group reported eating 90 fewer calories daily and consuming fewer sweetened drinks and eating slightly more vegetables than girls in the self-esteem group. Thirty percent of overweight girls in the first group lost weight and were able to keep that weight off for two years, compared with 15% of girls in the second group."And what worked?
Certainly it was not exercise.
"According to the Commercial Appeal, there was no difference in amount of exercise reported by the girls in the two groups."It was controlling Calories in, which, practically speaking, will always trump Calories out.
The latter is way more difficult and far less efficient.
"Marian Levy, director of the University of Memphis graduate public health program, said, 'It is a very important study,' adding, 'It shows just by making simple dietary changes you can have an impact on weight and health' (Powers, Memphis Commercial Appeal, 11/25). "Duh.
By the way, fewer Calories in than out will work for people of all colors, ages, genders and anything else you can think of.
To achieve success, see here, here, here, here, here, and here.
It is the deadly approach to weight loss promoted by the experts that causes diets to fail. (For starters, see here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.)