Is Dieting a Waste of Time?
Kelly Bliss provides a sympathetic and enthusiastic review of Linda Bacon's Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight (2nd ed.), a scholarly book that turns conventional wisdom on its head and suggests that much—if not all—of what we have been told by the medical establishment about weight control is simply untrue. As Bliss notes (quoting Bacon), "'Not one study has ever shown that diets produce long-term weight loss for any but a tiny number of dieters. Not one' (p. 47)."
Is there really a conspiracy to mislead the public about dieting and weight? Have psychologists, unwittingly or not, been a part of this conspiracy?
By Kelly Bliss
PsycCRITIQUES, 2011 Vol 56(25)