SARASOTA, Fla. (March 4, 2013) – Does breastfeeding protect against obesity? Can exercise create big, long-term weight changes? No – although millions of people wrongly believe that they can. They are two of the more popular myths circulating about weight loss and obesity, according to a study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Among others misconceptions, the study debunked the following myths behind weight loss and obesity:
1. Small changes in calorie intake and exercise will create big, long-term weight changes.
2. Hefty, rapid weight loss is linked with poorer long-term outcomes than gradual weight loss.
3. Physical education classes in their current form play an important role in preventing childhood obesity.
4. Breastfeeding protects babies against obesity later.
5. Sexual activity burns 100 to 300 calories.
Now for some truths, according to Sarasota Memorial nutrition experts:
6. Genes play a role in one's weight, but do not always predict future health.
7. Diets effectively reduce weight when combined with exercise and behavioral changes.
8. Meal replacements and following meal plans do aid in weight loss.
9. Some weight-loss drugs help individuals achieve meaningful weight loss.
10. Bariatric surgery—in appropriate cases—does promote long-term weight loss and decreased risk of diabetes and mortality.
About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System
Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offeringSouthwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services, with more than 800,000 patient visits a year. Sarasota Memorial’s 806-bed acute care hospital has been recognized repeatedly as one of the nation’s largest, safest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of outpatient services– from urgent care clinics and physician groups, laboratory and diagnostic imaging centers, to home health and skilled nursing & rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial is the only hospital in the Suncoast region (Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties) ever to rank in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” and HealthGrades “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” lists.