Exercise Not Key To Tackling Obesity – Study

A recent study has said that exercise is not the key to dealing with obesity.

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While exercise was key to dealing with dementia, type 2 diabetes and the works it was minimal when it came to its effect on obesity.

Instead the devil is in sugar and carbohydrates.

The study was particularly unhappy with fizzy drinks and blamed the food industry for pushing the narrative that exercise was key to dealing with obesity, essentially unhealthy eating.

London cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra:

An obese person does not need to do one iota of exercise to lose weight, they just need to eat less. My biggest concern is that the messaging that is coming to the public suggests you can eat what you like as long as you exercise.

Messaging focused on keeping a healthy weight based on calorie count instead of the source of calories. Sugar calories promote storage of fat and make people feel hungry while fat calories make people feel full.

As for carbohydrates, well they are just to be restricted according to the study.

Mind you,  we will still do our fair bit of exercise, so as not to develop those other conditions such as heart disease and all that other messy stuff.

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With information from BBC

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