As an addition to last week's post, Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor just put out a study of Health at Every Size (HAES) related studies and came up with some results that are contradictory to "Obesity-related science". They talk a lot about weight cycling which I believe not only makes people fatter but causes some of the ill health effects associated with "obesity."
Weight cycling can account for all of the excess mortality associated with obesity in both the Framingham Heart Study  and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) .
As I mentioned in this blog before, I have a history of weight cycling. For 17 years I lost and gain weight plus more repeatedly. Had I never dieted I would have been fat, but much less than I am now. And with every diet cycle, I began to suffer new health issues, including bad cholesterol, fatigue, heart palpitations, and low immunity. None of which I had before dieting. What upsets me most is that if I have some kind of "Obesity related illness" in the future, it will all be blamed on my body size and not weight cycling.
HAES doesn't have weight cycling. If you commit to HAES, you may lose weight, you may stay the same. But this article shows HAES is beneficial in health indicators regardless of weight loss.
Some people might say HAES is a cop-out and that people are using it as excuse to not lose weight, but it isn't. Because I no longer deprive myself, I no longer crave high calorie junk food. Because I no longer associated exercise with dieting, I have increased my movement. HAES (and studies that used HAES tenets before the term came into existence) indicated:
Evidence from these six RCTs indicates that a HAES approach is associated with statistically and clinically relevant improvements in physiological measures (e.g. blood pressure, blood lipids), health behaviors (e.g. physical activity, eating disorder pathology) and psychosocial outcomes (e.g, mood, self-esteem, body image)
Six studies isn't enough but there will be more in the future.
Tell me this, is it better for the population to try to eat right and exercise or repeatedly give up any kind of health behaviors when they fail to get to some arcane number?