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On the Futility of Healthy Lifestyle Evangelism November 6, 2022

Posted by geoff in News.
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I was struck with the futility of nutrition/exercise nagging counseling that was encountered in this study:

…133 teens with obesity and one who was overweight were treated with semaglutide, while 67 were given a placebo. Both groups, along with their parents and guardians, also received counseling on healthy nutrition and exercise.

In the placebo group, teens gained about 3 percent of their initial weight—about 5 pounds.

That’s consistent with my anecdotal experience, which has consistently followed the “Never try to teach a pig to sing…” aphorism. Unfortunately, a good deal of our collective energy is spent on browbeating people about nutrition and exercise.

What’s the better answer? I dunno (though this semaglutide had pretty good results).

But start by not annoying the pig.

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1. vaitguy - November 6, 2022

Muscle weighs more then fat gram for gram. Amirite?

2. Jimbro - November 6, 2022

I recently read an article about celebrities flocking to doctors to get Ozempic (brand name) and paying out of pocket for it.

Semaglutide: Side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation.

Small price to pay to look good in a bikini or a Speedo

3. geoff - November 6, 2022

Side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation.

At least there’s no anal leakage…

4. geoff - November 6, 2022

Muscle weighs more then fat gram for gram. Amirite?

60% of the time that’s true every time.

5. lumps - November 7, 2022

a good deal of our collective energy is spent on browbeating people about nutrition and exercise.

I think there’s a lot of merit to the sexy, peppy infomercial approach.
Young people have zero sales resistance. Just convince them that this is the new hotness and that it will cost their parents $X and they will be lining up.

6. geoff - November 8, 2022

I think there’s a lot of merit to the sexy…

Ain’t that the truth.

7. skinbad - November 9, 2022

“Hey, you got peanut butter on my semaglutide!”


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