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UCLA: Diets Fail

A UCLA review of 31 previous diet studies has found that dieters usually gain back their lost weight.

Lead researcher Traci Mann:

"Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people. We concluded most of them would have been better off not going on the diet at all."

Of note, weights for a lot of these studies were self-reported and people do tend to fib about their weight.

And look, it's Jennifer Portnick! This article also points out:

Experts say that rapid weight gain and loss linked to yo-yo dieting has been shown to lead to heart disease, diabetes and a weakened immune system.

So what does this mean for fat acceptance? It means that those who believe in HAES have a little more ammo on their side. After all, this review suggests that going through the dieting process has no weight effects for a majority of people. Interestingly, the psychological effects don't seem to be addressed here - but those are usually great, in addition to the physical issues noted above. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in.]

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