I would like you to take a look at this two-page editorial which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine - NEJM - in 2009. It is in response to a research study, which we probably discussed at some point, which reviewed the impact of different macro nutrient combinations on weight loss in a reduced calorie situation.
I have always contented and made arguments regarding, the futility of diets.
Here are two specific points in the article by Dr. Martijn Katan that I want to bring to your attention:
Evidently, individual treatment is powerless against an environment that offers so many high-calorie foods and labor-saving devices (p924)
...we may need a new approach to preventing and to treating obesity and it must be a total-environment approach that involves and activates entire neighborhoods and communities. ... because the only effective alternative that we have at present for halting the obesity epidemic is large-scale gastric surgery(p924) (YIKES!!)
In the article, Dr. Katan gives an example of an intervention in France where one of the strategies used was "cooking workshops." To which I say, "Volumetrics anyone?" My You Tube channel is ready to hit the road :)
Referenced Editorial by:
N Engl J Med 2009; 360:923-925
February 26, 2009