Would you really start a weight loss diet if you knew it would actually contribute to MORE weight gain, and increase your risk of binge eating? This short video shows how dieting creates bigger problems with your health and mind.
By Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) asked if I would contribute an article on the dangers of dieting (specifically, how dieting increases weight gain) as part of their outreach for National Eating Disorders Awareness week, which begins February 26, 2012. Of course, I said yes, and here it is.
If dieting programs had to stand up to the same scrutiny as medications, they would never be allowed for public consumption. Imagine, for example, taking an asthma medication, which improves your breathing for a few weeks, but in the long run, causes your lungs and breathing to worsen. Or, imagine taking a medication to unclog your arteries, but ultimately, caused increased blockage.