Overweight Americans worried about reports that they may be prone to disease and a shortened life span should not react by turning to fad diets, warns the nation's largest group of nutrition professionals.
The Chicago-based American Dietetic Assn., representing 50,000 dietitians and nutritionists, says the new warnings that cite increased health risks for those who are 20% overweight should not trigger consumers to rush out and squander money on worthless diet products.
A panel of experts of the National Institutes of Health is recommending that anyone exceeding ideal weight by 20% seek treatment. Previously, experts thought obesity should be treated only if it exceeded 40% above desired weight.
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"The new recommendation is a wise one given the problems associated with obesity," said ADA President Donna R. Watson. "But we're hoping it doesn't encourage people to run out and buy those useless powdered diet supplements or super miracle diet pills."