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No More New Year's Weight Loss Resolutions

  • Published: 2010-12-29 : Jon Robison, PhD, MS.
  • Synopsis: There is simply no evidence that any of the popular approaches results in long-term weight loss for the vast majority of people.

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MSU Professor Calls for an End to Annual Tradition for Many Americans.

Ordinarily, the Holidays are a time for New Year's resolutions - and more often than not, weight loss is at or near the top of the list.

Time for a change, according to Dr. Jon Robison. "There is simply no evidence that any of the popular approaches results in long-term weight loss for the vast majority of people who engage in them," says Robison.

Despite this complete lack of evidence, people are repeatedly seduced into trying to lose weight with the latest reincarnation of these approaches from a diet industry with $50 billion in annual revenues. Furthermore, the relentless pressure, particularly on women and children, to lose weight increases the likelihood of eating disorders, disordered eating and body hatred.

To reduce anxiety about food and weight while at the same time promoting good health, Dr. Robison recommends that people discard the weight loss focus and embrace a Health-Centered Approach.

Dr. Robison summarizes this approach in a special report, "10 Things You Can Do Right Now to Ease Concerns about Your Weight & Improve Your Health." This free report is available on his website at

Here is a sample of the 10 Things (discussion of each suggestion follows in the report):

Save Your Time & Money! - Don't spend another dime on anything or anybody that even remotely suggests they will help you lose weight permanently.

Just Say No! - Do not use (or let anyone else) your weight, BMI or any other measurement of body size or composition as an indicator of health!

"While this approach differs substantially from the traditional wisdom about weight and health, please keep in mind that the traditional wisdom in this case is clearly not working or helping and may, in fact, be causing considerable harm," Robison says.

Jonathan Robison holds a doctorate in health education and a master of science in human nutrition from Michigan State University where he is adjunct Assistant Professor. A former co-editor of the journal Health At Every Size he has been helping people with weight and eating-related concerns for more than 20 years. Dr. Robison is available to help both lay and professional groups embrace Health-Centered Approaches for helping people with weight-related concerns. For more information, please visit

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