Barbara Berkeley's Article: Is Weight-Loss Maintenance Possible?

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Is Weight-loss maintenance possible? This is the topic of discussion on the article I am choosing to write about for this final reflection paper. Berkeley argues yes it is a possible task it just is not an easy one while Pope, on the other hand, disagrees and implies that biologically some people are genetically inclined to obesity. Before reading through the article and doing my own research on the topic, I would have immediately said yes, of course it is. After my opinion has now drastically changed. Obesity or being overweight can be defined by one’s body mass index (BMI). This is calculated by dividing the weight by the height of the person. Having a BMI of 25-29.9 indicates the person is overweight and a BMI of 30 or over indicates the person is obese. Some facts I found interesting in the article are that 45 million Americans spend thirty-three billion dollars on weight-loss products but currently two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight. An astonishing one-third of Americans are considered obese. These numbers sum up to almost twenty percent more than twenty years ago. With obesity comes the risk of many health issues including; cancers, diabetes, …show more content…
She starts off talking about a group of people who by different means came to the same results, a healthier weight. She talks about her experience with working with overweight people and of how research on weight loss has changed and will continue to do so. Berkeley also talks about Pope’s views on obesity and maintenance an disagrees on many points. She does agree that after the point of obesity weight is much more difficult to deal with. I like that scenario she paints out for the reader on how if someone were to tell their family and friends that they were giving up meat they would be encouraged but had they said they were giving up sugar and grains they would most likely not get that same congratulating

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