Interview with the Obesity Mathematician

There is a lot of sense in this article. That a lot of people really don’t want to hear.

A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity

I’ve posted the link to his mathematical simulator before, and I still think it’s WAY OFF on the numbers. For me it comes up with a ridiculously high result – if I followed his recommendations on how many calories I should eat to lose 20 pounds, I would instead gain about 30. It recommends that I should eat 2347 calories a day to lose 20 pounds. Right now I eat approximately 1800 calories a day just to stay stable at 200.

BUT – the other stuff the mathematician says in the interview is pretty dead on, despite his model being skewed way high. Check it out.

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3 Responses to “Interview with the Obesity Mathematician”

  1. Princess Dieter Says:

    I also read that yesterday (I found it on Google News, which I scan daily). I did my calculations and LAUGHED. Way too high. One thing people learn from experience with dieting and counting calories, is that we’re all very different from whatever averages are used in these calculations. Some folks my size and activity level doubtless could eat more or eat what they suggest. If I did, I’d be over 200 by year’s end or sooner. What they recommend for losing is closer to my maintenance level. Sigh.

    BUT…I do think it’s useful for folks who are against caloric counting to at least take a look at that. And for folks who are not controlling their environment, to realize it is hazardous–too much food, too many types of food, too much stimulation, temptation, easy food, cheap food–and control it, as Dr. Berkely recommends. Institute our OWN environment. Controlled.

    It sucks. But there it is. It is, when it comes down to it, quite a bit of math.

    I did put the url for the simulator in my sidebar. I think it’s a reality check, even if it’s off for many of us who have been obese….and can’t eat as much as the never obese.

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