Sherry Pagoto, PhD, associate professor of medicine, is calling for an end to the “diet debates” in a new commentary published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“We really wanted to shine a light on the fact that there seems to be this focus in the media and in the scientific community on the pursuit for the ideal diet,” said Dr. Pagoto. “None of the (diet research) is game changing in terms of obesity management, but we’re spending a lot of time talking about it and we are spending a lot of time researching it.”
“We really need to shift our conversation away from what exactly people should be eating to how to get people to change their behavior.”
The commentary, co-authored by Bradley Appelhans, PhD, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, was published online Aug. 20, ahead of the Aug. 21 print edition of JAMA.
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