Suck It, Biggest Loser Weight Loss Study

Last week, an article about the futility of losing weight, based on a sample of 14 contestants from The Biggest Loser, circulated the internet.

I saw three responses.

  1. Crap.  I hope that’s not true.
  2. Heck yeah!  Weight loss is impossible!  Fat acceptance, baby!  Be fat and happy!  You can’ t change it anyway!
  3. Wow.  That’s a remarkably flawed study.  I hope someone addresses this.

Fortunately, several people far smarter than me HAVE addressed it, and yes, the study is both horribly flawed, paints the wrong picture, and isn’t 100% the whole story.

That’s good news.

I read several Fat Acceptance/Body Positivity/HAES bloggers post about how this was confirmation of both their lifestyle choices and the “5% of dieters is all that can ever lose weight” myth.  (Did you know that only 4% of smokers successful quit for good?  Something to think about.)

This article is a nice summary of what is wrong with it and, for those of us who want to lose weight, proof that it can be done without being miserable for the rest of our lives.  It’s a fluff piece, but so is the New York Times.  As soon as I’ve read some hard science on the topic, I’ll post about it here.

Oh, and one last thing…

If someone COULD operate metabolically at far fewer calories than someone else, that’s like a freaking X-Men superpower.  It’s only a problem in today’s world of $1 cheeseburgers and convenience food.