A Challenge: Can You Separate the Facts from the Myths?

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By: , SparkPeople Blogger
1/15/2009 6:47 AM   :  1465 comments

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No doubt you’ve noticed that the world of weight management is populated by all kinds of claims, theories, diet strategies, and different approaches, many of which totally contradict most of the others.

And this problem isn’t confined to the snake oil peddlers and fad diet promoters who have a financial interest in getting you to believe their particular claims. Even reputable scientists and health professionals don’t always agree on “the facts,” or on the best way to help people manage their health and their weight successfully.

Given all this confusion and uncertainty, it’s not surprising that even some of the most basic and widely held convictions people have about weight and health turn out not to be proven fact.

Below, for example, are five very basic statements about body weight and health that you’ve probably heard many times, from many different sources. Not all of them are true.

Your mission for today, should you decide to accept it, is to correctly determine whether each of these statements is true or false. If you are one of the first 25 readers to get all five correct, you will receive a SparkGoodie valued at 100 SparkPoints, personalized with a congratulatory note from me (If you're not already a member of SparkPeople, you will need to join for free before posting your answers, and set up your SparkPage by the time the prizes are awarded next Thursday. Otherwise, your Goodie will get lost in transit). While the cash value of this reward may not impress your banker or your loan shark, and you can’t eat it, I’m sure you'll be excited by the prospect of watching its sentimental value increase exponentially as this blog expands its readership, with your name permanently recorded as a winner of this historic first challenge.

So, read on for the 5 Statements, and post your answers in the comments section (along with any remarks you want to make–but please, no attempts to deliberately mislead other respondents). Then, tune in next Thursday, when the correct answers will be revealed, and the 25 winners of this valuable prize will be announced (if there are any).


Statement No. 1

Obesity causes health risks, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Statement No. 2

People with a BMI in the “normal” range have a lower risk of mortality than those in higher (or lower) BMI ranges.

Statement No.3

Losing weight will definitely reduce your risks of health problems and premature death.

Statement No. 4

As long as it is not taken to extremes, dieting is a safe, proven, and effective weight loss method.

Statement No. 5

The two most effective motivations for losing weight are fear of the health risks caused by obesity, and the desire to conform to social standards regarding body size, shape, and appearance.

OK, those are the 5 statements. Enter your True or False responses in the comments section, and be sure to include the number of the statement along with your T or F. And don't forget to look for the results next Thursday.


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Comments

  • KELLYA47
    1415
    All are true - 3/30/2009   2:32:11 PM
  • PIPERGREY93
    1414
    All are true


    - 3/22/2009   7:20:03 PM
  • ~ANGIE~
    1413
    Where are the answers posted? - 2/21/2009   2:28:32 PM
  • 1412
    1. T2. true
    3. true
    4. true
    5 .true - 2/18/2009   9:27:46 AM
  • 1411
    all five are true - 2/13/2009   12:51:30 PM
  • 1410
    1.t
    2.t
    3.t
    4.t
    5.f - 2/10/2009   12:23:17 PM
  • POSSIE0425
    1409
    1. True
    2. True
    3. True
    4. True
    5. True - 2/1/2009   10:44:45 PM
  • CLAIRE.S
    1408
    First is true the rest are false - 1/30/2009   6:00:00 AM
  • 1407
    First and last are true, others are false. - 1/27/2009   10:43:29 AM
  • 1406
    all of the statements are false - 1/26/2009   7:21:48 PM
  • 1405
    These are all true........ - 1/26/2009   1:12:00 PM
  • MADGIRL1966
    1404
    All questions 1-5 are false - 1/26/2009   10:02:32 AM
  • 1403
    1-F
    2-F
    3-F
    4-F
    5-F - 1/26/2009   7:29:53 AM
  • 1402
    All the statements are false . While at first they seem to be true, when you think about it you relizse they are false. - 1/26/2009   6:55:39 AM
  • HOLLAR1
    1401
    1.t
    2.t
    3.t
    4.t
    5.t - 1/26/2009   2:22:49 AM
  • 1400
    1.F
    2.F
    3.F
    4.F
    5.F - 1/26/2009   12:50:50 AM
  • PHATTYGIRL970
    1399
    1. t
    2. t
    3. t
    4. t
    5. t - 1/25/2009   8:04:01 PM
  • 1398
    1 T

    2 T

    3 T

    4 T - Eating clean and healthily (not to extreems) meets the definition of "diet" from Merriam-Webster online dictionary - 1 a: food and drink regularly provided or consumed b: habitual nourishment c: the kind and amount of food prescribed for a person or animal for a special reason d: a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one's weight (going on a diet)

    5 T - 1/25/2009   2:07:53 PM
  • 1397
    1. true

    2. true

    3. true

    4. false, People don't need dieting to lose weight they need a total lifestyle change. Healthy eating, exercise, and don't forget the almighty water drinking.

    5. false, The fear of health risks is a good motivation, but conforming to social standards is not. Everyone has a different body shape and type. - 1/25/2009   11:15:15 AM
  • 1396
    all 5 statements are false. 1. F 2. F 3. F 4. F 5 F.
    We are all different. It is not one size fits all. Obesity can help cause all those things but their are other factors in all diseases.
    Rhea
    - 1/25/2009   10:05:38 AM
  • 1395
    All 5 are True - 1/25/2009   7:38:58 AM
  • 1394
    I think they are all five true - 1/25/2009   4:14:13 AM
  • KAYA00
    1393
    All of these statements are false - 1/24/2009   5:39:32 PM
  • LAURIEGR
    1392
    1. true
    2. true
    3. true
    4. false
    5 .true - 1/24/2009   2:53:22 PM
  • 1391
    No. 1 F even though all of these statements could be true, I am living proof that it isn't necessarily so. I weigh over twice my 'normal' weight yet have passed every medical with flying colors. That's not to say that could change in a second and that is why I'm choosing to take the weight off before it takes me out of this world.

    No. 2 F I think this is true for the most part but, as before, there is always the rare exception.

    No.3 F Nothing is this life is garanteed except death and taxes but losing the weight certainly improves those odds!

    No. 4 F I think the important thing is that you need to create balance in everything you do so ~ No Extremes! and we must also remember that not all so-call diets are safe. Some that are not balanced can actually lead to long-term negative effects. Let's not forget that physical activity is also very important.

    No. 5 F As with everything in life, we all achieve goals by setting our own motivators. What works for me may not work for Dana or Jenga or You! If I was doing this to conform to societies standards of "Perfect", I would have been slim long ago!! - 1/24/2009   1:34:54 PM
  • MCHOLLIDAY
    1390
    all true - 1/24/2009   1:12:31 PM
  • CHRISMANZ
    1389
    1t 2f 3t 4f 5t - 1/24/2009   6:10:36 AM
  • ORDINARYWMN
    1388
    1. F-obesity CAN cause these diseases but doesn't always
    2. F- normal IBM's can be misleading because it doesn't measure the person's muscle mass versus fat mass. so u can have a so called "normal" IBM and still be unhealthy because of high fat mass. While someone with a so called high IBM can be healthy because they have higher muscle mass.
    3.F. nothing is definite- so yes losing weight can decrease your health risks but its not guaranteed.
    4.F. Dieting is effective for weight los but not maintenance of that weight lose. a life style change for life is the most effective, safe and proven method to lose weight and keep it off.
    5.F. No matter what our doctor says or society imposes on us, until we are emotional and psychological ready to make permanent lifestyle changes nothing, not even peer pressure or fear of illness or death, will motivate us. Only we can do that, and those reasons are different from person to person. - 1/23/2009   10:40:40 PM
  • 1387
    T
    T
    T
    F
    F

    :) - 1/23/2009   8:11:14 PM
  • 1386
    I agree with most people who say that ALL are FALSE:

    Everyone is different, and you can't put any kind of statement on weight loss or being healthy, men and women are overweight and live longer than people who exercise daily... We all have different bodies and different spirits! - 1/23/2009   7:39:46 PM
  • 1385
    1 T
    2 F
    3 T
    4 T
    5 T - 1/23/2009   6:54:43 PM
  • SNIETO08
    1384
    T
    F
    F
    T
    T - 1/23/2009   6:30:10 PM
  • JENNIFER_ROTH
    1383
    1.t
    2.f
    3.f
    4.f
    5.f - 1/23/2009   5:48:08 PM
  • HDHINES6797
    1382
    1. F
    2. F
    3. F
    4. F
    5. F - 1/23/2009   4:39:12 PM
  • 1381
    1.False
    2.False
    3.False
    4.False
    5.False - 1/23/2009   3:33:08 PM
  • PHOENIXHASRISEN
    1380
    1. False
    2. False
    3. False
    4. False
    5. False - 1/23/2009   2:32:15 PM
  • 1379
    1-5:
    False

    the language of the statements make them false. there are no certainties in weight loss and health :) - 1/23/2009   2:30:52 PM
  • RDAKZOOM
    1378
    1) true
    2) true
    3) true
    4) true
    5) true - 1/23/2009   2:22:38 PM
  • 1377
    1. True
    2. False
    3. True
    4. True
    5. True - 1/23/2009   2:00:11 PM
  • 1376
    Statement No. 1

    Obesity causes health risks, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. TRUE

    Statement No. 2

    People with a BMI in the “normal” range have a lower risk of mortality than those in higher (or lower) BMI ranges. FALSE

    Statement No.3

    Losing weight will definitely reduce your risks of health problems and premature death. FALSE ( I wouldn't say losing weight will definitely reduce risks)

    Statement No. 4

    As long as it is not taken to extremes, dieting is a safe, proven, and effective weight loss method. TRUE

    Statement No. 5

    The two most effective motivations for losing weight are fear of the health risks caused by obesity, and the desire to conform to social standards regarding body size, shape, and appearance. TRUE
    - 1/23/2009   12:45:32 PM
  • 1375
    #1 True
    #2 True
    #3 True
    #4 False
    #5 False - 1/23/2009   11:45:09 AM
  • LINDAWALDMAN
    1374
    They are all false- minor mistatements or over encompassing statements. obviously an anorexic person would not benefit from weight loss, etc. - 1/23/2009   8:34:06 AM
  • MSGRAM
    1373
    T,F,F,T,T - 1/23/2009   8:15:58 AM
  • 1372
    1. True, 2. False, 3. False, 4. True, 5. True - 1/23/2009   2:31:22 AM
  • 1371
    1. T
    2.F
    3.T
    4.F
    5.F - 1/23/2009   1:25:39 AM
  • 1370
    1. T
    2. T
    3. F
    4. F
    5. T - 1/22/2009   11:31:18 PM
  • 1369
    I say all True!!!!! - 1/22/2009   11:24:59 PM
  • 1368
    Statement No. 1 False: Obesity is associated with higher health risks(correlation does not mean causation.)

    Statement No. 2 False.

    Statement No.3 False: There are no definites.

    Statement No. 4 False: Diets are bad, life style changes are what you need.

    Statement No. 5 False

    - 1/22/2009   9:43:13 PM
  • 1367
    1-t, 2-t, 3-t, 4-t, 5-t - 1/22/2009   6:36:00 PM
  • CHUBBYGIRL669
    1366
    t,t,f,t,f - 1/22/2009   4:58:42 PM

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