Nothing about how exercising can cause weight loss. Even when discussing beginners, weight loss does not come up:
The people who accrue the greatest health benefits from exercise go from doing nothing to doing something.
“A one-minute walk isn’t going to do much for your health, but it is a way to start,” said Dr. Steve Blair, an epidemiologist at the University of South Carolina whose research over the last 20 years formed much of the basis for the new federal guidelines. “Next week, can we do two minutes? Then the third week, three minutes. Eventually you’ll be up to 30 minutes.”
Even then, it doesn’t have to be 30 minutes at a time. “Ten minutes in the morning, 10 minutes when you come home. Weekends, try to get up to 30 minutes,” said Bill Haskell, an emeritus professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
The article also includes suggestions for the time-crunched, children, seniors, and those who can’t get enough exercise.
Further browsing of the Times website finds their Health Guide on Exercise. The Reporter’s File, written by Gina Kolata, begins:
- While exercise can boost mood, its health benefits have been oversold.
- Moderate exercise can reduce the risk of diabetes in people at risk. Exercise may reduce the risk of heart disease and breast and colon cancers.
- Though the evidence is mixed, exercise may also provide benefits for people with osteoporosis.
- Physical activity alone will not lead to sustained weight loss or reduce blood pressure or cholesterol.
This is even worse. Not mentioning weight is one thing, but asserting that exercise alone won’t cause you to lose weight? You should just do it because it’s good for you and it might feel good – or worse yet, it might serve some utility, like making it easier to be on your feet at work all day? Obviously the persons responsible for this travesty must be rounded up and charged with negligence for forcing Americans to get fat! ;)