Oh, not again. Still. They’ve been level for years, but this time the Journal of the American Medical Association noticed. There’s discussion as to why, such as “people are getting healthier”. Given how dieters often gain weight in the long term, I thought this perspective a bit more realistic:
Dr. Ludwig said the plateau might just suggest that “we’ve reached a biological limit” to how obese people could get. When people eat more, he said, at first they gain weight; then a growing share of the calories go “into maintaining and moving around that excess tissue,” he continued, so that “a population doesn’t keep getting heavier and heavier indefinitely.”
That’s not what my mother told me. She was convinced that if I wasn’t actively dieting I would continue to gain weight for the rest of my life. Yet when I finally quit dieting my weight … leveled off. Huh.
Furthermore, Dr. Ludwig said, “it could be that most of the people who are genetically susceptible, or susceptible for psychological or behavioral reasons, have already become obese.”