I agree that we need to find ways to help people be healthier, but I think it’s important to divorce that view of health from weight. If we view obesity and weight gain as a another effect of poor diet (like fatty liver disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes), rather than a cause of those other diseases, we begin to see interventions that work far better over a longer period. Considering the incredibly high failure rate of weight loss diets, and the documented adverse effects of yo-yo dieting, interventions that focus on health goals instead of weight goals have much better outcomes, whether or not weight loss is achieved (and ironically, it is usually achieved to some extent with intuitive eating).

The second link below has a list of studies that have tested different aspects of intuitive eating claims, and highlights the benefits of focusing on health behaviors divorced from weight.

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