Healthcare Triage: Exercise is NOT the Key to Weight Loss

One of my family’s favorite shows is “The Biggest Loser.” Although some viewers don’t appreciate how it pushes people so hard to lose weight, the show probably inspires some overweight people to regain control of their lives.But one of the most frustrating parts of the show, at least for me, is its overwhelming emphasis on exercise. Because when it comes to reaching a healthy weight, what you don’t eat is much, much more important.

Last week I talked about the many ways exercise is awesome. This week I want to focus on one way it’s not. Weight loss. Sorry, but that’s the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.

This is based on a column I wrote for the Upshot. Supporting links and studies can be found there, and in this follow-up piece.

@aaronecarroll

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