Medical Tuesday Blog
Exercise will reduce obesity
It has now been completely proven that exercise will not affect obesity. Frequently in the consultation room we hear a patient who’s weight increase each month say, “I haven’t been able to exercise.”
We have always told them that exercise increases muscle mass but won’t decrease fat mass. It was apparent that patients did not believe us.
Now the UK reports that a study on two groups of women in 4-week and 8-week sessions of exercise confirms this. There was no change in diets. Each group exercised according to the protocol. All variables were standardized. The fat ladies did not lose any weight. The thin ladies increased their muscle mass with the associated increase in weight.
This supports all recent evidence that it takes a three mile walk to burn up the calories of a dozen corn chips. Few overweight women in my practice would be able to walk three miles. It would also take a 100 mile walk to burn one desert. Is any obese patient able to do that?
Medical Myths originate when someone else pays the medical bills.
Myths disappear when Patients pay Appropriate Deductibles and Co-payments on Every Service.