Morgan Downey, former director of the American Obesity Association (among other things) and now writer of the Downey Obesity Report recently published The Putative 82 Causes of Obesity:
I’ve been keeping track of the putative causes of obesity. I am now up to 82. I don’t allege they are all correct. But they do exist in the scientific or popular literature, usually both.
In his post, he links to an article or paper discussing that reported cause’s link to obesity. His 82 causes run the gamut from agricultural policies to endocrine disrupters to marrying later in life to virus. Check out his post for the links.
In the meantime, I think he asks some good questions. I like this one:
If a disease (condition) has 82 possible causes, can anyone say we know what THE CAUSE is?
and this one:
What possible prevention strategy could account for all these variables?
It’s been 18 months, so I figure it’s okay to repost Shift’s fab diagram from this post:
I’ve not given up my weight loss efforts, but I do think those folks who think that the answer to obesity is “simply” a change in diet may want to consider that that may not be enough.
HT Dr. Mike Eades (via Twitter).