Two articles, which I came across last week, have interesting connections and both undermine the calorie theory. The first wasn’t widely reported, but the Daily Mail covered it with the headline “Pregnant? DON'T eat for two! Overeating 'changes the digestive system making it hard to shift your baby weight'”. The study was undertaken by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and their press release is here.
The second was recently circulated on twitter, but turned out to be a study from August 2014: “Eating two larger meals a day (breakfast and lunch) is more effective than six smaller meals in a reduced-energy regimen for patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomised crossover study”.
The pregnancy study
We’re returning to a story from just over a week ago. On Friday 17th July, the papers were running the depressing news that “The vast majority of people who pile on the pounds never lose them in the long run”. BBC Health reported that there was a “’Slim chance’ of returning to normal weight”.
The headlines were based on a study led by Dr Alison Fildes, King’s College London. It was published in the American Journal of Public Health and it had the simple aim of looking at the probability of an obese person attaining normal weight.
The researchers took a sample of adults (20 years and older), from a UK database, between 2004 and 2014. They analysed data for 76,704 obese men and 99,791 obese women. They excluded anyone who received bariatric surgery ...