Is it true that walking just 20 minutes a day can lead to weight loss long-term? Are you at greater risk of regaining weight if you lose a large amount quickly? If you skip breakfast, will it make you fat? And what about those physical education classes at your child’s school? Do they really help kids lose weight?
Researchers at the University of Alabama and other institutions looked at those common questions by evaluating 40 studies on weight loss. They found seven “myths,” which they explain as “[holding] true despite substantial evidence refuting them.” One example of a myth is that breastfeeding helps prevent obesity in children. (more…)