Dieting Doesn’t Work!

It’s obvious that dieting doesn’t work. 

Why do I say that? 

Let me give you some stats (not always the most exciting to read, for sure, but in this case, I think you’ll be blown away!) (Numbers in parentheses correspond to references below the stats)

More people are dieting: (4)

                     45% of men diet- in 2002, 10%

                     61% of women diet- in 2002, 23%

More often: The number of dieting attempts per year increased from 2.5 in 2004 to 4

in 2007.(5)

3. For Longer Periods:

                    The average time on a diet is 10 weeks. (1)

                    The average dieting woman spends 6.4 months a year on a diet. (2)

                    The typical dieter starts at age 20 and continues until age 60+.(1)

                     The typical US woman dieter spends at least 21 YEARS of her life dieting!

1. GLGi: (NYC) The US Diet Market Outlook—2008 and Beyond. Gerson Lehman Group. March 2008.

2. Online Dieter Research Report. 4th Quarter 2007. Marketdata Enterprises, Inc. January 2008.

4. Weight Control Products. Mintel Reports. March 2007.

5. National Consumer Survey. Calorie Control Council. August 2007.


So the result of all this dieting is that at least 2/3 of us are overweight, AND almost 1/3 are obese (BMI of 30+)! 

So I say again, dieting doesn’t work!

But are the statistics about dieting true in your own experience? Think of your immediate family- mom, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandparents, cousins. What are the dieting patterns?  

Where do you fit into all this? 

Let me know. Post your comment! I’d love to hear from you.


2 Responses to “Dieting Doesn’t Work!”

  1. 1 Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC December 28, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Thank you for this window into the truth about dieting! As Dr. Christianne Northrup says, “Diet is a Four-Letter Word.”! Research shows that people who diet almost always gain back all of the weight they lost, plus more. Food and body image issues are much more about our hearts and our stories than they are about calories and fat grams. In other words, until we have the courage to look into our stories and find out when and why the self-medication with food began, we will continue to try to eat away our pain. I am a licensed mental health counselor and am writing a book and blog about how to face the body image bandit and win. Let me know what you think! Thanks, Cherrie

    • 2 maridezago January 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

      Thanks so much for you comments! I totally agree. I read some of what you wrote and it was great. I assist people with weight/fat loss, and even lifestyle changes can be effective, but if the emotional/head/heart issues are not dealt with, the person will inevitably be looking for another ‘magic bullet’ sooner rather than later.

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