Why diets fail? A role for Eatology as a disruptive weight loss methodology

Short Communication

Samra Abouchacra


Obesity has become a global epidemic, which is rapidly spreading at phenomenal rates. The gravity of this “Globesity” epidemic goes beyond sheer numbers, as it is directly linked to numerous diseases that pose serious health risks and are responsible for escalating health care expenditures. Obesity is the single most important contributor to development of type 2 diabetes along with other metabolic disorders, all of which individually increase cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Though the solution seems straightforward with weight reduction being the best cure, however, achieving and maintaining weight loss is extremely challenging. Diets have disappointingly had limited short term benefits with lack of sustainability and even rebound weight gain. In addition to their restrictive nature, there are even more complex personal behaviour and social factors affecting food ingestion that current day “diets” do not address. This lecture will highlight these shortcomings and explore dietary behaviour patterns promoting weight gain that may be critical in sabotaging weight loss efforts. Our GERG research group has undertaken a number of research initiatives including a multicentre survey aimed at understanding eating habits in overweight and obese individuals in our region. The published data will be shared for interactive discussion. Furthermore, a recently published novel eating behaviour modification concept called “Eat-ology” will be introduced. This intervention empowers individuals to identify their own specific “Eating Errors” and imparts techniques to convert them into “Eating Essentials.” In this way, Eat-ology not only circumvents many of the shortfalls of today’s “diets,” but through non-restrictive, simple and practical principles it may enable the transformation of one’s “way of eating” to support weight loss and its long-term maintenancel.

Relevant Publications in Archives in Food and Nutrition