During his trip to Lebanon, Minister Dion announced significant support for enhanced security and stabilization in Lebanon and measures that will help women and girls’ empowerment and reduce the spread of violence, crime and youth extremism in Lebanon.
Cougars’ fear of humans forces them to kill more deer.
This hearing is being held as part of the process to study the licence renewal applications of television service providers.
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan today issued the following statement on expanded job protection training leave for Canadian military reserve forces in British Columbia.
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, will make an official visit to Canada on June 8 and 9, 2016. On June 8, Minister Dion will meet High Representative Mogherini for the first Transatlantic Dialogue conference since 2012. On June 9, High Representative Mogherini will meet with the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees, and the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, as well as with members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.
Parks Canada Surf Guards hit the waves in the annual Surf Guard competition
The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced a FedNor investment of $20,500 to help …
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, has convened a federal/provincial/territorial meeting of ministers responsible for public infrastructure to discuss Canadian infrastructure priorities. Representatives from the F…
Western Economic Diversification Canada’s 150 Community Infrastructure Program and Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Fund and Canada Cultural Spaces Fund invests in 21 projects that celebrate our communities and shared heritage.
On October 20, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will meet with students from FACE School, a one-of-a-kind institution that puts a strong emphasis on the arts.
St. John’s, NL — On behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Seamus O’Regan, Member of Parliament for St. John’s South – Mount Pearl, will announce investments for harbourside improvements at the Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Headquarters base in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Polar Knowledge Canada — NASA northern research collaboration
You Are Not What You Think: The Egoless Path to Self-Esteem and Generous Love is the exact book that I needed to cross my path in this particular stage in my life. I’m going through a great deal of “self work” and unraveling some habits and thought processes to fully see how I operate in […]
Successful completion of treaty and self-government negotiations is key to advancing reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Canada and are an important path to improving the quality of life and self-sufficiency.
The strategy behind the fastest punch in the animal kingdom
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today issued the following statement regarding the presidential election in Ghana
Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament for West Nova, spoke earlier today with a group of 50 international students at the program launch of Stay in Nova Scotia.
The 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2 CRPG) is officially launching Exercise AQIKGIK today with a ceremony at the Royal Military College in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This exercise, consisting of a snowmobile expedition to Indigenous communities in Northern Quebec and on the Lower North Shore, is in honour of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Rangers and will take place from January 27 to March 17, 2017.
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade, will travel to Shanghai, China, from July 6 to 9, 2016, to take part in the G20 Trade Ministers Meeting.
I would like to begin by acknowledging that the land we are on is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee (HO-Dehn-Oh-show-knee), the Métis, and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
Today, the Government of Canada introduced new Cribs, Cradles and Bassinets Regulations (CCBR) to improve the safety of these products for infants and young children.
Government of Canada’s Plan for a Strong Middle Class Brings Real Change to Edmonton
I love working with food, but one of my other passions is home decor, so I hope you’ll humour me with this post! I’ve caught the decor bug in recent years, and I just love every stage of putting a room together. The only problem is that I don’t have much time for home decor […]
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The vast majority of my students – I’m talking nine out of ten, in every single class, for seven consecutive years – they have no idea that slavery existed anywhere in the world before the United States. Moses, Pharaoh, they know none of it. They’re 100% convinced that slavery is a uniquely American invention… How […]
The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class. Today’s $24.98-million inve…
Frima Studio and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) are announcing today the release of the mobile geolocation game Where’s Monsieur Pug?, available for free on the App Store and Google Play Store (iOS and Android). Where’s Monsieur Pug? is a wack…
A few weeks ago I tweeted about a patient of mine who is maintaining a 19% weight loss for 2 years, and who attributes her success to keeping a food diary and tracking calories, as well as to including protein with every meal and snack.
The point of my tweet was a simple pushback to those who want to claim that calories don’t count or that counting can’t help (like The Economist for instance whose recent article entitled Death of the calorie was the main reason I bothered to tweet), and those who claim that the only way to lose weight is their way (these days that’s usually either #keto or #lchf).
A great many folks weighed in with their success stories, and some pointed to the National Weight Control Registry (where their over 10,000 registrants have kept off an average of 70lbs for 5.5 years). Others though weren’t having it.
Instead they asserted that 95% of diets fail, that the weight loss industry was predatory (much of it is, no argument there), and called people who have succeeded “unicorns“.
Unicorns. Not people. Mythical creatures.
And the implication of course is clear. Sustained weight loss is impossible. Those who succeed aren’t human, or to succeed they employ superhuman efforts, sometimes even described as disordered eating and/or that those who succeed must be miserable. Consequently, trying is futile and those offering help (like me, as to be clear I am the medical director of a behavioural weight management centre) are unethical, and are motivated by greed (despite the obvious irony that those championing non-weight loss programs are targeting the very same population of people and regularly charge a great deal of money for their services).
But boy, there sure are a heck of a lot of unicorns roaming around for something that supposedly fails 95% of the time. Putting aside the anecdotal facts that we all know people who have maintained weight losses as well as my own office based experiences this 2010 systematic review found that one year later 30% of participants had a weight loss ≥10%, 25% between 5% and 9.9%, and 40% ≤4.9%. In the LOOK AHEAD study, 8 years later, 50.3% of the intensive lifestyle intervention group and 35.7% of the usual care group were maintaining losses of ≥5%, while 26.9% of the intensive group and 17.2% of the usual care group were maintaining losses of ≥10%. And in the recent year long DIETFITS study the average weight loss of all participants was > 5%, with over 25% of participants losing more than 10% of their weights.
|The Examine.com waterfall plots of the DIETFITS data|
(And for an interesting thought experiment, have a peek at this thread from Kevin Bass that argues that even if the 95% failure number were true, those outcomes would be worlds better than the vast majority of medical treatments currently being offered for other chronic diseases)
So where does this 95% number come from? Certainly I could imagine it to be true if the goalpost for successful weight loss was total weight loss and reaching a so-called “healthy” or “normal” BMI. But that would be as useful a goalpost as qualifying for the Boston Marathon would be for running whereby the vast majority of marathoners won’t ever run fast enough to qualify to run Boston. Does that mean non-qualifiers should be discouraged from running and told that running is impossible? It’s also important to contextualize failures. If the methods being undertaken to lose weight are misery inducing overly restrictive diets, it’s not people who are failing to sustain them, it’s that their diets are failing to help them (which, with full disclosure, is the premise of my book The Diet Fix).
As far as what needs championing, it’s certainly not failure. Given the medical benefits of weight loss, as well as the real impact weight often has on quality of life (especially at its extremes), what we need to collectively champion are the embrace of a plurality of treatments (including ethical behavioural and surgical weight management programs and greater access to them), along with more effective medications. What can simultaneously be championed is the removal of blame from the discussion of weight, fighting weight bias and stigma, recognizing that a person need not have a so-called “healthy” or “normal” BMI, that scales don’t measure the presence or absence of health nor measure lifestyles, respecting people rights to have zero interest in losing weight or changing their lifestyles, that there is value to changing behaviours around food and fitness regardless of whether weight is lost as a consequence, and acknowledging that intentionally changing lifestyle in the name of health reflects a tremendous degree of privilege that many people simply don’t possess.
Given the evidence maybe we can stop with the unhelpful, dehumanizing, and misleading unicorn talk, and while we’re at it, stop telling everyone that failure is a foregone conclusion.
Residents of the Sarnia-Lambton region will benefit from more jobs for the middle class – and those working hard to join it – as a result of a $12-million investment to support the sustainable chemistry and bio-based industrial sector.
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As part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to provide support for our allies and partners, today, the first group of Canadian Army soldiers from 3rd Canadian Division departed for Operation REASSURANCE based in Poland.
The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will make an important funding announcement regarding refugees in the Middle East, particularly women and children.
The Government of Canada values the role of post-secondary institutions as they help equip young Canadians with the education and training they need for future careers that will help them join a strong, healthy middle class.
If the commenters can find “JOOOOZ!” in their breakfast cereal (as Jim Goad has put it) then I shouldn’t get my hopes to high this week, or any. I do expect there will be more than the usual number of those peculiar fellows who are still convinced, like alt-universe barroom boors, that bragging about how […]
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday concluded a successful visit to Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
Event date: November 3, 2016 – The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, will deliver a keynote address at the 2016 Ontario Economic Summit.
Members of the media are invited to attend an event where Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsib…
The unique CX-6 SMART Seeder, an advanced no-till seeding system, will be further developed and commercialized with assistance from the Government of Canada’s investment of $425,000.
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Eco…
Members of the media are invited to take photos and record B-roll at a demonstration of roadside screening devices for drug-impaired driving that will be pilot-tested. The results will help inform how police services counter drug-impaired driving in Ca…