Diet and Weight

While nobody doubts that gluttony is a key factor in the nation’s obesity epidemic, a new study offers a useful reminder that the link between diet and weight is not a rigid absolute. As described in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, the study tracked 700 women during a 12-year period. Among those who ate a Heart Healthy diet (high in fruits, vegetables and lean foods, lower in fat), most didn’t become heavy—but 24 percent did. Among women whose diet was termed High Fat and Empty Calorie, incidence of overweight was much higher, at 41 percent. But that still means a majority of these imprudent eaters didn’t become overweight. One caveat: Women in the bad-diet cohort were younger and more likely to smoke than the norm, which may help explain why even more of them didn’t become overweight during the research.