GPs advised to send people to Weightwatchers

Its been published recently that GPs are being advised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) to prescribe ‘Weightwatchers’ courses to their obese patients. Where on earth is the evidence to support this? In my opinion, this is a huge mistake. We’re going to pay for people to go to weightwatchers and get them counting points, calories or some other arbitrary figure and eating what? Probably weightwatchers branded processed food. There are many issues with this. How often does weightwatchers achieve long lasting results? Does it serve the long-term health of the individual? (Zoe Harcombe discusses the issues with calorie-restricted diets in this article). In my view, the weightwatchers business model thrives on failure. If people gain some results but then later regain weight this is perfect for business. It ensures a self-sustaining model.

How many diets do you know where there isn’t some kind of product for sale? Remember real food does not have a label! Weightwatchers products are labelled up with the number of points and as such, this enables the consumer to manage their total points much easier than by using non-weightwatchers products. How can this be right when points can be used on garbage?

The system focuses too much on counting and tracking. This plays perfectly into buying more products, such as apps and other tracking devices to help you do this and so fully immersing yourself into the system.

How can this be sustainable for the benefit of the consumer? Are you expected to live this life forever? Is a diet such as this just to get you to a reasonable weight and then you should eat a healthy balanced diet? Why not just eat right in the first place?

Let’s not even get into the argument of whether this food is even the best choice for your health, see post Just Eat Real Food and you may decide it’s not!

The NHS should be paying for health education. We have one set of food manufacturers slowly killing us with their processed garbage and then we’re subsidising diet companies to sell their processed garbage! What a perfect health-destroying cycle. We are paying for it in more ways than one!

Once again, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, focus less on how much food you eat and more on what you eat. JUST EAT REAL FOOD, please!

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