Dr Oz & Dr Glenn Gaesser: The Doctor Who Says Everything Dr Oz Believes About Weight Loss Is Wrong
Dr. Glenn Gaesser, PhD, the director of the Health Lifestyle Resource Center in Arizona, has authored 2 books on being healthy. Dr. Gaesser believed that there was not an epidemic of obesity in America. He also believed that there were no immediate health risks to being fat and that being overweight had no harmful affect on the heart and your health. Dr. Gaesser felt so strongly about his beliefs he posted a video on youtube rebutting Dr Oz and his methods. According to Dr. Gaesser, it was a myth that being overweight in America today meant you were going to die sooner. Weight was a poor indicator of overall health.
Dr Oz & Dr Gaesser
According to Dr. Gaesser, the major issue was that we’ve viewed weight as a predictor of health, but it is fitness that is more important than being thin when predicting health. Dr. Gaesser told Dr Oz that there had been data published in the 1990s to back up his claims. In fact, Dr. Gaesser used this data to publish his book in 1996.
Dr Oz: Obesity Epidemic
1. According to Dr. Gaesser, obesity is NOT an epidemic, rather it is the obesity crisis that is making Americans obese. Dr. Gaesser stated that body weight has risen from 1980 to 2000. Since that time, for the last 10 years, body weight increase has leveled off. The focus should not be on the weight but on HOW people have gotten so big.
Dr Oz stated the CDC (Center for Disease Control) had the numbers that showed that the number of overweight people was leveling off. Dr Oz agreed, but only because those same overweight people had crossed into the obese category. The numbers showed that obesity was rising and if that number increased by only 1 percent, that was still 1 million people and in Dr Oz’s opinion, too many. Dr Oz also reminded Dr. Gaesser that the CDC stats showed that 2/3 of Americans are overweight.
Dr. Gaesser stated flat out that the stats were wrong. He believed that we had an epidemic of physical inactivity, which led to weight gain. The weight was simply telling us something about our lifestyles. Lifestyle—not weight—was the critical factor. Every single weight related health problem (diabetes, glucose, lipids, etc…) could be improved with exercise and diet—even if the person does not lose weight. Dr Oz found this statement to be shocking.
Dr Oz asked Dr. Gaesser why yo-yo dieting was such a big issue. Dr. Gaesser stated that yo-yo dieting was associated with many health problems, such as increased inflammation markers and cardiovascular disease. According to Dr. Gaesser, it was the cycling of the weight that was killing us and not the actual weight. The key predictor of weight gain is yo-yoing. He believed that if you wanted to make Americans fatter, “put ‘em on a diet.”
Dr Oz gave a yo-yo dieting example. He blew up a red balloon and then deflated it. He blew it back up and then deflated it again. What ended up happening was that you lose muscle and not much fat. This in turn, hurt the gallbladder and other vital organs. Dr Oz and Dr Gaesser agreed that yo-yoing was part of the problem. (Finally, something to agree upon.)
Dr Oz: Carbs Debate
2. Carbs were not the root of evil, according to Dr. Gaesser. Dr Oz Fans know that Dr Oz was not a big fan of refined carbohydrates, however, Dr. Gaesser disagreed, stating that carbs did not make us fat. He stated that as carb intake went up, body weight went down. (Dr Oz emphatically disagreed with this point.) According to Dr. Gaesser, simple carb s weren’t bad at all, however he did believe the best carbs were rich in fiber. Dr. Gaesser stated that sugar was vilified. Previous studies had shown that as people consumed more sugar, the body weigh went down. Dr Oz didn’t believe it. (Not sure I do either. How about you?)
Dr. Gaesser went on to state that there were benefits to being obese. (I know, I know, I almost passed out with this comment too!) Dr. Gaesser believed that just because a person was obese, it didn’t mean you’re at health risks. Then Dr. Gaesser stated that the amount of plaque in your body was not related to your weight. Dr Oz was flabbergasted.
Dr Oz showed Dr. Gaesser a normal aorta. Then, he showed one that was scarred. (hypertension, diabetes etc…). Dr Oz compared the two and asked Dr Gaesser why he didn’t believe the issues in the unhealthy aorta were related to plaque. Dr. Gaesser stated that you can fix the problem of the aorta without losing a lot of weight. In other words, according to Dr. Gaesser, you could still be 250 lbs, but by eating the right things, you can get healthier. Dr. Gaesser felt that in 2 weeks time, you could get better and off medication by eating better but that didn’t necessarily mean you needed to lose weight. You may drop a few pounds and still be overweight and obese, but by eating healthy food, you will have fixed the internal health issues. Dr Gaesser felt that regardless of weight, good health was within your grasp in a matter of a few weeks.
Dr Oz: Exercise Makes You Fat?
3. Dr Oz believed that exercise is key in weight loss. Dr. Gaesser stated that exercise led to weight gain. (Couch potatoes of the world just breathed a sigh of relief!) Dr Oz was outraged that Dr. Gaesser would send out this message to the public. Dr. Gaesser stated that while many won’t tell you, exercise does NOT help you lose weight, however, it is excellent to maintain weight loss.
Dr Oz challenged Dr. Gaesser to run up and down the studio steps as fast as he could. When finished, Dr. Gaesser stated that it was easy. Dr Oz then placed an 80 lb vest on Dr. Gaesser and told him to do the same thing again. When he finished, Dr. Gaesser admitted that it was a challenge. Dr Oz was most concerned that Dr. Gaesser was giving out a message to an already confused audience. (Myself included.) Dr. Gaesser stated that he wasn’t trying to do confuse people, instead, the bottom line was how easy was it to get a fat person to lose weight and keep it off?