The current media focus on losing weight is more a moral issue than a health issue, say historians who study the issue of obesity. Today's obsession with fatness isn't even strongly rooted in science, says one expert, adding "there is no good evidence that significant long-term weight loss is beneficial to health, and a great deal of evidence that short-term weight loss followed by weight regain [the pattern followed by almost all dieters] is medically harmful."

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