Almost everywhere we look these days–the television, newspapers and magazines, even advertisements—we are being reminded about the obesity epidemic in this country. While awareness about this issue is important, it does seem that our culture now equates thinness with health. This article in the New York Times by Dean Ornish (a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and the founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute) speaks to the medical research that proves that a healthful diet, not weight, is the best indicator of health.

“Perhaps the biggest misconception is that as long as you lose weight, it doesn’t matter what you eat. But it does. Yet being thin and being healthy are not at all the same thing. Being overweight is not necessarily linked with disease or premature death. What you eat affects which diseases you may develop, regardless of whether you’re thin or fat. Some diets that may help you lose weight may be harmful to your health over time.”

Seems like such an obvious statement, but this is not the way we have been trained to think in this country.

Read the full article here.