Science Sound Bite: Would You Rather Be Obese or Blind?

Why do we need a smarter science of slim? Dr. Colleen Rand, an obesity researcher at the University of Florida, provides a compelling reason. Dr. Rand asked 47 formerly obese men and women whether they would rather be obese again or have a leg amputated or be blind. Ninety-one percent said they would rather have a leg amputated. Eighty-nine percent would rather be blind. One patient said: “When you’re blind, people want to help you. No one wants to help you when you’re fat.”

I am confident that access to the last forty years of metabolic research can empower us to stop doing the same things over and over again, expecting different results. We can live differently. We can live smarter. And we can experience something profoundly better than short-term weight loss. We can experience long-term fat loss and robust heath. We can live a smarter science of slim.

Jonathan Bailor!/jonathanbailor
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PS The free ebook Smarter Success digs into this topic much more deeply.


4 replies
  1. JoAnn
    JoAnn says:

    How very sad to think that someone would rather be blind than obese, but it does speak to the desperation so many feel. Of course it is completely understandable when so many work so hard and yet are unsuccessful in their weight loss efforts. Why? Because there is such an abundance of misinformation and it overwhelms the truth. I just watched a debate about the epidemic of obesity. A study was discussed that showed that working out at least an hour a day helped the participants maintain their weight or only slightly gain. That’s just depressing.

    I am finally at a point where I will no longer work at something that does not deliver results. I also won’t blame my self if a program doesn’t work. If I am consistently following the “rules” of a program and I’m not seeing results, I now know the program is flawed. I just wish it hadn’t taken me this long to expect more for myself. I appreciate your efforts to get good information out.

    • Jonathan
      Jonathan says:

      Very well stated and thank you for your support JoAnn. Building off of your point, I love this comment from Dr. Jensen at the University of California: “In other fields, when bridges do not stand, when aircraft do not fly, when machines do not work, when treatments do not cure, despite all conscientious efforts on the part of many persons to make them do so, one begins to question the basic assumptions, principles, theories, and hypotheses that guide one’s efforts.” – Jonathan Bailor

  2. Phil
    Phil says:

    Sad indeed. It’s also sad that our government and the food industry has caused this obesity problem. Sadder still, is the fact that it may take decades to dispel all the myths that have been ingrained in to us over the last few decades. Every journey starts with a single step, and with the help of books like, The Smarter Science of Slim, at least we are heading in the right direction ;)

    • Jonathan
      Jonathan says:

      Thank you so much Phil! Please also know that your help spreading this smarter science is very much appreciated. – Jonathan Bailor

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