Physician discusses importance of eating for health, not to lose weight

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Dean Ornish, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, writes that diet matters more than diets matter. He says, for example, that “perhaps the biggest misconception is that as long as you lose weight, it doesn’t matter what you eat. But it does.”

e gives examples – many of them counter-intuitive – and cites a range of studies to support his point, ending with a public-policy prescription aimed at reducing the “$2.8 trillion in annual healthcare costs in the United States … from chronic diseases that can often be reversed or prevented altogether by a healthy lifestyle.”

He says funds and efforts should go toward “helping people make better food and exercise choices.”

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