A recent article in the New York Times featured an applied mathmaticians take on obesity. It’s quite interesting and worth a read.
Here are a few lines from the interview: (or just check out the whole thing at nytimes.com—A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity)
- The fatter you get, the easier it is to put on weight.
- Huge variations in your daily food intake will not cause variations in
- weight, as long as your average food intake over a year is about the same. This is because
- a person’s body will respond slowly to the food intake.
- The [obesity] epidemic was caused by the overproduction of food in the United States.
- There’s no magic bullet on this. You simply have to cut calories and be vigilant for the rest of your life.
That’s right. There is no magic bullet. Everyone wants to think there is some easy way out. The way out is eternal vigilance. That’s the price of freedom.