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I agree with some of this, disagree with some of it. For one thing, she ignores insulin physiology. For another, she ignores menopause. She is right that losing weight is difficult given all of the abundant and cheap carbs available to everybody, and she is surely correct that people without weight issues are those who hear an internal signal that says "That's enough."
In the end, though, carb "addiction" is the main challenge for anyone who is overweight.
This TED person who claims to be a scientist explains at the end that of her talk
Diets depend on willpower, which could be used for something else, like helping your kid with homework; and that "because willpower is limited, any strategy that relies on its consistent application will fail you when you move on to something else..."
Is she nuts? Is there a pump for willpower at the gas station? In what universe is "willpower limited?" Where did she get this idea? Is that what they teach in schools? We are doomed.
Maybe. Your weight is a combination of your genetics and your enviornment. So I guess it might in fact be true that if you are overweight and it is a genetic problem that indeed "carbs" are your problem. Not the cause of your weight problem but the only solution left. If on the other hand you are genitically predisposed to be thin or "normal" weight carbs are not a problem at all and youcan pretty much eat whatever you like. So is it really the carbs? And if it was menopause wouldn't every women who reached and passed menopause be overweight? What if it was genetic and for those with this genetic marker menopause caused it to "kick in"? Just as those without this genetic predisposition don't suddenly gain weight after menopause. How does anyone reach age 70 and has never been overweight and yet eats eveything in sight including fatty, high carb snacks every nght? Does this mean that fat and carbs don't make us overweight or is it in fact true that people are different? And I mean different right out of the womb not simply brought up different or live in a different country. Is it, after all, more important who your parents are then "the abundant and cheap carbs available to everybody"?