Wired Magazine on Obesity

No the high tech bible hasn’t wigged out and jumped into the weight loss arena.

But, in the July 2011 issue, the cover story discusses The Mental Machine. As you can see from the illustration the cover art is a cool high tech version of the human brain. All cogs and gears. In case you can’t read it, the subhead says, “Our brains and our behavior are driven by feedback loops. Harness their power and change your life.” Thomas Goetz wrote the cover piece about feedback loops.

What is a feedback loop? Good question. You know that highway sign that shows the speed limit and underneath it displays how fast you are going. That’s a feedback loop.

The Wired article said that as radar technology dropped in price, those ‘Your Speed’ signs have proliferated with widespread success. Traffic engineers and safety experts think the signs are more effective than a cop with a radar gun at changing driver habits. Speeds where the signs are exhibited decline by about 10 per cent on average and the effect lasts for miles.

What does speeders slowing down have to do with obesity? Well, the article concludes: “At first glance 10 per cent may not seem like a lot. After all, if you’re 250 pounds and obese, losing 25 pounds is a start, but your BMI is still likely in the red zone. But, it turns out the 10 per cent does matter. A lot. An obese 40-year-old man would spare himself three years of hypertension and nearly two years of diabetes by losing 10 per cent of his body weight.”

In case you didn’t know, obesity is the doorway to hell. You can read more about the medical problems that result from it here.

As I say on my How to Lose Weight (and Keep it Off) page “Change happens on the margin. Small changes over a period of time are more effective than doing a drastic crash diet hoping to fix yourself overnight.”

So, take that first step today and you could be on your way to successful weight maintenance. Pick up the last copy of Wired on your newsstand now. The walk will do you good.


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