For the most part, paleo leaders argue for a different approach to overweight and obesity. Whereas conventional health wisdom (CW) focuses on simply losing weight, the AH community tends to argue the following:
- Overweight (including obesity) represents a poor state of health, meriting
- A holistic treatment to restore patients' health
Instead of fad diets, overweight individuals should adopt diets that restore health. The focus becomes bodily rejuvenation as opposed to just weight loss. Fasting, elimination of the neolithic agents of disease (sugar, white flour, food additives, and industrial veg oils), and intense bursts of exercise are the most commonly-cited methods for reducing weight and restoring health.
See Stephan Guyenet's thoughts on obesity here, here, and how to combat it here.
For Chris Kresser's take on the causes and cures of obesity, click here to see his blog series on 'Perfect Health.' Then read his piece on 'diabesity.'
Click here to see what the Jaminets have to say about overweight/obesity.