Weight Loss: Pot of gold at the end of a rainbow?

DR ANASTASIA BOULAIS

MBBS (University of Sydney), BMEDSC

Any discussion about health and well-being, whether at your doctor’s office, office tearoom or over a coffee with friends, inevitably focuses on weight loss. As a society, we are preoccupied with our relationship with gravity and we often judge our health, social success and overall happiness against that marker. The recent rebirth of the ancestral health movement is no exception, with many people attempting to apply evolutionary biology principles for the sole purpose of getting thinner. However, as we will hear, weight loss is a foreign concept in most ancestral cultures and modern indigenous populations. Concentrating our individual and public health efforts on pursuing this red herring makes us lose focus on the truly vital markers of well-being.