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From: Ross Olson <ross{at}>
Sent: Tuesday, December 31, 2013
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Obesity and Regulation

In “five Myths About Obesity” (12/31/2013) Deborah Cohen discredits five doomed strategies proposed
to end the epidemic but misses one with promise that has gotten a sliver of light recently. Nuts are
correlated with weight reduction because the fat content induces a sense of satiety. This "fat = full-feeling"
has actually been known for decades but was submerged in the overreaction that accompanied
dietary fat reduction aimed at lowering cholesterol. People ate less fat, still felt hungry and ate more
calories of carbohydrate. And it all actually resulted from the kind of solution the author proposes -
regulation (government sanctioned dietary guidelines) that fueled the misadventure.

Ross S. Olson MD

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