Fitness Not Fatness More Important to Health (cont.)

And for heaven's sake, Campos says passionately, let us end what he calls our neurotic obsession with weight loss.

"If you got this nation to stop obsessing about weight, stop dieting, stop paying attention to BMI or these ridiculous definitions, people would be healthier, happier, and weigh less," he says. "Stop chasing this thing you are not going to catch. People say, 'If only I could be the same weight I was when I started dieting. People notice that when they diet they gain weight. The cure is right in front of our faces. ... The way to win is to stop fighting."

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