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Goop article telling readers to achieve ‘leanest liveable weight’ condemned – The Independent

Oct 19th, 2019

A geneticist and obesity expert at the University of Cambridge has criticised Gwyneth Paltrows lifestyle brand, Goop, over an article on its website that advises readers to strive towards their leanest liveable weight.

Goops Busting Diet Myths section features an interviewwith Traci Mann, a professor of social and health psychology at the University of Minnesota, in which Mann touts the benefits of aiming towards the lowest end of your set range.

According to Mann, a persons set range is a genetically determined range of weight that your body generally keeps you in, despite your efforts to escape it.

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If your weight is below that range, biological changes due to calorie deprivation happen, and generally push you back into your set range. However, if you stay within your set range - at the lower end of it - you should be able to maintain that weight without your body making those negative changes.

But Dr Giles Yeo, who presents BBCs Trust Me, Im a Doctor, explains that Manns advice is irresponsible because it could be interpreted as suggesting people become as skinny as possible.

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Were still very much a family, even though we dont have a romantic relationship. Hes like my brother.

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Your salary is a way to quantify what youre worth. If men are paid a lot more for doing the same thing, it feels shitty.

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This is a dangerous suggestion, as many people will take it to mean they should be as thin as possible, Yeo told a live audience at an event hosted by New Scientist magazine on Monday.

It is irresponsible because the idea is so open to misinterpretation, especially for young girls susceptible to eating disorders. The problem with many of Goops recommendations is that they are not based on science, but pseudo-science.

Yeo went on to describe Manns concept of calculating your leanest liveable weight as silly because there is no scientific formula way to determine such a figure, something Mann acknowledges in the interview.

It is therefore nigh-on impossible to find a target to stick to," Yeo continued. "People should not be afraid of food, and diet should not have become such a loaded term. Goop is part of the reason that people have become afraid of eating. We need to love our food, just eat less of it.

In response to Yeo's comments, Mann toldThe Daily Mailshe is"strongly and clearly opposed to strict dieting".

In fact, the article is specifically about not dieting,not trying to lose too much weight and not doing anything unhealthy or extreme," Mann added.

The phrase leanest liveable weight refers to the leanest weight you can be without doing any strict dieting or unhealthy behaviour.

Goop has previously been criticised for promoting health treatments on its site without scientific evidence. In September last year, the company agreed to pay a settlement of $145,000 (112,514) after making unscientific claims about the health benefits of vaginal eggs.

The Independent has contacted Goop and Mann for comment.

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Goop article telling readers to achieve 'leanest liveable weight' condemned - The Independent

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