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Response to snooper2 (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 3, 2013, 07:18 PM

48. Switching to a traditional diet results in an utterly trivial level of weight loss

Complicating the task for health officials and policy proponents is the common attitude among Pacific Islanders that obesity traditionally has been a sign of high social position and wealth (Ringrose and Zimmet, 979, p. 1340).


Guess what? If you weigh 300 lbs and lose 15 pounds, YOU ARE STILL FAT!

Native Hawaiians were fed a diet exclusively made up of foods available in Hawaii before Western contact. Such a diet was determined to be both low in fat and calories, compared with the Western diet most Hawaiians consume. The participants were encouraged to eat as much as they liked and unlimited quantities were made available. Weight loss was dramatic. In just three weeks, the average weight loss was 3.5 pounds or 6.4% of total weight (Shintani et al., 1991). Adherence to the diet was excellent and this was attributed to a sense of cultural pride that developed among the participants during the program (Shintani, et al., 1991). A long-term follow-up to the Waianae Diet Program (i.e. “Hawaii Diet”) was conducted in 1999. The follow-up period ranged from 12 months to 90 months. The average weight loss was found to be 15.1 pounds, maintained over a period of 7.5 years (Shintani, Beckham, Tang, Kanawaliwali O’Connor and Hughes, 1999), suggesting that this program approach may have long-lasting effects.


Traditional diets for Polynesians result in better health, but not significant weight loss.

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