Dieting is America’s Most Dangerous New Year’s Resolution

Eating Recovery Center explains why dieting can lead to trouble

Online PR News – 17-December-2009 – – Denver, CO – Dieting is America’s most popular – and most dangerous – New Year’s resolution. A customer poll by time management firm Franklin Covey showed that losing weight was among the top three resolutions made in both 2008 and 2009. For some people, this seemingly harmless activity can trigger an eating disorder, according to Eating Recovery Center (, a licensed and Joint Commission accredited behavioral hospital providing comprehensive treatment and sustainable recovery for eating disorders.

“Genes load the gun; life pulls the trigger,” said Dr. Kenneth L. Weiner, co-founder and medical director of Eating Recovery Center. “For certain at-risk populations, life changes such as dieting can trigger dangerous behaviors and this common resolution can quickly become detrimental.”

Though Eating Recovery Center encourages everyone to refrain from dieting, individuals who fall into the following categories are at a higher risk of developing an eating disorder:

• Individuals with a family history of eating disorders

• Individuals with or recovering from substance abuse issues

• Individuals with body image issues

• Individuals with previous eating disorders or disordered eating behavior

“Ninety-five percent of diets fail. Lifestyle changes have a significantly higher success rate,” explains Weiner. “Instead of resolving to diet in 2010, focus on living a balanced lifestyle complete with moderate exercise and well-balanced meals.”

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About Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center, situated at the foot of the Rockies in beautiful downtown Denver, Colorado, provides individuals 17 and older sustainable recovery from eating disorders in a warm, nurturing environment. Our comprehensive program offers patients from across the country a continuum of care that includes inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient services in a licensed and Joint Commission accredited behavioral hospital setting. Our compassionate team of professionals collaborates with treating professionals and loved ones to cultivate lasting behavioral change. For more information, please call 877-218-1344, e-mail or chat with us confidentially at