63 e-Letters

published between 2015 and 2018

  • since you asked for my opinion
    Rebecca A. Silverstein

    Since the web site clearly asked for my opinion, I felt I wanted to share how disappointed I am with this article.

    This article looks like it is simply a copy of a systematic review / metaanalysis published a full 13 months earlier, in september 2013, meaning that the search was current in March 2012.

    The review was criticized at the time of its original publication for being overly optimistic (see the...

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  • It is time to bust the myth of a catchy title.
    Nathan A Stephens

    Dear Editor,

    It was disappointing to read the recent Editorial by Malhotra et al (1). Whilst the sentiment of the article was perhaps well placed, the desire for a headline grabbing title and catchphrase seems to have taken precedence over clear and honest content. A better title would have been "Three individuals are disgruntled with the marketing campaigns of soft drinks companies", but of course this would...

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  • Response to paper: It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet
    Robert A Mason

    Dear A Malhotra, T Noakes, and S Phinney,

    Please find below my thoughts on your paper.

    Having read your submission thoroughly I have great praise for its contents. The assessment of the food industry and advertisement is a thorough one. The food industry markets and targets in a morally reprehensible way that has no consideration for people's health at all and is a profit driven machine that needs addr...

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  • 12 Reasons why the "Physical Activity Myth" paper should not have been published; Request for retraction or modification based on open external peer-review
    Paul Kelly

    To The Editor,

    We read your recent editorial "It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet" (Br J Sports Med doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094911) with interest. While we agree that discussion about the prevention and treatment of obesity is vital for scientific progress, we feel this article in its current state did not make a positive contribution to ongoing scientific debate....

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  • Inertia makes you hate work-cause or effect?
    Joseph Y Ting

    The most important ingredient for workplace satisfaction is meaningful engagement, which would liven our move and energy. Boredom and scarcity of challenge leads to inertia-mental and physical.

    Engagement enlivens flagging concentration,finds value and purpose in our desired vocation and offers sustained opportunities to sharpen focus on demanding tasks, which in turn boosts productivity and company profits....

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  • LCHF LIfestyle
    anton c kleinschmidt

    I have been on the LCHF lifestyle for about 18 months and have experienced huge improvements to my health. I am no longer obese, my blood pressure has normalised, my lipid and glucose profiles have improved, sleep apnoea has ceased, no more heartburn and energy levels have improved.

    This has all been possible using the guidance contained in the books of the two authors and also gary taubes, robert lustig and nin...

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  • The need to think twice before making a press release
    Francis Quinn

    I write as an academic health psychologist, whose main interest is changing behaviour toward healthier living. A BBC News article entitled "Exercise 'not key to obesity fight'" drew my attention to this editorial.

    On reading the full text, I discovered that the authors were mainly writing about the causes of obesity, rather than about change. No doubt the one controversial statement in the editorial (unsupporte...

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  • Re:Dichotomy in translation raises the need for careful definition in use
    James Steele

    I would like to thank Dr Baxter for her kind words regarding the importance of my manuscript in highlighting the ambiguity in the use of the term intensity in the exercise sciences. I also agree fully that more careful definition might help to clarify the issue of its use. However, I think that better clarification of the definition of the term only further serves to highlight the issues associated with its use.


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  • Response to "Is tendinopathy research at a crossroads?"
    Gareth A. Thomas

    I fully agree with comments made by Masci regarding treatment for tendinopathy. I also practice at the coalface, treating tendon pain from elite to recreational athletes. The reality I face when prescribing exercise protocols is both a lack of evidence base as to the optimum program, and the harsh reality that most non-elite athletes will not strictly comply with complex home exercise programs, particularly where there i...

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  • Dichotomy in translation raises the need for careful definition in use
    Susan V. Baxter

    Clarification on the definition of use of the term 'intensity' as raised by Steele certainly serves to highlight the continuing variation - and confusion - around use of this term. Due to the ambiguity as to whether intensity is a measured load or is synonymous with perceived level of exertion, Steele recommended abandonment of intensity as a descriptive word.

    However it is my belief that the very dichotomy rai...

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