As a fitness author and instructor allow my opinion that competent journalism might compel the writers/film makers of this New York Times piece of May 2, 2016 to balance their story just a tad by spending as much time and effort highlighting those who did NOT revert to their former ways. The Times' sympathy and bias are all too blatant.
No one here, neither writers nor commenters, address the truth: it requires cramming a gargantuan amount of food down one’s gullet to achieve such an astonishing and destructive weight gain as 100 pounds and more. Metabolism my foot!
The core issue is the uncontrolled eating that none of these people admit to (notice how she distracts by carefully weighing her seeds/nuts; I challenge the film makers to return on a surprise visit and open their cupboard to reveal shelves of snack foods), because, it’s all the fault of their bad metabolism! The former excuse of “thyroid problems” from back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, once accepted as fact, has now been laid to rest in favor of a metabolism disorder justification. What a bunch of ongoing denial BS.
No one is THIS hungry. This is compulsion in a tailspin. These people went right back to their former ways, the ways that led to their gross obesity in the first place. And my using the term “gross obesity” is not a judgement — it’s a literal, medical fact.