The truth is that most people with high blood pressure can completely eliminate it by reducing weight so that their BMI is below 25. However, while this may be mentioned it is seldom strongly emphasized in our current medical system. Actually doctors are often afraid to mention weight loss it because it angers patients. Rather it is the path of least resistance to take and prescribe medicine, as it is for diabetes and high cholesterol. The myth is that lifestyle can be ignored, obesity can be ignored and health restored with a pill, or insulin. The result has been a new category - “living sick” - with more and more Americans living unhealthily within it, and almost everyone being medicated.