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Monday, June 30, 2008

Experts Fact-Check "McDonald's Diet" Story - Verdict: Crash Diets Often Crash-and-Burn

"Health experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) weighed in today on a weight-loss story in the headlines, warning that the 'McDonald's Diet' adopted by one man is little more than a crash diet, not the kind of behavior change that results in safe, permanent weight loss."
"Experts"? Bull.

How do they know that it will not result in "safe, permanent weight loss" for this guy, Chris Coleson?

Prophets? No.
"But Wally was less enthusiastic about Coleson's chosen method. "Mr. Coleson's weight loss was the result of extreme calorie deprivation. His reported daily intake - between 1200 and 1400 calories - was far below his body's needs."
First, notice how they argue with success.

Second, here are the recommendations of other "experts" (Click on the image to link to the page with the original image. Be sure to see the lower table, too.):

The "experts'" diets are "worse" than Chris's diet.

And we have not seen AICR tackling them.


Oh, yeah. And hypocrites, too.

BTW, I am in agreement that most people should be eating more Calories than the "experts" recommend in order to sustain a diet.

But, I will not argue with "success," unless it proves to be temporary.

Then it is not success in my book.

Obesity Surgery May Reduce Cancer Risk

And another lie.
"Two studies from Canada and Brazil announced at conferences earlier this week suggest that bariatric or weight-loss surgery to control obesity may also cut cancer risk."
It is not the malpractice known as bariatric surgery, it is the weight loss.

You do not need the malpractice to lose the weight.

Or lower your cancer risk.

Laparoscopic Weight-Loss Surgery Improves Health Of Morbidly Obese Teens

No. The malpractice known as bariatric surgery ruins their lives.
"Teenagers' obesity-related medical complications improve just 6 months after laparoscopic gastric banding surgery, a new study found. The preliminary results will be presented at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco."
It is all about shedding the pounds.

The weight loss improves their health.

It has nothing to do with the malpractice of fat person surgery.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Europe-Wide Investment In Lipid Research Will Help Tackle Disease, Says New Report

More reasons why they will not find a medical "cure" for your overfatness.
"Leading scientists are calling for Europe to invest more funds into the study of lipids - the 'fatty' molecules that play a crucial role in the function of human cells and which are implicated in a range of diseases from obesity and diabetes to Alzheimer's.

Common lipids such as cholesterol are known to play an important part in the normal functioning of cells and tissues, but human cells contain thousands of different lipids which are also vital for functions that include storing energy, maintaining the structure of the cell and sending biochemical signals. Scientists are discovering that if the biochemical pathways that regulate the metabolism and transport of these lipids become disturbed, this can result in disease."
"THOUSANDS of different lipids..."

Besides the fact that overweight/obesity are not medical conditions, how long do you think it will take for them to sort through the thousands, figure out what each does, how each interacts, how to "treat" each one "safely," how to do that for each different person since what "works" for one may not work for another, etc.?

How long?

Well long after you are sick from your overweight/obesity and dead, to be sure.

You have to be a complete idiot to expect the sick care system to solve your simple overeating problem.

Surgery Beats Conventional Medical Treatment In Controlling Type 2 Diabetes In Morbidly Obese

The worser of two bads.
"People with type 2 diabetes and morbid obesity who had laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery were significantly better able to get their blood glucose to normal levels than those who were treated with conventional medical treatment including insulin, according to a new study presented here at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)."
Both are malpractice.

Weight loss by caloric restriction is better than either.

It is just impossible to accomplish if you follow the conventional stupidity.

Study Indicates Need For Tailored Nutrition Education For Hispanic Women With Or At Risk Of Diabetes

Study indicates no such thing.
"One-third of Hispanic women with diabetes living in Connecticut have never seen a registered dietitian or diabetes health educator, and nutrition knowledge was limited even among those who had, according to a study in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association...

According to the study, 'The current findings suggest a need for nutrition education interventions in the study population...'"
The "findings suggest" that these women should lose the weight for which there is no need for formal "nutrition education."

The claim for this need comes from the predators in the American Dietetic Association who feel a need to fill their pockets needlessly and likely at our expense via the sick care system.

Just listen to the news gorda.

And stop eating so much, puerca.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Significant Improvement In Asthma And Osteoarthritis After Bariatric Surgery - Most No Longer Require Steroids Within 18 Months

Another lie.
"Most patients with asthma and osteoarthritis were able to stop taking steroids within 18 months of bariatric surgery, according to a new study presented here at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)."
Has nothing to do with the malpractice known as bariatric surgery.

Has all to do with weight loss, which can be done without the malpractice.

Virginia man sheds 80 pounds eating at McDonald's

It is all about fewer Calories in than out.
"A Virginia man lost about 80 pounds in six months by eating nearly every meal at McDonald's."
There are no healthy foods, only healthy eating.

Hormone may help dieters keep weight off: U.S. study

Another way to screw you out of your money and life.
"Falling levels of a hormone called leptin that helps the brain resist tempting foods may explain why people who lose weight often have a hard time keeping it off, U.S. researchers said on Friday.

Restoring leptin to pre-diet levels may reverse this problem, they said, offering a way for weary dieters to finally win the weight battle."Diets fail because they are starvation diets and unsustainable.

'When you lose weight you've created about the perfect storm for regaining weight,' said Michael Rosenbaum of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, whose research appears in the Journal of Clinical Investigation."


It is not the weight loss, it is how you lost the weight (if you lost much weight at all since many failed dieters give up well before they have lost a real amount).

Impossible dieting, i.e., the conventional approach recommended by diet gurus, the sick care industry, AdipOprah, her experts and other IMHO crooks are starvation diets which no one will sustain voluntarily.

More crap research intended to make you dependent on the sick care system.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Weight Gain Within The Normal Range Increases Risk Of Chronic Kidney Disease

When "normal" goes bad.
"Healthy individuals who gain weight, even to a weight still considered normal, are at risk for developing chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study appearing in the September 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN). The study suggests that CKD should be added to the list of conditions that are associated with weight gain, including diabetes and hypertension...

...this study shows that weight gain even within the normal range is significantly associated with an increased risk of developing CKD."
Do you really think they have any idea what "normal" is?

If you want to succeed at fitness, you have to become deaf to the spoutings of the sick care establishment AND the so-called alternative care establishment.

Neither has any idea of what is going on.

However, to its credit, the sick care establishment publishes data proving it is crap (see above), while the alternative care establishment hides the fact.

Weight loss after gastric bypass controls diabetes

It's not the surgery.
"Obesity surgery can cause type 2 diabetes to go into remission, but much depends on how much weight the patient loses within the first few months, a new study suggests."
It's the weight loss.

And for that, there is no need for the malpractice known as obesity surgery.

Maqui Superberry: The Highest Antioxidant Superfruit Is Now Available In The United States!

Superberry is Super-bulls**t!
"Novelle International has launched Maqui Superberry, a breakthrough product in the fast-moving superfruit market! Maqui Superberry liquid supplement has the highest antioxidant value of any known superfruit based liquid supplement; with an ORAC value 4 to 30 times higher than the average Acai, Goji Berry, Pomegranate, Noni and Mangosteen products.

Antioxidants remain the foundation of good health and longevity."
Until you get an antioxidant-caused disease, that is.

Avoid these predators and their supercrap product.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

NPD Finds Fewer Americans Dieting But Eating ''Better For You'' Foods

Why the weight will never come off.
"Eating 'better for you' foods rather than dieting appears to be the weapon of choice against the battle of the bulge, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research firm. NPD reports that the percentage of adults on a diet has decreased by 10 percentage points since 1990, while the percentage of Americans eating healthier has increased."
"Better for you foods" are a con.

In the weight debate, all that matters are Calories.

Spending more to eat Calories from expensive sources, i.e., "better foods," will lead to fat people with a lesser net worth.

And richer corrupt, predatory food companies.

Don't fall for the hype.

AMA Finds High Fructose Syrup Unlikely To Be More Harmful To Health Than Other Caloric Sweeteners

A rare bird. A reasonable conclusion from the AMA.

Face it, the AMA sucks on the matter of overweight/obesity. Somehow they got this right.
"After studying current research, the American Medical Association (AMA) today concluded that high fructose syrup does not appear to contribute more to obesity than other caloric sweeteners, but called for further independent research to be done on the health effects of high fructose syrup and other sweeteners."
It is not the source, it is the Calories.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Researchers Link Memory Loss To Poor Diet

Why not?
"Collaboration between two laboratories at MUSC and one at Arizona State University led researchers to discover that rodents that were fed a diet high in cholesterol and saturated fat displayed impairment in working memory. This memory loss is associated with inflammation in the brain, as well as the impairment of structural proteins that affect how a nerve cell functions. As inflammation is associated with a poor diet, the failure of functions in other key organs such as the eye and the ear also could be expected.

Assuming that the same phenomenon occurs in human beings, the study suggests that as humans age, memory may be preserved and brain functions improved by restricting the consumption of cholesterol and saturated fats. As cases of obesity and obesity-related diseases have increased exponentially in the United States, and are second only to tobacco use for premature mortality and the number of health-care dollars spent, the importance of this issue is immediate."
Many of the personal and public matters that negatively affect quality of life certainly are the consequences of overweight/obesity.

Whether inflammation or other theories about the processes at work is correct, I believe to be unknown.

That overfatness is associated with many problems is guaranteed.

Drop the weight because many things will improve.

Don't believe the speculation as to why.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Rating System For Processed Foods - American Medical Association

Another idiotic approach.
"'Incorporating a simplified rating system to the nutritional label could provide consumers with a better understanding of the product's nutritional value,' said AMA Board Member William Dolan, M.D. 'A rating system may also encourage manufacturers to increase the nutritional value of food in order to achieve a better rating.'"
Since there are no healthy foods, only healthy eating, this is doomed to fail.

More so, as the medical profession is involved.

Food Standards Agency Explores The Role Of Portion Sizes In Our Diet, UK

What is to explore? Except how stupid this strategy is.
"The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the conclusions of an academic workshop that considered the available evidence of the relationship between portion size and people's energy intakes, weight gain and diet. This is accompanied by a report looking at changes in the portion size of everyday foods since the early 1990s."
Overfatness is from consuming more Calories than one burns.

Weight control comes from understanding the Calories taken in, not from a portion size.
"'Future work in this area will need to be practical, and make a positive contribution to help people eat a more balanced diet.'"
This approach is among the most impractical.

Women Who Gain Excessive Weight During Pregnancy More Likely To Have Overweight Children

More child abuse.
"Children of mothers who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy are more likely to be overweight at age seven, say researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, in a study published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Children of mothers who are obese prior to pregnancy and gain excessive weight are at the greatest risk for overweight."
Stop them, save the kids.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Many Americans May Benefit From Eating A Higher-Protein Diet

When IMHO whores offer advice.
"Current protein recommendations were established with the goal of preventing deficiency, but newer research indicates that many adults may benefit from eating more than the minimum requirement. These findings are presented in a supplement in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition describing the conclusions of a Protein Summit held last spring, which brought together the world's leading scientists in protein research."
Sez who?
"'Taking simple steps such as choosing a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk at a meal, or eating a piece of low-fat cheese with fruit as a snack, will help increase protein in the diet which may lead to a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis.' said Greg Miller, Ph.D., M.A.C.N., executive vice president of research, regulatory and scientific affairs at the National Dairy Council® and Protein Summit participant."
Big White.

Think it stands to benefit? As Big White did here?

More examples of IMHO whores for the money are found here and here.

Caveat emptor.

Common Cooking Spice Shows Promise In Combating Diabetes And Obesity

"'It's too early to tell whether increasing dietary curcumin [through turmeric] intake in obese people with diabetes will show a similar benefit,' Dr. Tortoriello said. 'Although the daily intake of curcumin one might have to consume as a primary diabetes treatment is likely impractical, it is entirely possible that lower dosages of curcumin could nicely complement our traditional therapies as a natural and safe treatment.'"
Wanna bet?

Study Shows That A Regular Exercise Program Can Help Delay Aging

No it doesn't.

You will still age, BUT you will likely be able to live longer and better, too.
"A recent study showing that maintaining aerobic fitness through middle age could delay biological aging by 12 years underscores the benefits of incorporating even a modest exercise program into one's daily routine..."
"Health is a function of participation. Participation is a function of fitness." (tm)

Monday, June 23, 2008

Mother's Obesity A Factor In Newborn Deaths For Blacks, Not Whites, New Study Reports

Forget child abuse. Now it is infanticide.
"A study led by the University of South Florida sheds new light on obesity's role in the black-white gap in infant mortality...

"Infants of obese black mothers had a higher risk of death in the first 27 days following birth than newborns of obese white mothers, the researchers found...

'Even if the infant of an obese black woman survives pregnancy, labor and delivery, that baby is at greater risk of dying than a baby born to an obese white woman,' said the study's lead author Hamisu Salihu, MD, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the USF College of Public Health."
Stop these killers before they kill again.

FDA: Older psych drugs have fatal risks in seniors

If you are waiting for the drug "cure" for your overfatness, you are still out of luck.
"The Food and Drug Administration warned doctors Monday that prescribing a certain group of psychiatric drugs to seniors suffering from dementia can increase their risk of death."
They have had years of experience with these meds and are only finding out about the bad effects now.
"FDA's announcement was an update to a 2005 action, when regulators added warnings about increased heart attacks and pneumonia to drugs called atypical antipsychotics. The medicines include blockbusters like Eli Lilly & Co.'s Zyprexa and Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal.

FDA said Monday those same risks apply to 11 older drugs known as typical antipsychotics, including Pfizer's Navane and Endo Pharmaceutical's Moban. The drugs were developed in the 1950s and have largely been replaced by the newer medications, which are believed to have fewer side effects, such as tremors."
It will be years, if ever, before they discover all the bad things the malpractice known as diet drugs will cause.

Kids' high blood pressure often lasts to adulthood

Kudos, fatsos.
"Children with high blood pressure tend to become adults with high blood pressure -- highlighting the need to take steps early to counter the condition, researchers reported Monday...

Past research has suggested that overweight children are at greater risk of developing high blood pressure."
Stop the abuse.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Eat Right To Be A Bathing Beauty

The morons from Texas are at it again.
"Beware of any diet that:

-- Results in more than one to two pounds of weight loss per week"
"One to two pounds of weight loss per week" is an impossible amount of weight to lose in a week following the conventional diet advice, let alone doing it safely.

Do not listen to these fools.

Drinking Milk To Boost Calcium and Prevent Broken Bones

More sleaze from Big White.
"Boosting calcium intake by drinking milk could reduce healthy adults' chances of a debilitating bone break. In a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, healthy men and women supplemented with 1,200 mg of calcium per day - the amount in four glasses of milk - reduced their risk of bone fractures by 72 percent."
But the research had NOTHING TO DO WITH MILK.
"An international team of researchers from University Hospital Zurich and Dartmouth Medical School divided 930 healthy men and women ages 27 to 80 into two groups for a four-year intervention study. One group was given a placebo, while the other took a daily calcium supplement containing 1,200 mg of calcium daily - the calcium recommendation for adults over the age of 51.

The researchers found that those receiving an additional 1,200 mg of calcium were significantly less likely to have a bone fracture of any sort during the four-year period, including everyday activity fractures (bone breaks that occurred while walking or standing) and seemingly unavoidable accident-related fractures (bone breaks sustained during falls, running, sports injuries or car accidents). In fact, during the four-year intervention, not a single adult receiving calcium experienced a fracture tied to everyday activities - fractures that researchers call "potentially preventable" and more likely linked to bone health."
The Big White scum machine slithers on.

First Single-Incision Lap-Band Surgery Completed By UT Southwestern Surgeons In Texas

The malpractice known as bariatric surgery now only needs one incision!
"UT Southwestern Medical Center surgeons have completed the first single-incision Lap-Band weight-loss surgery in Texas."

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Purchasing Behavior Influenced By Calorie Information At Point Of Purchase

"Influenced"? Hardly. Yet, I hear the back-slapping sounds of success.
"Researchers examined the effect that displaying calorie information at fast-food chains has on its customers. A total of 7,318 customers were surveyed from 275 randomly selected restaurants of 11 fast food chains within New York City.

The results found that patrons purchased an average of 827 calories. Only 4 percent of patrons reported even seeing calorie information provided at the site, with the exception of Subway. Unlike other chains, Subway placed calorie information on deli cases near the register and over one-third of Subway patrons reported that the placement of calorie information by the deli cases near the register influenced their purchase.

Those Subway patrons who reported seeing calorie information purchased an average of 52 fewer calories than those who did not."
52 Calories!

About the same in a burp.

With results like this, the overweight/obesity problem are numbered.

To infinity.

Weight Gain In Children Has No Association With Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption

"An analysis of 12 recent studies indicate that there is virtually no link between the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain in children and teens. The meta-analysis is published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition."
There is a 100% cause and effect relationship between more Calories in than out and weight gain.

The source of the too many Calories is immaterial.

If it is sugar-sweetened beverages, then they are the culprits.

If it is organic milk ice creams, then they are the culprits.
"'My co-authors and I carefully analyzed 12 studies using scientifically validated methods and found that there is virtually no association between sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and weight gain in children and teens,' Dr. Maureen Storey said. "'n fact, the evidence strongly suggests that reducing or eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages would have almost no impact on children and teens weight. While other investigators have reached other conclusions, our findings are consistent with three recently published review articles that concluded that the evidence that adolescent consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages leads to weight gain is 'weak or equivocal.''"
This is disingenuous wordplay.

BTW, who is this Dr. Storey?
"Dr. Storey is senior vice president for science policy for the American Beverage Association (ABA) and former director of the University of Maryland's Center for Food, Nutrition, and Agriculture Policy."
Trust her like a viper.

Moderate Fitness Lowers Risk Of Death For Normal Weight Or Obese Men With Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
"Being even moderately physically fit lowers a diabetic man's risk of death, regardless of his weight, according to a new study. Results will be presented at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The study found that for men with type 2 diabetes, moderate fitness levels reduced the risk of dying of any cause during an average follow-up period of seven years by 40 to 50 percent, even if they were overweight or obese."
If the fatties lost the weight, they would lose the diabetes and make it easier for them to get fit.
"Several medical associations recommend that people do a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity equivalent to brisk walking at least five days of the week. Jacob-Issac said this amount of physical activity is adequate to achieve the health benefits reported in the current study."
But the exercise prescription, is doomed to fail.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Overweight Does Not Decrease Sperm Production

Very bad news.
"Overweight men are not more likely to be infertile, as past research has shown to be true in obese women, according to a new study. The results will be presented at The Endocrine Society's 90th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

Findings of the study, performed in New York in nearly 300 very overweight men, were unexpected, said coauthor Nanette Santoro, MD, an Albert Einstein College of Medicine obstetrician-gynecologist who is trained in reproductive endocrinology.

'We see pretty significant deficits in fertility in women due to obesity, so we thought we'd see an effect in men,' Santoro said. 'But that wasn't the case.'"
Fat parents have fat children.

Fat children are abused children.

We either have to pray that the research conclusion is wrong, or, as it is so frequently the case, it is up to the women to do the right thing and, in this case, not let fat men reproduce.

Of course, what self-respecting person really wants to have sex with a fat man?

Freshman 5 may put young women on road to obesity

Crap research.
"'Freshman 15,' the idea that new college students put on 15 pounds of weight in the first year, may be a myth, but young women do gain about five pounds, Canadian researchers report...

While their study found no increase in calorie intake, the researcher noted, it relied on the girls' report of what they had eaten in the previous 24 hours, which isn't necessarily a reliable way to gauge a person's average calorie consumption. At college, she pointed out, 'they do have cafeterias available where it's all you can eat.'"
BUT, the study does point out some important stuff:
1. Self-reported data is by and large useless.

2. To gain weight, any amount of weight, Calories in must exceed Calories out. If research fails to find where the imbalance occurred or glosses over it completely, the research is faulty and its conclusions almost useless, if not misleading.
Bottom line, watch what you are told by the MSM.

Ginkgo 'does not treat dementia'

How can it be?
"A herbal extract used by an estimated 10% of people with dementia is not an effective treatment for it, an Imperial College London study suggests.

Ginkgo biloba is commonly marketed as an aid to memory and some studies have reported benefits.

But a six-month trial of 176 people with mild to moderate dementia found no difference between those taking ginkgo biloba and those taking placebo."

More hype from the corrupt supplement industry.

Perhaps there is a diagnostic silver lining here in cases where the diagnosis of dementia is uncertain.

Taking ginkgo for dementia, might be proof that one has dementia.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Time to rethink blood pressure tests: experts

An indication that they have no idea about the basics.
"Doctors need to rethink the way they measure blood pressure and focus only on the higher of the two conventional readings in patients older than 50, European experts said on Tuesday."
I am all for rethinking the conventional approach.

The article shows is that even the most fundamental stuff, like the way of handling blood pressure, is not a certainty.

Imagine how little is really known about the malpractices of bariatric surgery and diet drugs.

If you want to succeed at fitness, do it without the "help" of the sick care establishment, AdipOprah, diet gurus and other predators.

You can.

And you will be better off for it.

Kids' neck size may point to risk of sleep apnea

Kudos, fatsos.

Another way you have abused your children.
"'Even if a child does not have big adenoids and tonsils,' Yu concluded, 'you have to still ask about sleep apnea symptoms, especially if the child has a big neck and is overweight.'"
Stop the abuse.

Healthy lifestyle triggers genetic changes: study

Not really.
"Comprehensive lifestyle changes including a better diet and more exercise can lead not only to a better physique, but also to swift and dramatic changes at the genetic level, U.S. researchers said on Monday."
And what happened?
"After the three months, the men had changes in activity in about 500 genes -- including 48 that were turned on and 453 genes that were turned off."
A supposed change in activity, not the genes themselves.

And the value and consequences of these changes are not known.

It remains a wait and see situation.

Just because there is "change," does not mean that it is for the better.

Even if it from an allegedly "healthy" source.

B vitamins fail to curb risks in heart patients

Still think they know what an effective supplement is?
"Reducing levels of the amino acid homocysteine with folic acid and B vitamins failed to prevent serious complications in patients with heart disease, Norwegian researchers said on Tuesday.

The study was the latest of several large trials to show that lowering homocysteine through vitamin therapy offered no benefit to people with heart disease."
How is it possible that voodoo "wellness" crap does not seem to work?

Go figger.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Anti-inflammatory Effects Of Pomegranate In Rabbits: A Potential Treatment In Humans?

"Oral ingestion of pomegranate extract reduces the production of chemicals that cause inflammation suggests a study published in BioMed Central's open access Journal of Inflammation. The findings indicate that pomegranate extract may provide humans with relief of chronic inflammatory conditions.

The group from the Department of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Ohio, led by Tariq Haqqi, showed that blood samples collected from rabbits fed pomegranate extract inhibited inflammation...

Pomegranate extract, the equivalent of 175mls of pomegranate juice, was given to rabbits orally. The levels of antioxidants were measured in blood samples obtained after drinking the pomegranate extract and compared to blood samples collected before ingestion of pomegranate extract."
Just as likely to kill you, this antioxidant stuff.

See how the rabbits do and then wait for other humans to be the guinea pigs.

Need Help Losing Weight? Dietitians Aren't One-size Fits All

It's a con.
"If you've tried to lose weight, you know that there are many options and each one seems to have its own book and product line.

Registered dietitians at UT Southwestern Medical Center say that a better and cheaper idea is to follow a plan designed specifically for you by a registered dietitian."

'Cause they make moolah!
"'Although all dietitians are trained to treat a broad array of health issues, dietitians just like doctors have specialty areas of practice as well,' Ms. Sandon said."
And apparently practice medicine without a license, too.

Avoid them to simply lose weight.

Glaxo: 4M people tried diet drug since launch

Good news and bad news.

This stuff is crap and clearly a form of malpractice. It should never have seen the light of day.

Good news:
"GlaxoSmithKline said Wednesday that 4 million people have tried alli since the drug hit shelves a year ago. Alli is the only nonprescription weight loss pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

As a drug that should theoretically trigger huge sales, the preliminary figures are 'pretty underwhelming,' said Steve Brozak, an analyst with WBB Securities."
Bad news (besides the 4 million stupid customers):
"Still, first year sales point to a 'healthy business' that can be sustained and grown dramatically as new users try the drug, said Joe Cadle, director of marketing for Glaxo's consumer health division."
Do not use the stuff.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Cooking method key to potatoes' potassium level

Just an example of a somewhat loony article for "normal" people.
"Cubing your potatoes before boiling them can cut down on cooking time, but it will also shortchange you on potassium, a new study demonstrates."
Okay, so far.
"This is important not only for the average consumer looking to get enough of the mineral, the researchers say, but also for people with kidney impairment, who generally have to limit their potassium intake."
Here is the nutty part.

How many of you "average" consumers do the potato thing looking to "get enough" potassium?

I will bet, very few.

But this is the kind of silliness we get from the experts.

Instead of concentrating on what really matters, we get Potassium Security Level Threat Orange info.

Discovery Of Gene Linked To Adult-Onset Obesity

They must have found the gene that controls lifting the arm holding a spoon or fork to the mouth.
"Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a gene that may provide a clue as to why obesity rates increase with age."

They just found another BS Gene.

The experts are wrong again.

Too bad.

In Spain 1 In 4 Obese School-Aged Children Suffers Metabolic Syndrome

From the "home" of the Mediterranean diet.
"One out of every four obese school-aged children (6 to 12 years old) develops an illness typically associated with adults that are nearly 40 years old, metabolic syndrome, due to one clear reason: child obesity."

Maybe it is the Faditerranean diet?

Maybe it is really is all about Calories in, Calories out.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Romania puts super-size seven-year-old on strict diet

And not a moment too soon.
"Romanian authorities have taken a seven-year-old boy weighing more than 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds) out of his parents custody so doctors can help him lose weight, officials said Wednesday."
Maybe 4 years too late, but not a moment too soon.

Study Finds Obese People Have Higher Lifetime Medical Costs Despite Shorter Life Expectancies

Good news.
"Obese U.S. residents in their 20s will incur lifetime medical bills between $5,340 and $29,460 more than their healthy-weight peers despite shorter life spans, according to a study published online in the journal Obesity, USA Today reports."
This amount of money is less than the cost of fat person surgery, follow-up, etc.

Now we don't have to pay for the malpractice known as bariatric surgery and these fatsos can live with their adipose.

Tea And Heart Health

A bag of hype.
"'Drinking more than three cups of tea a day cuts the risk of a heart attack', The Daily Telegraph reported. The newspaper said that according to research, tea - with or without milk - may also strengthen bones. It adds that the "beneficial effects on many biochemical effects in the body" are due to polyphenols, which are natural plant antioxidants in tea."
"For now, it may be best for people to continue to enjoy a cup of tea because they like it, rather than hoping for any protection from heart attacks. There are many medical and lifestyle risk factors which contribute to the development of heart disease."
More bad reporting. In fact...
"The author has carried out a very thorough analysis of the status of research into black tea consumption and its effects. However, due to the nature of the topic, there are several limitations to the trials conducted in this field. The author says, 'Taken together the evidence indicates a positive role for tea in human health, although the final proof from intervention studies remains elusive.'

- The methods used in each of the individual studies were not reported, and therefore the reliability of their findings are unclear from this report...

- Intervention trials were very variable in the outcomes that were examined...

- Other risk factors for heart disease or for other outcomes examined such as bone disease are not clear...

- The high variability in the trials makes it difficult to draw the results of the studies together to provide conclusive results.

- The methods used to conduct the search for reviews or individual tea studies are not clear from the report...
"For now, it may be best for people to continue to enjoy a cup of tea because they like it, rather than hoping for protection from heart attacks. There are many medical and lifestyle risk factors that contribute to the development of heart disease."
And don't believe what the MSM writes.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Weight Gain Main Factor In Falling Beta Cell Function In Hispanic Women

Kudos, gordas.

You have eaten yourselves into diabetes.
"A study by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) found that weight gain was the strongest factor associated with falling beta cell function in Hispanic women, a condition that often leads to diabetes."
Buenos nachos.

ADA: Tight Glucose Control No Help for Cardiovascular Risk in Type 2 Diabetes

"Intensive glucose lowering strategies reduce nephropathy but not major cardiovascular outcomes for patients with type 2 diabetes, according to results of the largest tight-control randomized trial to date."
Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

Are they sure it does not work?
"W'ith respect to the fundamental question of the effect of glycemic control on macrovascular complications, there should be no misunderstanding that the ADVANCE trial had clearly negative results,' said William T. Cefalu, M.D., of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, in an accompanying editorial."

So maybe you should hedge your bets and just lose the weight.

Personal Genomes May Lead To Personalized Vitamin Supplements

Stop them before they screw you up.
"As the cost of sequencing a single human genome drops rapidly, with one company predicting a price of $100 per person in five years, soon the only reason not to look at your "personal genome" will be fear of what bad news lies in your genes...

'Our studies have convinced us that there is a lot of variation in the population in these enzymes, and a lot of it affects function, and a lot of it is responsive to vitamins,' Marini said. 'I wouldn't be surprised if everybody is going to require a different optimal dose of vitamins based on their genetic makeup, based upon the kind of variance they are harboring in vitamin-dependent enzymes.'"
First, that there is so much variation is another nail in the coffin of the morons waiting for the genetic "cure" for being too fat.

Second, if there is so much alleged variation, perhaps there is a reason and mucking around with one will make something else worse.

The problem is, they will not know since they will start playing way before they ever understand the consequences of their actions.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Eating And Weight Gain Not Necessarily Linked, Study Shows

"A new study shows that increased eating does not necessarily lead to increased fat. The finding in the much-studied roundworm opens the possibility of identifying new targets for drugs to control weight, the researchers say."
Overconsuming Calories (in the absence of proper training) absolutely results in energy stored as fat.

Do not fall for the misleading hype.

Natural Inflammation-Fighting Mechanism Discovered In Body-Fat Cells

Hooray! Now fat is good.
"Reporting in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) said they have shown for the first time that fat-storing cells, or adipocytes, contain a protective anti-inflammatory immune mechanism that prevents the cells from over-reacting to inflammation-causing stimuli, such as fatty acids in the diet.

This signaling pathway serves as a natural counterbalance to a parallel signaling chain that promotes inflammation and can lead to insulin resistance -- a prelude to diabetes -- and other ailments such as heart disease, said the authors. Chih-Hao Lee, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases at HSPH, was the senior author. Kihwa Kang, Research Fellow in the HSPH Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, was first author."
But only if you do not have much.
"In lean people, the dueling pathways maintain a healthy balance -- but only up to a point. 'Overt obesity eventually overwhelms the protective effect of this pathway and flips it into the pro-inflammatory pathway,' said Lee."
It seems as if the "up to a point" is the "point" where you are not lean.

Bottom line: lose weight.

ADA: ACCORD Diabetes Trial a Complete Bust

Think they have an idea of how to treat your fat person diabetes?
"Not only was ultra-tight glucose control linked to excess deaths in the star-crossed ACCORD trial, but it was no more effective than standard therapy in reducing cardiovascular events among patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers said here.

Intensive treatment was also associated with significantly higher rates of hypoglycemia requiring assistance and with weight gain of more than 10 kg, according to Hertzel Gerstein, M.D., of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, at a press briefing at the American Diabetes Association meeting.

A formal report on the 10,251-patient Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study by Dr. Gerstein and colleagues in the New England Journal of Medicine was released early online to coincide with the briefing."
Type 2 diabetes is what fat people get.
"The intensive-treatment arm of ACCORD had been halted in February after interim analysis revealed the increased mortality."
Apparently, so is dead.

Lose weight.

Gain life.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Scientists Try To Develop Anti-Cancer Meat, Eggs

Really. They can't develop an anti-cancer drug and now they will engineer an anti-cancer animal.
"Imagine the chicken and eggs you eat could be cancer-fighting food. Researchers at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center say they could be on their way to doing that. Here's the best part - they're only using a natural plant extract, and a little time.

If chickens are to be what we eat to help battle cancer, it may all start with what they eat. Researchers at Ohio State's Comprehensive Cancer Center say mixing chicken feed with a substance found in cotton could help turn chickens, and their eggs, into potent cancer-fighting foods. The natural substance is called gossypol."
Actually, the active substances in this story are called hype and bullsh**.

Not to mention that cooking food is said to cause cancer.

It's Frankenfood-oma time!

Rectal surgeons using 'wrong op'

Ain't that a bite in the butt?
"Leeds University researchers said hospital data showed the APE operation, which leaves patients with a permanent colostomy, was being used too often."
The fitness angle is the malpractice known as bariatric surgery which is performed needlessly.

Unlike this procedure, which is simply overperformed, fat person surgery is both needless and, by definition, overperformed.

Unless it is lining your pockets with gold.

Then it is underperformed.

There is much money to be made from bariatric surgery. It is a profit center for sick care institutions and sick care practitioners.

There is no money for the sick care system to make if you drop the pounds on your own.

That is likely a reason why the sick care industry continues to offer the same bad advice for weight loss despite astronomical failure rates.

Wise up. Do it on your own.

Study Finds Health and Wellness Initiatives in Work Place Increasing, Despite Lack of Evidence That They Save Money

When businesspeople go mad.
"'Health and Wellness Initiatives: The Shift From Managing Illness to Promoting Health,' Center for Studying Health System Change: The issue brief found that health plan initiatives designed to promote health and wellness among workers have become commonplace, even though there is a lack of evidence that the programs save businesses money...According to the study, the increase in health and wellness initiatives is a result of large employers looking for long-term strategies to address rising costs and to support their plan to give employees more responsibility for health care decisions and costs."
Of course there is no "evidence that the programs save businesses money."

They cannot.

They can only cost businesses money.

They are based on the same flawed foundations as all sick care initiatives in the overweight/obesity "war."

For a wellness program to succeed or for an Employee Assistance Program to work, it has to depart from the conventional stupidity.

Otherwise, it is doomed to fail.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Kudos, fatsos.

You are making your kids stupid, too.
"These days, the health of our youth is more compromised than ever - and this prevalence of chronic illness may very well jeopardize kids' ability to learn or change how students learn or in what kind of environment.

Because of asthma, for example, children in the United States ages 5 to 17 missed 12.8 million school days in 2003. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that asthma "steals the breath" of about 10 percent of children nationwide. In Denver, it is estimated that asthma affects nearly 19 percent of students...

According to the California Department of Education, more than 32 percent of all youth in California are overweight and approximately 74 percent are unfit. As a result, chronic illness, such as juvenile diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and even heart disease will be endemic among our youth in the future. And yet research consistently shows that healthy, active and well-nourished children and youth are more likely to attend school and are more prepared and motivated to learn."
Like parents, like kids.

Fat, sick and stupid.

The child abuse trifecta.

Stop it.

A pill to fight weight gain? Not so fast

Still hoping for a pill to cure your too-fat?
"'I don't think money is going to be enough' to crack the problem of obesity by pharmacological means, says Mike Cawthorne, director of metabolic research at the University of Buckingham's Clore Laboratory. 'Fundamental research, insight, brilliant chemists and probably most of all, a sleight of luck will be necessary.'"
You have no hope.

Especially with crap like this being touted as truth by the MSM:
"For an activity that seems to come so naturally to so many Americans, getting fat is actually quite complicated. Not surprisingly, then, so is developing a pill that will help reverse that process."
Weight gain is simple.

More Calories in than out.

By suggesting a more complicated means, the MSM and others of the nutritional homicide ilk, are preventing you from doing the one thing and one thing only that is necessary and will always be necessary to lose weight.

Consume fewer Calories than you burn.

This is insurmountable.

As are the side effects:
"Drugs that target the brain to promote weight loss have two potential weaknesses. For starters, because they act on a complex organ with many other functions, these drugs can trigger a wide array of unforeseen side effects. Second, scientists increasingly suspect that the brain is not the controller of appetite-related signals, but a switching station for them; if that's the case, then drugs that work on the brain are more easily circumvented by the body's natural tendency to hold onto or regain fat."
You have to be an idiot to expect this stuff to work.

You have to be an idiot to expect it to work before your overfatness ill-effects you.

But then you prove you are an idiot by being so fat that you are pinning your hopes on vapormeds.
"The hunt for such a drug, researchers say, will help reframe obesity as a chronic condition that needs lifelong management."
And lifelong contributions to Big Pharma and the sick care industry.

Non-Competitive Play Leads To More Physical Activity In Children

"A research team led by Karla Bruggeman and David Dzewaltowski, Ph.D., measured activity during both elimination- and non-elimination games, using accelerometers, in 29 children in grades four through six. Both normal weight and overweight children participated in the study, but were not separated for analysis."
It is not "Non-Competitive" it is "Non-Elimination."

There is a difference. You do not have to be eliminated in competitive play.
"In non-elimination games, kids accrued more overall physical activity due to not having to spend time on the sidelines as a result of elimination."

For this they did a study?


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Sedentary Lifestyle Not To Blame For Obesity

Overweight and obesity are caused by one thing and one thing only, more Calories in than out.

Physical activity is a terribly inefficient way to lose weight.

But whether you believe the story or not, consider this:

For how long have we been told that "lifestyle" is why we are getting fat?

Now they are not so sure of even this "truth."
"Obesity researchers have discovered we burn the same calories on physical activities as we have done over the last 20 years.

They found that there has been no reduction in the energy we expend on day to day activities, suggesting increased food intake may be the more important factor in obesity.

Over the past 20 to 30 years there has been an enormous increase in the prevalence of obesity throughout the Western world...

Consensus over the past few years has been that an increased sedentary lifestyle has been a major contributory factor.

This view is consistent with perceived lifestyle trends such as increased car ownership; children being driven, rather than walking, to school, and the boom in television channels and computer gaming.

But now researchers from the Universities of Aberdeen and Maastricht in the Netherlands have discovered that there has been no reduction in the level of energy we are using in our daily lives over the past 20 years.

They have also found that comparisons of energy expended by people in both the USA and Europe differ little from those in pre-industrial societies in the Third World...

The researchers made their findings based on data gathered in studies from Europe, North America and the developing world using a sophisticated isotope based technique called the doubly-labelled water method which permits direct measures of an individuals energy demands as they go about their daily business.

The study is the largest collection of data using this method and the results that are revealed provide a striking contrast to popular conceptions about what has caused the obesity epidemic.

Professor Michael Goran, Professor of Preventive Medicine and Director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the University of Southern California who is an international expert in the study of obesity, added: 'This is an important study that puts into question a commonly held belief that the surge in obesity over the last few decades can be simply explained by a more sedentary lifestyle.'"

A Review Of Maternal Obesity And Complications In Pregnancy

More child abuse.
"Maternal obesity is associated with the increase in maternal and fetal complications in pregnancy.

Obesity among women of reproductive age in western societies has been increasing at an alarming rate. Excessive weight gain during pregnancy also seems to be an independent risk factor, regardless of the mother's weight before pregnancy."
Stop these persons who are harming the children.

Location Plays Key Role In Daily Physical Activity Levels

So what?
"An old cliché says you are what you eat - and new studies presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine suggests you are where you live, too."
Fat people are found everywhere.

It is their caloric irresponsibility that makes them fat.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Nothing else.

Depriving the calorically responsible of their choices is not the answer.

Allowing the fat to enjoy the results of their behavior, without the rest of us paying for their rescue, is a better way to go.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kids drinking more sugary drinks and juice

So what?
"Children in the U.S. are now getting more of their calories from fruit juice and sugar-sweetened beverages than they were 20 years ago, according to a new analysis of national data published in Pediatrics."
So long as they do not consume more Calories than they burn, there is no threat of overweight/obesity.
"Limiting the consumption of "empty calories" by reducing intake of sugar-sweetened beverages could help kids eat healthier and stay slim, the study's authors, Dr. Y. Claire Wang of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health in New York City and colleagues, conclude."

There are no "empty Calories," only empty craniums of researchers, diet experts and the like.

Each Calorie counts.

And then there's this:
"However, the authors of another study out today report that children who drink 100 percent fruit juice are no more likely to be overweight than kids who don't. What's more, say Dr. Theresa A. Nicklas of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and her team, juice drinkers ate more fruit and had a higher intake of several nutrients including vitamin C, folate and potassium.

"The science clearly shows that 100 percent juice is a valuable contributor of nutrients to children's diets and it's not associated with weight," Nicklas told Reuters Health in an interview.

Both sets of researchers looked at the same data: the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), in which people report what they ate in the previous 24 hours. Wang and her team compared NHANES 1988-1994 and NHANES 1999-2004, while Nicklas and colleagues looked at 1999-2002 NHANES data."
Don't trust the research.

Trust the Laws of Thermodynamics.

They rule and always will rule.

Walking At A Steady Pace Is The Most Effective Way To Reduce Blood Pressure

More lies.
"If walking seems too simple to be an effective fitness method, think again: taking a stroll for 30 minutes is the easiest way to lower blood pressure, according to the Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church University."
And from a religious institution no less!

Not only is walking inefficient, this study showed its effects were only temporary.

To drop the blood pressure lastingly, lose the weight.

Food Labeling And Heart Health Discussed By Members Of European Parliament

They will never learn.
"Members of the European Parliament Heart Group met 3 June, in Brussels, to discuss the link between nutrition and cardiovascular diseases and how labelling of food can help people choose products that are better for their hearts and vessels. The European Commission has already made the declaration of the amount of energy, fat, sugars, salt and saturates on food packaging mandatory. Nevertheless, there is no European legislation harmonising diverse national schemes. Consumers often find nutrition labelling confusing and sometimes even misleading."
There are no "healthy" foods, only healthy eating.

What will happen is the same thing that occurred when low-fat, supposedly "healthy" foods were promoted. People ate more Calories.

This has not helped the overweight/obesity problem.

Neither will labeling foods as "heart healthy."

Monday, June 09, 2008

Vigorous Exercise Can Help Seniors Avoid Disability

Believe it.
"Healthy seniors who are physically active and exercise for more than 60 minutes each week can lessen their chances of disability as they age, finds a new long-term study."
But do not believe the "exercise" part.

Physical activity that results in improved fitness must be training. Exercise will not result in improved fitness for the overwhelming majority.

But, engaging in physical activity, even below a training level, can help with maintaining function and balance.

Better to train and get all the benefits.

New Findings On Mercury Content In Salmon

More they cannot be trusted to know what a "healthy" food is.

Now there is this:
"A new study published in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry finds that although mercury levels in both wild and farmed salmon from British Columbia are substantially below human health consumption guidelines, the levels found in wild salmon were three times higher than in farmed salmon."
Earlier there was this:
"Farm-raised salmon contain significantly more dioxins and other potentially cancer-causing pollutants than do salmon caught in the wild, says a major study that tested contaminants in fish bought around the world."
Farmed vs. wild, they do not know.

You are better off eating healthily.

Being Obese Or Thin Linked To Mood Chemical Not Just Eating Habits

"Researchers in the US investigating the effect of the nerve messenger and mood regulator serotonin on the energy metabolism of worms, found that being obese or thin may not just be a result of one's eating habits."
There is not a single entity on the planet that will not gain weight when it consumes more Calories than it burns. (absent rare circumstances which almost no human has)

There is not a single entity on the planet that will not lose weight when it consumes fewer Calories than it burns. (absent rare circumstances which almost no human has)

There is another set of worms here - the researchers.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mood hormone may affect fat, U.S. study finds

More insanity.
"A brain chemical strongly linked to mood and appetite may also directly affect fat gain, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

They said levels of serotonin, the nerve-signaling chemical targeted by many antidepressants, may also direct the body to put down fat regardless of how much food is eaten.

'It may be one reason diets fail,' metabolism expert Kaveh Ashrafi of the University of California, San Francisco, who led the study, said in a telephone interview.

The findings, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, could lead to better diet drugs and treatments for diseases like diabetes."
Researchers succeed when they offer drugs and treatments that make you poorer while making them and the sick care industry richer.

Diets fail because they are ill-conceived by experts who do not know squat about weight loss.

Swigging 100% Fruit Juice Does Not a Fat Kid Make

More they have no idea what a "healthy" food is.

There's this:
"Drinking 100% fruit juice is not associated with an increased risk of a child being overweight, a cross-sectional study showed."
Then this:
"Some studies have found a link between consumption of 100% fruit juice in children and a higher risk of being overweight but they were subject to various limitations, the researchers said."
Then, then this:
"'The data from the study suggest that 100% juice consumption is a valuable contributor of nutrients in children's diets and that it does not have an adverse effect on weight,' Dr. Nicklas said."
Then, then, then this:
"A practical strategy would be to tell parents it's okay to have one serving of 100% fruit juice as a way to meet a serving of the fruit recommendation in kids' diets,' she said."
"One serving" per day. Sounds like some form of "various limitations" to me.

In any event, you can forget the "healthy" food debate and just eat healthily.

Obesity Is The Public Health Equivalent Of Climate Change

Not even close.
"The obesity epidemic is the public health equivalent of climate change, the Faculty of Public Health's annual conference in Cardiff will hear today. Not only are the consequences of both potentially catastrophic if allowed to go unchecked, but each are extremely complex problems that require nothing less than a fundamental policy overhaul to address."
Fighting overweight/obesity can be done with 100% effectiveness and 100% completely and with 100% certainty and with 100% success by the individual.

Global warming cannot.

What stops people is bad diet advice (see here and here) and entitlement policies that cause the rest of us to suffer.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Obese and Overweight Teens at Higher Risk for Chronic Diseases

Kudos, fatsos.
"Teens who were obese and overweight had a higher risk for chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and fatty liver disease, according to the results of an Australian cross-sectional study reported in the June issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine."
More child abuse.

Stop these fat folks before they kill again.

Heart failure patients overestimate time left

Lots of fat people get heart failure.

They underestimate the Calories they consume. They overestimate the Calories they burn.
"The average patient-predicted life expectancy was 13 years, while the statistical model predicted that life expectancy was only 10 years...
Twenty-nine percent of patients died during an average follow-up period of 3.1 years, the report indicates."
Clearly, the end is nearer than they think.

Drop the weight.

Get fit.

'Care flawed' in many bypass ops

A lot of fat people get this procedure.
"The care given to many patients having heart bypass surgery may be flawed, according to an expert report.

The NCEPOD study suggested that as many as one in five of the 20,000 patients a year undergoing the operation do not get the best possible care."
Lose the weight.

Avoid the procedure as best you can - always a good thing.

Avoid the complications of "care."

Obesity And The Built Environment

"Obesity experts speaking today presented recent evidence that changes to our built environment could tackle the rising tide of obesity."
More excuses for the fat from the experts.

Change the entitlement environment, i.e., stop paying to rescue the calorically irresponsible, and then you might see real change.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Brisk Walking Lowers Blood Pressure, Increases Fitness In Obese

"If walking seems too simple to be an effective fitness method, think again: taking a stroll is an easy way to lower pressure and for the obese to increase aerobic fitness, according to three researchers who presented findings at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine.

A study of 14 morbidly obese patients was designed to determine if brisk walking alone was sufficient to serve as an aerobic training stimulus, increasing heart rate to at least 70 percent of maximum. Patients were asked to determine their own brisk walking pace, and walked for one mile. All 14 achieved at least 70 percent of maximum heart rate."
You try moving at "at least 70 percent of maximum heart rate" and see how "easy" that stroll is.

Still, the effects are fleeting:
"Andrew Scott found that walking 30 minutes at 50 percent effort was most effective, reducing blood pressure for at least four hours.

'Our study found that walking for longer than 30 minutes or at a higher intensity had no additional effects on lowering blood pressure,' Andrew Scott, M.S., said. 'Those needing to lose weight may want to exercise for a longer period of time, but our findings show that ACSM's recommendations have significant health benefits.'"
There are no data published by these folks showing "health benefits" as the outcomes over time are not offered.

For weight loss, walking, as with all physical activity, is terribly inefficient.

Childhood Obesity Epidemic Fueld (sic) By Consumption Of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Can't spell right. Can't do research right, either.
"A recent study published in Pediatrics and led by researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are an increasingly large part of children and teens' diets. Teens who consume SSBs, which include sodas, fruit drinks and punches, and sports drinks, drink an average of 356 calories per day, a significant increase from 10 years earlier. The findings suggest that reducing empty caloric intake by limiting these drinks may be a key strategy for promoting healthy eating and preventing excess weight gain."
If this is "empty caloric intake," they why are they gaining weight?

Because it is not "empty caloric intake."

There is no such thing as an "empty Calorie."

All Calories are equal and "reducing empty caloric intake" without reducing ALL caloric intake will make zero difference.

This stuff is nonsense.

But what do you expect from the same place that brought you the IMHO über-killer, Mehmet Oz?

Connection Between Obesity And Depression

"A major review in Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice reveals that research indicates people who are obese may be more likely to become depressed, and people who are depressed may be more likely to become obese."
As if they needed a "major review."

Then there is this advice:
"Potentially, dieting, which can worsen mood, and antidepressants, which can cause weight gain, should be minimized."

It should be done properly.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Drinking 100% Juice Does Not Make Children Overweight

Of course not. Never did and never will.
"In children who drink 100% fruit juice regularly there is no increased risk of being overweight in comparison to their peers who do not, according to a report released on June 2, 2008 in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

The obesity levels in the United States, not just in adults but also in children, have reached record highs, and this phenomenon is often referred to as an "obesity epidemic." The negative effects of obesity on health are clearly documented, and as a result, investigation into the causes of this trend are important to reverse it. Patterns of food consumption are likely to play a role weight gain in children, and drinking juice has been associated with being overweight and obese in some studies but not in others."
Only overconsuming Calories makes children, adults, pets, wild animals or any organism overweight.

What a waste of research time, effort and resources.

Like paying people not to grow crops, researchers are paid not to grow smart.

Widespread vitamin D deficiency poses risk: study

Still think they have any idea what a "safe" supplement is and how to dose it?
"Many young children do not get enough vitamin D, an often invisible deficiency that can show up later as broken bones or a weakened immune system prone to disease, researchers said on Monday.

Two out of five U.S. children aged 8 months to 2 years who took part in a 380-patient study at Children's Hospital Boston had less-than-optimal blood levels of vitamin D."
BTW, the researchers found that human breast milk is no good for infants:
"Also at risk for a vitamin D deficiency were breast-fed infants, because 'breast milk is the perfect food except that it lacks vitamin D,' Gordon said."
Researchers know better than evolution or intelligent design, whichever you believe.

Green Tea Prevents Deathly Plaque Formation In Parkinson's And Alzheimer's - First Results In The Test Tube And With Cell Models

Bullsh** alert!
"The substance ECGC (Epigallocatechin-3-gallate) from green tea can redirect the deadly process which leads to the accumulation of protein aggregates in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. EGCG modulates a cascade of protein misfolding in such a way that the formation of deadly plaques is interrupted, and harmless protein structures emerge instead. Researchers of the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, a national research laboratory of the Helmholtz Association in Germany have made this discovery in the test tube and in cell models."
Not that this is true anyway, but note that it is not green tea, it is a substance in it.

This is the kind of bad media outburst exposed here.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Exercise 'does not make obese children slim'

Been tellin' you so for years.
"Encouraging overweight children to exercise has no impact on weight loss and they should be encouraged instead to eat more healthily, according to new research.

The study claims that obese children are inactive because of their weight, and not fat because they are inactive.

The researchers argue that efforts to reduce the childhood obesity epidemic should focus on healthy eating and cutting calorie consumption, rather than getting children to engage in sports and games.

The research, presented at the European Congress on Obesity, studied 300 children over five years."
Too soon to tell if the planet is coming to its senses re: exercise and weight loss, but this is a good development. (though the focus of these researchers remains mistaken - read the whole thing)

Given Earth's track record, I vote in favor of it is too soon.

Certain Potato Preparation Guidelines For Kidney Dialysis Patients Ineffective

Still think they know what a "healthy" food is?
"Potatoes are a valuable source of mineral nutrients that provide high levels of potassium."
But aren't potatoes supposed to be bad?

You have to be a fool to trust any of the "these are healthy foods" people.

There are no "healthy" foods.

There is only eating healthily.

But there is unhealthy eating advice from the experts.

World Gastroenterology Organisation And Danone Launch Global Campaign To Improve Digestive Health

Thieving wolves in scientist's clothing.
"Today, on the occasion of World Digestive Health Day (WDHD), the World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) has launched a year-long campaign titled 'Optimum Health and Nutrition' focusing on the link between nutrition and digestive health. An unbalanced diet, rushing or skipping food and an unhealthy lifestyle may all contribute to digestive disorders (such as constipation, bloating and heartburn ) which affect millions worldwide. In a global consumer study, more than 55% of women interviewed claimed to suffer from these digestive disorders(1). This campaign is part of a three-year partnership between WGO and Danone to help raise awareness of digestive disorders and the importance of maintaining good digestive health."
Yogurt - 1-8 oz. container, $0.49 (local store)

Activia - 4 -4 oz. containers, $3.99

Activia - $0.25 per ounce.

Yogurt - $0.06 per ounce.

Activia is 4 times more expensive.

So much for "affordable food and beverage products to as many people as possible." (see below)
Groupe DANONE, the worldwide leader in healthy food, is a Fortune 500 company and one of the most successful healthy food companies in the world. Its mission is to bring health through tasty, nutritious and affordable food and beverage products to as many people as possible. Fulfilling this mission is a major contributor to the Groupe's continuous fast growth. Groupe DANONE, with 150 plants and around 76 000 employees, has a presence in all five continents and over 120 countries. In 2007, Groupe DANONE recorded 12.7 billion euros sales.

Groupe DANONE enjoys leading positions on healthy food on four businesses: fresh dairy products (ndegrees1 worldwide), waters (ndegrees 2 on the packaged water market), baby nutrition (ndegrees2 worldwide) and medical nutrition. Listed on Euronext Paris, Groupe DANONE is also ranked among the main index of social responsibility: Dow Jones Stoxx and World Sustainability Indices, ASPI Eurozone and Ethibel Sustainability Index. In 2008, the popular and proven probiotic fermented dairy product Activia will reach many millions of consumers globally and will account for well over EUR 2bn in sales. "
Thieves. And liars.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Linked to Kidney Disease in Diabetic Patients

Kudos, fatsos.
"For patients with type 2 diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty livers may lead to chronic kidney disease, an observational study found.

The risk for chronic kidney disease was 69% higher for diabetic patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease than for diabetic patients without the liver disorder, Giovanni Targher, M.D., of the University of Verona, and colleagues here and at the University of Colorado reported online in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology."
Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

More self-inflicted illnesses from caloric irresposibility.

Anxiety In Overweight Children Compounds Risk Factors

Touchy, feely, bullsh** research.
"Anxiety may influence children's metabolic health differently according to weight status, says a study presented in Indianapolis at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). After examining the relationship between anxiety and the metabolic syndrome in boys, researchers presented preliminary evidence that treatment strategies geared towards overweight youth should consider the affect of anxiety on metabolic syndrome."
Oh, the poor piglets are anxious.

Maybe if they lost weight, they would have less anxiety.
"Stress is a general term used to describe the body's response to various stimuli and has been associated with poor metabolic health in adults; however, little is known about the relationship in children and adolescents. Likewise, little is known about individual contributors to stress activation, such as anxiety, in youth."

"Strain" is the proper "term used to describe the body's response to various stimuli."

The stimulus is called stress.

These people cannot get the basics right.

They cannot get the conclusion right.

They should not get the research dollars. Right?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Walking For Health: Easy, Inexpensive, And Effective

"Walking may offer the best combination of ease and accessibility of any exercise activity, according to experts presenting at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), held in Indianapolis.

Session presenters stressed that the simplicity of walking - and the fact that nearly everyone can partake in it without high costs - makes it one of the best ways to achieve recommended amounts of daily physical activity."
Walking, as with physical activity in general, is so inefficient for weight loss that it is sure to doom a weight loss program for most people.

Even if you do walk, to control weight you MUST control Calories.

There is no choice.

Stupid research.

Stupider conclusion.

Studies Define Type 2 Diabetes Risk Factors In Women, Adolescents

Who knew?
"The risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women is significantly increased as a result of either low cardiorespiratory fitness or higher Body Mass Index (BMI), and a combination of the two increases the risk the most, according to a long-term study presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). An independent and combined association among the two health factors was identified in the study of more than 6,200 women over the course of 17 years."
Hard to believe that being too fat and out of shape are associated with type 2 diabetes.

This new, cutting edge research is...startling.

How come we never heard of this before?
"Research presented at the meeting sheds new information on the impact of type 2 diabetes in youth. In one study, researchers found that youth with type 2 diabetes exhibit low levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and the majority do not participate in adequate amounts of habitual physical activity. The data contribute to what is known about reduced fitness and a sedentary lifestyle as components to the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes among youth."
OMG, unfit, likely fat kids are at risk, too?

Whoda thunk it?

Promoting Physical Activity With A Public Health Approach

Another doomed to fail suggestion.
"Nearly 50 percent of Americans are not active enough for optimal health and disease prevention. This staggering statistic served as a launching point for public health advocate Barbara E. Ainsworth, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, who delivered a President's Lecture at the 55th American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Indianapolis...

Ainsworth believes the answer to increasing physical activity is coordinated, integrated and funded steps targeted to the general public. Effective awareness among the diverse U.S. population must be culturally and socially relevant, reach across socio-economic levels, and touch all ages, she says."
As if there is not already a whole mess of info on too fat out there.

And physical activity as an approach to manage weight is so inefficient that it will never be successful for the vast majority of people.

This is head in the sand policy-making at its worst.

Childhood Obesity Epidemic Requires Multiple Levels Of Intervention

Blind researchers.
"Childhood obesity continues to emerge as a significant health concern in the United States. Experts in interventions and public health strategies met, during the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM) to discuss the issue.
A symposium, chaired by Bryan K. Smith, Ph.D., addressed alternatives and effective approaches to childhood obesity, how to improve the effectiveness of preventative interventions, and the application of effective strategies to a public health approach."
Clearly when "Childhood obesity continues to emerge as a significant health concern" there aren't any "effective approaches to childhood obesity."

Otherwise, why is it still an issue?

The only effective approach to this form of child abuse is to treat it for what it is and hold the abusers accountable.

Then we will see change.

Kids' Energy Expenditure High In Active Video Games

Crazy incomplete research.
"Active video games, such as the Nintendo Wii, are quickly becoming the most coveted gaming systems on the market. Beyond entertainment value, these systems appear to be helpful in encouraging youth to exercise, as profiled in three studies presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)."
What they did not publish is how many Calories these kids consumed before, during and after playing to see if they undid the several extra Calories they burned playing these so-called "active" games.

More wasted research on a silly endeavor.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Researchers to examine video games and health

More wasted effort.
"Why fight the proliferation of video games if you can use them to improve the nation's health?"
Because you can't, that's why.

And here is a sampling of the madness:
"The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced Thursday it will give a dozen research teams up to $200,000 each for studies lasting one to two years.

The projects will measure the effects of playing video games on the young and old. For example:

_Researchers at Cornell University will study how a mobile phone game rewarding healthy eating and exercise will influence children's behavior.

_Researchers at the University of Florida will monitor how playing Playstation 2's 'Crazy Taxi' affects perception in the elderly.

_Researchers at the University of South Carolina will investigate the potential for using video games such as Wii and EyeToy to help people recover their motor skills after experiencing a stroke."
I am taking bets on this stupid approach, too.

Millions Ignoring Food Labelling - New Research, UK

"New research shows that one in three men and one in five women don't read the nutrition information label on food packaging."
But do the rest understand what they read?
"And, the under 25's are more concerned with calorie counting than they are with the levels of salt, protein, fibre and fat they are taking in."
Actually good news since all that matters in the weight debate is Calories in, Calories out.
"Standard Life Healthcare conducted the research* following on from its study last year which showed that people are confused by the mixed messages they get about healthy eating."
There is no mixed message here.

There are no healthy foods, only healthy eating.

Checking Calories is the right start.

Being able to do the math and/or being calorically responsible another way is the mandatory follow-up step.

'Time Costs' Affect Women's Food Choice, Australia

The excusinators are working overtime.
"Women may eat less healthy food if they're short of time and not confident in the kitchen, according to a new Deakin University study which looked at the food choices of women on lower incomes.

The study found that low income women think preparing healthy food takes too much time, and have trouble convincing their families to eat well, which may lead them to choose less healthy foods and put them at risk of poor health."
There are no "healthy" foods.

There is eating healthily.
"Addressing the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) national conference at the Gold Coast this week, Dr Inglis said people on lower incomes are more likely to fall short of the recommended intake of fruit and vegetables, and are more likely to eat a diet higher in fat and added sugar.

'This puts them on the fast track to diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease,' said Dr Inglis. To gain confidence in the kitchen she recommends focussing (sic) on food that is quick and easy to prepare, but cheap and healthy, such as lean meat and vegetable casseroles, and jacket potatoes topped with kidney beans and chopped salad vegetables. And she said health professionals need to consider time issues when providing dietary advice to patients."
It is not about time.

It is not about the food.

It is about Calories in, Calories out.

No more, no less.

Baby Boomers' Bodies Impacted By Years Of Wear And Tear

From what?
"As increasing numbers of baby boomer exercise enthusiasts and athletes age, healthcare professionals are treating more overuse injuries, as well as dealing with the results of traumatic injuries experienced by people when they were younger. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) convened a symposium on Overuse Injuries in the Baby Boomer, the Results of Years of Abuse at its 55th Annual Meeting."
Then why are so many of them, as in the majority, so fat?

The disconnect between research and real life.

Sport And Exercise Not Working For Today's Kids

So close to a lucid moment and yet so far. This guy is another person with an agenda and a foolish contraption to sell.
"'The traditional panacea to combat childhood obesity has always been centered on sports and traditional fitness exercises. In my opinion, this strategy has simply not worked,' stated Jim Teatum former head of the US fitness giant Nautilus."

But, no:
"'Sport and fitness, whatever form they may take, by nature discriminate against the overweight, deconditioned, and uncoordinated. By perpetuating a feeling of low self esteem, they actually discourage these children from becoming fit.'"
They do not "discriminate" anymore than a test or quiz discriminates in favor of the prepared mind and against the lazy jerk who did not study.
"Teatum continued: 'How successful have traditional solutions been? The answer is that in the last 20 years the prevalence of obesity has more than doubled in children, nearly tripled in teenagers, and two thirds of the adult population is overweight, as reported by the US Centers for Disease Control. The cause is the choice kids make in their diet and physical activities. Inactivity has increased as the technology of Game Boy, Xbox and computer games have become part of the youth culture, resulting in an average of thirty hours per week of sedentary 'screen time'".
Now for the sales pitch.
"Southern California company XerGames Technology Inc. is working to turn the problem into the solution. By integrating today's technology with activity solutions called exergames, the company is generating huge participation in physical activities by previously inactive children and teenagers."
HUGE participation! HUGE!

And it makes you smart, to boot! Ultimate smart, no less.
"'We believe exergaming provides today's exercise solution for today's kids. The research suggests that exergames can provide the ultimate brain and body work out,' said Teatum, currently the Chief Marketing Officer of XerGames Technology Inc."
But does it make you smart enough NOT to buy this piece of crap?

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Locusts May Provide The Key To Obesity

You know we are making real headway and are oh-so-close when we have narrowed down the "cure" for too fat to locusts.
"Locusts may appear to have little to do with Australia's obesity epidemic, but research into what drives the appetite of these pests is providing clues as to why so many humans may be overweight or obese.

According to research by Professor Stephen Simpson of the University of Sydney, locusts keep eating until they take in enough protein. And he says humans could be doing the same which may explain the obesity crisis.

'If you feed locusts a low-protein, high-carbohydrate diet they will gorge themselves until they reach their 'protein target'. So they over-eat carbohydrate and fat in an effort to get enough protein,' said Professor Simpson."
Walk for the cure - cancer; hop for the cure - too fat.

Mainstream Health Coverage Rated Unsatisfactory

So where is the news here?
"Most health coverage in the mainstream media fails to address the costs, harms, and benefits of medical products and procedures, according to the publisher of, a Web site that grades journalists.

The coverage also usually ignores the quality of the evidence and the existence of other options, said Gary Schwitzer, B.A., of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, who worked for 30 years as consumer healthcare journalist in radio, television, interactive multimedia, and the Internet...

The findings come from an examination of 500 stories during the first 22 months of the Web site, which started publishing evaluations of health news stories in April 2006. Schwitzer, an associate professor of journalism, is publisher of the Web site.

The 22 months of reviews are 'the clearest picture yet available of how major newspapers, magazines, and television networks cover treatments, tests, products, and procedures,' he said."
Trusting the MSM and its spokespersons, like Oprah, is an idiot's endeavor. (see here, here, here, here, here, here and here)

Exercise Cuts Cancer Deaths In Men

Hey, fat guy! Cancer or not?
"Men who exercise often are less likely to die from cancer than those who don't, new research published in the British Journal of Cancer* revealed yesterday.

A team of scientists from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden looked at the effect of physical activity and cancer risk in 40,708 men aged between 45 and 79.

The seven year study found that men who walked or cycled for at least 30 minutes a day had a 34 per cent lower risk of dying from cancer than the men who did less exercise or nothing at all...

Lead author, Professor Alicja Wolk, said: 'These results clearly show for the first time, the effect that very simple and basic daily exercise such as walking or cycling has in reducing cancer death risk in middle-age and elderly men.'"
Maybe you should consider moving that fat ass of yours.

Combining Exercise With Hormone Could Prevent Weight Gain

Stupid research. One good point, though.
"Heralded as a promising obesity treatment, the hormone leptin lost its fat-fighting luster when scientists discovered overweight patients were resistant to its effects. But pairing leptin with just a minor amount of exercise seems to revive the hormone's ability to fight fat again, University of Florida researchers recently discovered.

The combination of leptin and a modest dose of wheel running prevented obese rats on a belt-busting, high-fat diet from gaining weight, even though neither tactic worked alone, say UF researchers, writing in the journal Diabetes.

'They don't run enough to use sufficient energy to prevent weight gain,' said Philip Scarpace, Ph.D., a professor of pharmacology and therapeutics in the UF College of Medicine and the senior author of the study. 'What the act of running appears to do is allow the leptin to work again. It's a demonstration that this simple act can reverse leptin resistance.'"
In this way, fat people are like the rats - they "don't run enough to use sufficient energy to prevent weight gain."

Almost no one does since exercise is a terribly inefficient way to shed weight.

Current Vitamin D Recommendations Merely A Fraction Of Safe And Perhaps Essential Levels For Children

Still think they have any idea what a "healthy" supplement is and how much you "need"?
"The current recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin D for children is 200 International Units (IUs), but new research reveals that children may need and can safely take ten-times that amount. According to a recently accepted report in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), this order-of-magnitude increase could improve the bone health of children worldwide and may have other long-term health benefits.

"Our research reveals that vitamin D, at doses equivalent to 2,000 IUs a day, is not only safe for adolescents, but it is actually necessary for achieving desirable vitamin D levels," said Ghada El-Haff Fuleihan, M.D., of the American University of Beirut-Medical Center, Lebanon, and lead author of the study."
If they cannot get the fundamentals right, the tougher stuff will be even wrong-er.