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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Researchers Verify Link Between Type 2 Diabetes And Diet

Not again. Let's keep doing the same things over and over.
"Three studies published in the July 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine address diet and risk of type 2 diabetes."
Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

Guess it is still not good to be a fatso.

Muscular Strength in Men Linked to Lower All-Cause and Cancer Mortality

Train. (not the choo-choo kind)
"'Muscular strength is inversely and independently associated with death from all causes and cancer in men, even after adjusting for cardiorespiratory fitness and other potential confounders,' the study authors write."
Live long and strong.

New Yorkers try to swallow calorie sticker shock

So what?
"New Yorkers have been in the throes of sticker shock since this spring when the Big Apple became the first city in the country to implement a law forcing chain restaurants to post the calorie count of each food in the same size and font as the price."
Will it make a difference?
"Despite the eye-opening revelations, whether New Yorkers will switch to lower calorie meals remains to be seen. They may just switch menus.

That’s what Fowler, the woman who was dining recently with her friends at T.G.I. Friday's, decided to do.

'I’m so upset,' she said, noting some entrees — like the Jack Daniels ribs and shrimp dinner — contain almost 2,000 calories, and the desserts were more of the same (the brownie obsession is 1,500 calories). 'I wish they wouldn’t have done this.'

But then Fowler noticed that the waiter had handed her friend an old menu, which didn’t have calorie counts on it.

'You got a menu without anything on it?' she asked her friend. 'Can I have yours?'”
Fat people are so creative.

But not creative enough, apparently, to use the new law to their weight loss advantage.

Take Your Licks

Guess which group of morons forgot their previous article?

(Don't forget, the title is a link to the current article.)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

86 Per Cent Of American Adults May Be Obese By 2030

Damn those holdouts.
"Roughly 86 percent of Americans age 18 and older may be overweight or obese by 2030 and related health care costs would double every decade and could reach $956.9 billion in 2030 - 1 of every 6 health care dollars spent -- according to a new study published online by the journal, Obesity on July 24. The study was authored in part by Lan Liang, Ph.D., with the federal government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and was led by Youfa Wang, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of International Health and Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health."
I will bet those dollars to the fatsos donuts that the amount spent will be significantly more.
"Obesity and overweight are especially worrisome because of their impact on quality of life, premature death, and health care, as well as associated costs. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of many health problems including diabetes, stroke, heart disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, breast cancer and certain other types of cancer. If the rise in current rates of overweight and obesity continue, as most experts believe they will, future adults may have shorter life-spans than the current generation."
Not hardly.

If they were such "worrisome" things, people would do something about them.
"The authors also estimate that by 2022, about 80 percent of adults may be overweight or obese, and 100 percent could be by 2048. But the prevalence will reach 100 percent in black women by 2034."

By 2048 we will have gotten those holdouts.

Surprising Secrets Of Slimming Down

CBS = Complete Bull S**t.
"Eating less and exercising more - but still having trouble shedding those excess pounds?

There are other things you can do that you might mot have thought of, observed Early Show medical contributor Dr. Mallika Marshall Saturday..."
Another IMHO stupid/crooked doc, this Mallika Marshall.

It is a 100% impossibility not to lose weight if one is "eating less" (fewer Calories in than out) and "exercising more" (burning more Calories than are consumed).

(Though "exercise" remains a terribly inefficient way to lose weight. (see here, here and here))

To fail at this, you must either be eating more Calories than you are burning or burning fewer Calories than you are eating. (or burning exactly what you eat = stable weight)

There is no "secret," "surprising" or not, that can or ever will change this universal fact.

And by now it should be neither a secret nor a surprise, that you are being conned by these IMHO crooks, liars, thieves, charlatans and MSM scum.

Fight back.

Contact the FTC and file a complaint.

Remove the pollution from our airwaves.

Gene tags 'fuel obesity epidemic'

"The obesity crisis could deepen as the womb chemicals of increasingly overweight mothers set their baby's future risk, say US scientists.

A study, in the International Journal of Obesity, showed mice genetically prone to obesity getting fatter generation by generation.

"Epigenetic" tags, which affect the function of our genes, may be responsible, they say."
The proof is the "cure."
"However, the researchers countered this effect in the mice through diet."
No matter the bogeyman, the "cure" will always be fewer Calories in than out.


And the only "gene tags fuel[ing] the obesity epidemic" are the tags that suggest that there is a genetic component at all.

Although Coronary Heart Disease Patients Live Longer, Their Quality Of Life Is Questionable

The appearance of "we are healthier."
"Better treatments have improved survival in people with coronary heart disease, but the quality of those extra years may be less than ideal, according to research reported in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Compared with adults without coronary heart disease (CHD), adults with CHD scored up to 9 percent lower on four scales measuring "quality of life." Patients with coronary heart disease were more likely to say they had poorer quality of life, or describe themselves as sick, said lead author Jipan Xie, M.D., Ph.D., former health scientist in the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga."
This is how they do the smoke and mirrors "we are healthier" trick.

They get you to live longer and then equate that with "healthier," even though life is worse.

This fools you into thinking that you can do well on their drugs, from their surgeries and by paying them money for these generally unnecessary services to rescue you from self-caused problems.

Clearly, you are better off not needing them.

One way is to get fit.

Think about it.

No, better yet, do it.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Obesity Is No. 1 Health Concern For Kids In 2008

So what?
"As children's waistlines continue to grow, so have concerns about childhood obesity.

According to a report released by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern for kids in 2008, topping smoking and drug abuse. In 2007, childhood obesity ranked third among parents' top 10 overall health concerns for kids."
So what?
"'The National Poll on Children's Health report clearly shows that adults in America are very concerned about the problem of childhood obesity and its causes,' says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the National Poll on Children's Health."
So what?

They are the cause.

So what are they gonna do?


And in between whines, eat and feed their fat kids, I'll bet.

But, if you want to do something that will work, go here.

Low-Sodium Advice For Asthmatics Should Be Taken With A Grain Of Salt

Still think they have any idea about what is a "healthy" diet?
"Following a low-sodium diet does not appear to have any appreciable impact of asthma control as once thought, according to new research."
Are you still stupid?

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, the thoughts they are a-changin'.

So stay with what will never change.

The Laws of Thermodynamics.

Fighting Diabetes Is A Family Affair

Now there is no hope.

Once the family is needed, the war is lost.
"Probing relatives about a history of type 2 diabetes in the family and tackling an unhealthy lifestyle as a family, could be the answer to curbing Australia's diabetes epidemic, according to health professionals. Launching National Diabetes Week in Melbourne this week, National President of Diabetes Australia, Dr Gary Deed, encouraged Australians to discuss any family history of type 2 diabetes with loved-ones."
It is usually these very "loved-ones," e.g., parents, who are the problem.
" 'If both your parents have type 2 diabetes, you will have a one in two chance of developing the condition yourself. Families need to talk about diabetes, assess their risk and see their doctor for a full risk assessment,' said Dr Deed."
Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

Most people do not exactly "develop" Type 2 diabetes, as one, for example, "develops" breasts or facial hair.

They eat their way to Type 2 diabetes.

One "develops" Type 2 diabetes as one "develops" a drinking problem.

Fat parents have fat kids.

Fat kids are more likely to get Type 2 diabetes.

It is the family that is the problem.

If these fatsos wanted to fight diabetes in the first place, they would not have gotten so fat and ruined their kids lives, too.
"He said while it was impossible to change our genes, there were ways to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes."
And with help from a moron like this doc, since becoming too fat is not a genetic issue, for sure the Type 2 diabetics are screwed.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Larger Patients Seek Less Lecturing, Better Health Care

"Larger patients" are more commonly known as "fat people."
"If you're a heavy person, you probably dread medical visits that seem to center on weight, regardless of whether you come in for an unrelated complaint or a routine screening. Even so, don't let that stop you from getting the health care you deserve."
Part of "the health care you deserve," fatso, is telling you to lose weight.
"Hanne Blank, a 39 year-old Baltimore writer, describes herself as larger or fat, not obese or overweight. 'Overweight? Over what weight? Over whose weight?'"
Hey, Hanne! A rose by any other name...A pig by any other name. Get it?
"Some doctors suffer from 'fat distraction,' Blank says. 'They get excitable about fat and overweight and find it hard to pay attention to anything else. You have to help them get past this; they're stuck.'"
Hanne suffers from "fat blindness" wherein her eyelids must be so fat she cannot see clearly.

Read it all.

It is funny in the same sad sort of way that a moron would be trying to convince you that 1+1=3 because they are so stupid that they believe it.

In any event, here is a very short "lecture" to these fat idiots...

"F**k you. Lose weight. Shut up."

Oh, yeah. And pay for your own sick care.

Smoking linked to decrease in uterine cancer risk

More good news for modern smokers.
"Cigarette smoking appears to be associated with a decreased risk of cancer of the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus, research from China suggests."
This is becoming like a scene from Woody Allen's "Sleeper."

BTW, where does the cigarette go for maximum benefit?

Neighborhood may affect high blood pressure risk

Excusinators gone wild!
"Researchers found that people who lived in neighborhoods with more opportunities for exercise, less crime, better grocery stores and a closer sense of community had a lower risk having high blood pressure -- independent of factors such as income and education level.

The findings, published in the journal Epidemiology, suggest that building better neighborhoods might also improve residents' cardiovascular health.

Walkable streets, recreational areas and better access to healthy foods may make it easier for people to exercise and maintain a healthy diet, explained Dr. Ana V. Diez Roux, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor and a co-researcher on the study."
Wanna bet?

There are no "healthy" foods.

There is only healthy eating.

Criminals, a relative non-factor, also like to live in nice areas, I'll wager.

You think building "better neighborhoods" (whatever those are) will keep them out?

Besides what better opportunity for the recommended vigorous exercise than running for your life?

And think of all the great heart rate elevation that worry causes.

But, there is a catch to this study.
"The study participants were surveyed about the conditions in the mile surrounding their home -- including whether they felt safe, whether nearby markets had a good selection of fruits and vegetables, and whether it was easy to walk in the neighborhood. They were also asked about the neighborhood's 'social cohesion' -- including whether their neighbors were generally friendly and willing to help each other out.

Overall, Diez Roux and her colleagues found that people who lived in the most walkable neighborhoods were about one quarter less likely to have high blood pressure than those in the least pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods.

The researchers found similar differences when they looked at neighborhood safety, availability of healthy foods and social cohesion. The links did diminish, however, when the investigators factored in study participants' race and ethnicity."
Did you notice it?

"The links did diminish, however, when the investigators factored in study participants' race and ethnicity."

Maybe, excusinators, it is not the neighborhood after all.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

The True Cost of the 100-Calorie Snack Pack

Who could have seen this coming?
"A study released last month by the University of Chicago's Journal of Consumer Research supports Ludwig's assertion that people are now gobbling multiple bite-size packs in one sitting.

The study cites a psychological effect suggesting that the smaller 'sins,' i.e. smaller portions, can 'fly under the radar' while chowing down on bigger bags seems to make a larger dent in a day's perceived food intake.

The study concludes that smaller packages may psychologically help exert a feeling of self-control, but the simple decision to buy a pack of smaller packaged items is sometimes the extent of the control. After that, consumers 'let their guard down,' having already exerted some amount of self regulation, according to the study."

Of course, with the involvement of ABCNews, there has to be some stupidity/con from an ersatz expert.
"'One hundred calorie packs are, in my view, a clever marketing ploy that's bad for consumers and bad for the environment,' Dr. David Ludwig, director of the Optimal Weight for Life Clinic at the Children's Hospital Boston, told"
The scam here is the "Optimal Weight for Life Clinic."

"Optimal" is unknowable and "a clever marketing ploy that's bad for consumers" but good for Ludwig and his hospital.

Far be it from ABCNews to ask this IMHO con about it.

Study: When kids become teens, they get sluggish

"One of the largest studies of its kind shows just how sluggish American children become once they hit the teen years: While 90 percent of 9-year-olds get a couple of hours of exercise most days, fewer than 3 percent of 15-year-olds do.

What's more, the study suggests that fewer than a third of teens that age get even the minimum recommended by the government — an hour of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, like cycling, brisk walking, swimming or jogging."
Of course, government "exercise" recommendations are insane.
"The new findings come just a week after an influential pediatricians group recommended that more children have their cholesterol checked and that some as young as 8 should be given cholesterol-lowering drugs. That advice was partly out of concern over future levels of heart disease and other ailments linked to rising rates of childhood obesity.

The latest study, appearing in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked about 1,000 U.S. children at various ages, from 2000 until 2006."
Of course, AMA weight loss recommendations are insane.

But none of this is the point.

The point is that no increase in BMI would occur and no one would become overweight/obese when activity fell if people learned the skills to controlling caloric intake.

But since diet advice is insane, people never learn the skills.

Adults fail, so they fail their kids.
"'Making exercise fun is important, because if you do, you won't even realize if you're exercising,' she said."
And BTW, this "making exercise fun is important" stuff is crap.

Teaching kids and adults that not everything that is good for you is fun is way more important.

Fun is not a necessary condition precedent to success or satisfaction or achievement or accomplishment.

I do not find paying for the illnesses of these slothful, irresponsible adults and their fat, sick kids fun.

Can I opt out?

Can you?

F**k 'em. Let them pay for themselves.

Now that might be fun.

Feeling hungry can make you happy

"Contrary to the moans of many dieters, being hungry may make you happy. Or, at least, it can be a serious motivator whose evolutionary intent was to help you find dinner instead of becoming dinner."
Tell it to dieters, then.

Explain to them how happy they are.

See how far that gets you.

Laparoscopic gastric bypass provides better results

The positive spinmeisters on medical malpractice.
"Obesity surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is growing in popularity and more and more of these operations are being done using a laparoscope, note co-authors Dr. Wendy E. Weller, from the University at Albany in New York, and Dr. Carl Rosati, from Albany Medical Center...

On average, performing laparoscopic rather than open gastric bypass reduced the hospital stay by about 1 day.

The average total charges were similar for the two procedures, but median total charges were significantly higher with laparoscopic gastric bypass: $30,033 vs. $28,107 respectively."
It is likely that these "average total charges" were only hospital charges and did not include follow-up medical visits for life, psychological counseling, nutritionist charges, complications and re-dos, etc.

It is far cheaper and easier to lose weight naturally and properly.

It is also smarter.

But smart is not the strong suit of a fat person.

Otherwise, why did they get so fat?

Saturday, July 26, 2008

How retailers get in your head to get you to buy

The morons at MSNBC use similar tricks to con you into believing their drivel.

But there is one important point in this article re: overweight/obesity.
"And when math is involved, most of us can't cope. For example: See if you can calculate the total savings in the setup: 20 percent off the original price plus an additional 25 percent off the sale price. How much is that item marked down? If you said 45 percent off, then your math skills are as pitiful as the 85 percent of college students who also got this wrong in a study last year by researchers at the University of Miami and the University of Minnesota. The right answer: 40 percent off."
Innumeracy or crappy math skills.

Too fat is a math problem. Too many Calories in relative to Calories out. (there is also a physics component, unnecessary for weight loss)

Too fat is not and will never be a medical or any other type of problem than a math problem.

Because it is a math matter, people are easily conned by IMHO predators like Oprah, Oz, Greene, Katz, Cruise, Zinczenko, McGraw, the sick care industry, Big White, Big Pharma, the government and the other unsavory players in the weight loss game.

These people and entities are, IMHO, your killers and your children's killers.

Who can rescue you and your kids (besides me)?

Read this rant.

It presents an almost idiot-proof way to reliably reduce Calories by a known amount on a regular basis. ("Almost idiot-proof" since idiots are so ingenious compared to mere fools.)

Then think about it.

It is a what works world. You can make this work for you.

More Are Failing To Recognise They Have A Weight Problem

How stupid are we?
"More and more people are failing to recognise they are overweight, despite an actual rise in the number of people who are clinically "overweight" or "obese", according to research published on today.

It is well known that women often view themselves as 'too fat' while men typically underestimate their weight. But how far has people's perception of their weight changed with the growing obesity epidemic?"
"Researchers from the Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London, compared data taken from two household surveys carried out in 1999 and 2007. In each survey participants were asked to give their height and weight (from which their Body Mass Index (BMI) and clinical weight category could be determined) and also categorise themselves as either: 'very underweight', 'underweight', 'about right', 'overweight' or 'very overweight'. The 2007 survey also included 'obese' as a category.

Professor Jane Wardle and colleagues found the proportion of respondents whose weight placed them in the clinically obese category had nearly doubled in eight years from 11% in 1999 to 19% in 2007. Yet, those whose weight put them in the overweight category were less likely to think that they were overweight in 2007 than in 1999.

In 1999, 43% of the population had a BMI that put them in the overweight or obese range, of whom 81% correctly identified themselves as overweight. But in 2007, 53% of the population had a BMI in the overweight or obese range, but only 75% of these correctly classed themselves as overweight.

The researchers suggest that the growing division between actual and perceived weight may be due to overweight becoming more widespread in the population and the appearance of mild overweight being increasingly accepted as 'normal'. These changes may have increased the level at which people perceive themselves to be overweight."
More proof that for many, as in the fat, the cranium is a hollow organ filled with bowel gas.

Thoughts Of Death Make Us Eat More Cookies - Research Reveals How Watching TV Crime Shows Triggers Overeating

Self-fulfilling prophecy.
"According to new research by Dirk Smeesters, Associate Professor of Marketing at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, people who are thinking about their own deaths want to consume more...

Smeesters and Mandel explain this effect using a theory called 'escape from self-awareness'. When people are reminded of their inevitable mortality, they may start to feel uncomfortable about what they have done with their lives and whether they have made a significant mark on the universe. This is a state called 'heightened self-awareness.' One way to deal with such an uncomfortable state is to escape from it, by either overeating or overspending."
Eat hearty, losers (gainers?).

Obesity ups a woman's pancreatic cancer risk: study

Kudos, fatsos.
"Obese women who carry most of their extra weight around the stomach are 70 percent more likely to develop pancreatic cancer, an international team of researchers reported on Tuesday.

The findings suggest are some of the first evidence that the link between obesity and pancreatic cancer is as strong in women as in men, Juhua Luo of Sweden's Karolinska Institute and colleagues reported in the British Journal of Cancer."

Pancreatic cancer is an almost certain way to lose weight.

Though it might be a little late in the process.

Whatever. It was your choice.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Physical fitness may slow Alzheimer brain atrophy

What to believe?

"Getting a lot of exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease, a preliminary study suggests. Analysis found that participants who were more physically fit had less brain shrinkage than less-fit participants. However, they didn't do significantly better on tests for mental performance."
Or this?
"Nicotine drug 'may slow dementia'

Nicotine-based drugs may help delay the moment a person with dementia has to enter a care home, say researchers.

Nicotine has toxic effects, and carries a strong risk of addiction, but scientists have shown it can also boost learning, memory and attention."
Tough choice.

Still think they have any idea what is good for you?

Food aimed at kids has poor nutrition value

"Most food products aimed specifically at children have poor nutritional content even though more than half of the products are marketed to the contrary, according to a Canadian study released on Monday.

The study, done by the University of Calgary, found that nine out of 10 food items provided poor nutritional value because of high levels of sugar, fat or sodium.

Just under 70 percent of the products - which excluded soft drinks, and confectionary and bakery items - derived a high proportion of their calories from sugar.

One in five had high fat levels, and 17 percent had high sodium levels.

Even so, 62 percent of the products with poor nutritional quality made positive claims on the front of the packaging, amid increasing concerns over childhood obesity."
There are no healthy foods, only healthy eating.
"'Parents may have questions about which packaged foods are good for their children,' said lead researcher Charlene Elliott in a statement.

'Yet certain nutritional claims may add to the confusion, as they can mislead people into thinking the whole product is nutritious,' she added."
And if parents, who control the pursestrings, want their kids to only eat certain foods, then they should be the adults, learn something about their nutritional biases and not believe everything they read.

It is always someone else's fault, isn't it?

School Lunch Programs Hit Hard by Food Prices

"Add schools to the list of places hit hard by rising food prices.

The school lunch program — long a reliable source of food for kids — is having serious trouble making cheap, healthy meals."

"Healthy meal" are cheap meals.

Fewer Calories cost fewer dollars.

Be thankful for this bright light, it might save many kids.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Watch your waistline: Fat men have bad sperm

Not bad enough, apparently.
"Too many fatty foods are dangerous not only to men's waistlines, but to their sperm production.

In research presented Wednesday at a meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, scientists found that obese men have worse sperm than normal-weight men.

"There is a very long list of health hazards from being overweight," said Ghiyath Shayeb, the study's lead researcher at the University of Aberdeen. "Now we can add poor semen quality to the list."

But experts aren't sure if that necessarily means obese men face major difficulties having children."


Too bad.

They can still bring abused children into this world.

The Internet, Alcohol, And Sleep: That May Contribute To Weight Gain In Adolescent Girls, Journal Of Pediatrics

More garbage from pediatricians, the same people who bring you drugged children.
"Girls moving through adolescence may experience unhealthy levels of weight gain, but the reasons for this are not always clear. In fact, many potential causes of weight gain are easily overlooked. A new study soon to be published in The Journal of Pediatrics analyzes the effect of Internet usage, sleep, and alcohol and coffee consumption on weight gain in adolescent girls."
The reason for weight gain is always clear and it is always the same - more Calories in than out.

This is the absolute most basic scientific truth, like gravity.

Not a single one of these "activities" would cause or could cause a gram of weight gain if these ballooning kids consumed fewer Calories than they burned or the same number of Calories they burned.

Sit around - consume the same or fewer Calories than you burn and you cannot gain weight.

Move around - consume more Calories, but not more than you burn (for weight loss or a stable weight).

More crap research from drug pusher docs.

Health Benefits, Anti-Aging Potential Prompts New Interest In Wild Blueberries

Wonder who wrote this one?
"The new generation of healthy eaters is eschewing old adages about relying on the usual fruits to keep the doctor away. Instead, they are adopting the Wild Blueberry as their new dietary favorite. Promising research about the Wild Blueberry has encouraged today's eaters to go "wild" over the nutrient-rich fruit. New interest in eating well and maintaining health by eating whole foods, natural foods, and organic foods, as well as getting the optimum number of servings of fruits and vegetables per day, has contributed to the swell of interest, prompting many to seek original ways to integrate Wild Blueberries into their diet."
And what is all the promotion about?
"Recent discoveries that attribute potential health benefits to antioxidants such as anthocyanin, anti-inflammatories and other natural compounds found in the deep blue pigment of Wild Blueberries, are adding to its allure."
No mention, though, about the "recent discoveries that attribute potential health HARMS to antioxidants..."

So who wrote it?

"Wild Blueberry Association of North America"
Not a maybe.

A definite "Yes."

Diabetes makes people more vulnerable to TB: study

Kudos, fatsos.
"Diabetes makes a person about three times as likely to develop tuberculosis, and it may be to blame for more than 10 percent of TB cases in India and China, researchers said on Monday.

'With an estimated 171 million people afflicted with diabetes, a figure which is expected to double by year 2030, it is clear that (diabetes) constitutes a substantial contributor to the current and future burdens of TB globally,' epidemiologist Megan Murray, who conducted the research with Harvard colleague Christie Jeon, said by e-mail from Rwanda."
At least TB is a way to lose weight.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New AHA Obesity Statement Urges Clinicians to Think Beyond Clinical Treatment and Prevention

Crooks, cons and failures.
"Think bigger: that's the thrust of the American Heart Association's (AHA) new scientific statement on obesity prevention [1]. To have any meaningful impact on the obesity epidemic, clinicians need to go beyond clinical prevention and treatments for obesity and use influence and advocacy to effect social and environmental change, authors of the statement say."
These are the same great thinkers that have been unable to get us out of this mess despite years of efforts.
"'The main point of the statement is that we need to place more emphasis on population-based and preventive approaches than we have to date,' Dr Shiriki K Kumanyika (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia), lead author on the statement, told heartwire. 'This point has been made in different ways before, in different kinds of documents, and it's being made globally, but we are still in the process of educating health professionals about what this actually means and why it's needed.… It's inefficient to put all your eggs in the basket of screening and treating the individual.'"
The only good thing about this is the admission that sick care and its tools cannot deal with the matter of overweight/obesity.

But AHA does not go far enough. They should admit that overweight/obesity are not medical problems at all.
"The statement emphasizes the need for changes that would help people make better food choices and be more physically active. Examples include things like limiting the availability of high-fat, low-fiber foods and sugary drinks, reducing restaurant portion sizes, reconsidering the location of fast-food restaurants, and thinking more creatively about community design and infrastructure to enhance 'walkability' of neighborhoods and commutes between home, school, and recreation."
Though some of these approaches have limited value, real value is found in rewarding the good, not rewarding the bad and not punishing the good.

Once we stop penalizing socially and calorically responsible people by forcing them to underwrite the rescue and repair of the socially and calorically irresponsible fat people and make fat people pay for their diseases of choice, you will see a change.
"'In a way it's like the tobacco scenario, when people realized there were some broad policies that could be made that would change the options that people had,' Kumanyika explained. 'With food it's trickier, because food is not inherently harmful...'"
Yet this paternalistic/maternalistic AHA scum wants to punish people who relate to food responsibly by increasing costs and decreasing choice.

And BTW, it is not "like the tobacco scenario." Smoking cessation is a result, in no small part, of targeting the behavior itself by increasing the costs of tobacco, increasing sick care costs to smokers and making cigarettes less available to certain segments of the population. (the last makes some sense for Calories and is doable via Gram Shop Acts)

The best approach remains letting fat people enjoy/experience the consequences of their choices and let the chips (and fish) fall where they may.

School Lunch Reimbursement Rates Increase But Additional Funding Still Needed To Cover Food Cost Hikes

"The Federal Register announced a statutory 4.3% annual increase in the federal reimbursement provided to school nutrition programs. However, the increased reimbursement does not cover the estimated 11.6% increase in the cost of preparing and serving nutritious meals that schools have witnessed this year. The School Nutrition Association estimates that the average full cost to prepare a healthy school lunch is approximately $2.88, compared to the new federal reimbursement provided to cover that cost, set today at $2.57."
Eating healthily is cheaper than eating unhealthily since one consumes fewer Calories and fewer Calories cost less than more Calories.

But, too much is still being spent.

The best way to save money is to fire anyone who belongs to SNA, a harmful, worthless organization.

The savings can then be used to buy other things.

Study: It's a fat world, after all

Who knew?
"If current trends hold, more than half the world's population will be overweight or obese by 2030, U.S. researchers say.

Their study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, found one-third of the world's population is already considered overweight or obese...

The study finds that as of 2005, approximately 23.2 percent of the world's adult population was overweight and 9.8 percent was obese. Roughly 937 million adults were overweight and 396 million were obese. If those trends continue, the number of overweight individuals will more than double to 2.16 billion by 2030 and the number of obese adults will grow to 1.12 billion during the same time period."
This was clearly impossible to see coming.

Want To Lose Weight? Keep A Food Diary

Not true.
"US researchers working on a study comparing approaches to weight loss, found that keeping a food diary can double weight loss as part of a managed programme; they said that the more food records they kept, the more weight the participants lost...

The trial, known as the Weight Loss Maintenance (WLM) trial, was a a randomized trial conducted at four centers to compare different approaches to maintaining weight loss over a period of 30 months. The August paper describes the results from Phase I, the first 6 months of the trial...

1,685 overweight or obese (Body Mass Index or BMI in range 25 to 45 kg/m2) participants aged 25 and over and who were taking blood pressure and/or antidyslipidemia medication (eg cholesterol busters) took part in 20 weekly group sessions to encourage them to restrict their calorie intake, take part in daily moderate to intense physical exercise for half an hour a day, and modify their diet according to the DASH (dietary approaches to stop hypertension) guidelines."
It was journaling AND "weekly group sessions to encourage them to restrict their calorie intake, take part in daily moderate to intense physical exercise for half an hour a day, and modify their diet."
Clearly, not for the individual wanting to do it on his or her own.

Clearly, a food diary alone was not used.

And how well did these people do in the face of all this intense supervision (and the diary?)
"The average weight loss among all the participants was about 13 pounds (5.9 kilos)"
Or barely over 2 pounds per month.

And how much other effort, in addition to the diary and 20 weekly meetings, did this take?
"The average reported amount of time spent in moderate to intense physical exercise was 117 minutes a week (nearly 2 hours)"
Six months comprises 26 weeks. This is 52 hours of "exercise."

How much weight did most people lose?
"'[J]ust nine pounds, like the majority of people in this study did...'"
So for nine pounds, it took 52 hours of exercise, 20 weekly sessions, six months of time, 1 food diary and a partridge in a pear tree.

And this was a success.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008

NYC chain restaurants posting calories on menus

Well, whaddya know?
"A new rule requiring New York chain restaurants to post calorie information on their menus took effect on Friday, marking a first for a U.S. city...

New Yorkers appeared unfazed by the rule, and some said they would not be dissuaded from ordering a 540-calorie Big Mac at McDonald's or a 440-calorie Iced lemon Loaf at Starbucks.

'I'm going to eat whatever I'm going to eat,' said Erika Roberson, 19, leaving an Applebee's restaurant in Brooklyn...

Analysts said they did not expect the rule to have much impact on consumer habits.

'I'd be shocked if consumers weren't already aware that when they're eating in a fast-food restaurant, the cheeseburgers and fries and fountain drinks, are not healthy,' said Morningstar analyst John Owens.

'People don't go to McDonald's for a healthy lunch. They go for a fast-food burger and fries,' he said.

A city study last year found 30 percent of New Yorkers were consuming more than 1,000 calories at lunchtime.

Officials say the rule could prevent at least 150,000 New Yorkers from becoming obese and prevent at least 30,000 from developing diabetes over the next five years."
"Could prevent."

Not would or will prevent.

Wanna bet on the outcome?

BTW, if you know John Owens, please educate him as to there are no "healthy" foods, there is only healthy eating.


American Diabetes Association Urges Congress To Examine Ravages Of Childhood Obesity And Type 2 Diabetes

With all the talk of fat person diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, we sometimes forget there is an insipid form - diabetes insipidus.

Thanks to the ADA for reminding us how insipid it can be.
"The American Diabetes Association (ADA) today, applauded Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT), Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and members of the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families for holding a hearing on, 'Childhood Obesity: The Declining Health of America's Next Generation.' Appearing before the Committee was Francine Kaufman, M.D., a prominent pediatric endocrinologist, past president of the ADA, and a distinguished professor of Pediatrics and Communication at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Kaufman shared compelling information based on her first-hand observations and research as a clinician, about the dangerous rate of childhood obesity cases among children and young adults, and the strong correlation between type 2 diabetes and childhood obesity. According to Kaufman, 'Children who are overweight, obese and unfit are at increased risk of developing high blood pressure, abnormal lipid levels, inflammation in their blood vessels and higher than normal blood sugar levels. These disorders are precursors of diabetes and adult-onset cardiovascular disease.'"
Kaufman is apparently another one of those law-breaking docs who sees fat, abused children and turns a blind eye to her responsibilities under the law, opting instead to hand-wring and lament.
"Kaufman went on to illustrate that one in three children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in his or her life, and that this statistic is nearly one in two for children in minority communities. 'Today, there is no doubt that obesity in youth, along with its associated medical conditions, is the major health challenge of this century,' said Kaufman. 'Despite the efforts of government and public health officials, the number of overweight and obese youth continues to increase. More needs to be done to combat the ever growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes.'"
The problem is clear.

It is not "despite the efforts of government and public health officials, the number of overweight and obese youth continues to increase."

It is because of those efforts. See here and here.

And the ADA has been in their camp all along.

Want to effectively fight childhood overweight/obesity?
The sooner, the better.

High Tofu Intake Linked To Higher Memory Loss

Still think they know what a "healthy" food is?
"People who eat high levels of some soy products, including tofu and other so-called superfoods, may be at an increased risk of memory loss.

Loughborough and Oxford scientists, funded by the Alzheimer's Research Trust, worked with Indonesian colleagues to investigate the effects of high soy consumption in 719 elderly Indonesians living in urban and rural regions of Java.

The researchers' findings, to be published in Dementias and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders later this month, include evidence that a high consumption of tofu is associated with worse memory, particularly among the over 68s."
You must be eating too much tofu.

You forget there are no "healthy" foods, there is only healthy eating.

One in four Chinese 'overweight'

Peking (Beijing) Duck? No. Peking Pig.
"More than 25% of adults in China are now considered overweight or obese, according to new research.

The findings, in the journal Health Affairs, blame declining physical activity and a more Western diet.

The report warns that obesity rates will double by 2028 if the Chinese government fails to take action.

Researchers say what is happening in China could be seen as a marker for what is going to happen in the rest of the developing world."
Clearly it is the government that must take action (surely not individuals) and the likely action it will take will be the failed approaches of the rest of the world.

The "developed" world.

Really, the "overdeveloped," as in the too fat, world.
"The report found that rates of hypertension and diabetes are rising rapidly.

Already about four out of every five deaths in China are due to non-communicable diseases - conditions like heart disease and cancer. An unhealthy diet and weight can be contributing factors."
Does anyone else hear Big Pharma high-fiving?
"But this survey suggests that low income people in rural areas are now more likely to be overweight than those on higher incomes in the cities.

That mirrors the situation in the developed world, where poverty and obesity are often related."
Yep. Overweight/obesity cause poverty, called poveresity.

Welcome to the new era of the Gut Dynasty.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Questioning Government Guidelines For Childhood Physical Activity And The Association With Childhood Obesity

This should not be news to readers of Fitness Watch.
"There were no associations between physical activity and changes in any measure of body mass or fatness over time in either sex (e.g. BMI-SDS: r=-0.02, p=0.76)."
"Exercise" is an awfully inefficient way to approach weight loss if success is your goal.

This is true for kids and adults.

Want efficient and effective ways to lose weight? See here, here, here, here and here.

Want to train and succeed? See here.

Want to fight the liars? See here.

Want the truth about fitness, physical and nutritional?

Stay with Fitness Watch.

Cholesterol drugs recommended for some 8-year-olds

Kudos, fatsos.
"For the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems...

Drug treatment would generally be targeted for kids at least 8 years old who have too much LDL, the 'bad' cholesterol, along with other risky conditions, including obesity and high blood pressure."
More child abuse.

Stop these bad parents.

And these bad docs while you are at it.

Diabetes forcing many amputations

Kudos, fatsos.
"Around 100 people a week in the UK have a limb amputated as a result of diabetes, a charity has claimed.

Diabetes UK highlighted the statistic to raise awareness of the "life-shattering" impact of the illness.

People with diabetes are 15 times more likely to need a lower limb amputation than people without the condition.

Diabetes, which is on the increase, can also cause heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney failure.

People with diabetes are far more likely to develop foot problems, including ulcers, which can get infected and can even lead to gangrene...

There are currently 2.3 million people in the UK with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Type 1 usually develops in childhood while Type 2 is linked to lifestyle factors like obesity.

An extra 500,000 people in the UK have Type 2 diabetes but are unaware of it.

More than one in 10 foot ulcers results in an amputation."
Fat people get Type 2 diabetes.

It is not the "diabetes forcing many amputations."

It is the fatsos.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Weighing Up The Benefits Of Weight Watchers Vs. Fitness Centers

Weight Watchers is crap.

This is not unique to them.

It is true for all weight loss programs based on the conventional stupidity. This includes diets from the sick care industry, Oprah and her experts, other diet gurus, etc.

This study is not a very good one, IMHO.

Yet there is some meaningful information for takeaway.
"These results imply that overweight, sedentary women joining a fitness center with the intent of weight loss or body fat change will likely fail without support and without altering their diets,' Ball said."
Weight loss failure is a certainty for virtually all people without altering diet, i.e., caloric intake.

Support is unnecessary if one pursues a reasonable approach to weight loss and avoids the experts.

It is the severity of expert-recommended dieting that results in the need for support.

And as to exercise, it will never, ever work for weight loss in the absence of effective caloric intake control since exercise is a terribly inefficient way to burn Calories.

First, eat healthily to gain control over your Calories in.

Then, train, not exercise, to distribute your weight towards more lean and less fat.

Until you can control your Calories in, success will elude you.

And following Weight Watchers, or any other bulls**t weight loss program, is not the way to go.

What to Eat When You Need a Fix

This stuff is iffy.

But what is for sure?

It is for sure that whatever you digest from the reading the drivel and spew from the folks at ABCNews re: fitness, is just like eating s**t.
"It's not just what you eat, it's when you eat it.

We all know to drink milk for healthy bones and eat carrots for sharp eyesight, but did you know that the time of day you reach for those protein, fruit or vegetables can make a major difference in energy levels and productivity?

Pam O'Brien, executive editor at Fitness Magazine, joined "Good Morning America Weekend" to share her tips for what to eat to boost your brain power, get instant energy and satisfy your hunger -- when it matters most."
To give you a sense of how stupid Pam, Fitness Mag and ABCNews are, here are a couple references re: the we all know about carrots for sharp eyesight claim: (from ABCNews) (from ABC Australia)
Seems as if we all do not know this "fact."

Same with the other "facts" of Ms. O'Brien and Fitness Mag and ABCNews?

What do you think?

Red Wine Ingredient Could Improve Health In Old Aged

But will it work if you don't have mice?
"An international team of scientists has discovered that taking large doses of a red wine ingredient in mid life can ward off symptoms of aging in mice. The effect was to extend quality rather than length of life."
So you take this stuff and your mice live better, not longer lives.

Why bother?
"The chemical resveratrol, which is present in red wine, reduced a number of symptoms generally associated with aging, bringing such benefits as improved cardiovascular function, greater motor coordination, reduced cataracts and better bone density.

'From a health point of view, the quality of life of these mice at the end of their days is much better.'"
Smart rodents - what with being able to complete a quality of life questionnaire and all.

(Another possibility is that the mice are not so smart but heretofore the cataracts prevented the mice from being able to read and complete the questionnaire. More research is needed.)

As to whether humans will benefit from mega-doses of resveratrol, I am skeptical.

Still, color me happy for Mickey and Minnie.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Employer-Based Weight Loss Programs Are Helpful


It's a lie!

Can you believe it? The MSM and researchers are lying. Huh.
"A new review of studies from UC shows that a little shove from the workplace may actually be the ticket to dropping weight.

According to Michael Benedict, MD, and colleagues at UC, employer-based programs for weight loss are modestly effective at helping workers take off extra pounds."
How "helpful"/"effective"?
"However, Benedict says it was difficult to draw conclusions about weight-loss maintenance.

'Participants in these programs may lose weight, but it is unclear what happens after the fact, as weight maintenance has not been studied,' he says.

There is also minimal data to show how much money employers could save if they start worksite weight-loss programs."
Where were we?

Oh, yeah.


And they never will be as long as impossible, conventional weight loss approaches are pursued.

You want a wellness program that has a possibility of working?

Call me.

Children Still Not Getting Enough Physical Activity

And there never will be "enough" since "exercise" is a terribly inefficient way to control weight.
"According to a new report published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, there needs to be a revision in the UK and the US of the recommended amount of physical activity children need to prevent obesity. Currently, only 42% of boys and about 11% of girls are achieving the weekly recommended levels...

In order to prevent obesity and associated health problems, the guidelines in both the UK and US suggest that moderate physical activity for at least an hour every day is ideal for children. The analysis conducted by Metcalf and colleagues indicated a wide range of physical activity actually measured - from 10 minutes per day to 90 minutes per day...

The authors conclude with a summary of the three main findings from their report: 'First, children who regularly spend more time engaged in physical activity at the intensity recommended by the current guidelines appear to benefit in metabolic health although not in BMI...'"
"Exercise" will never work to control weight for just about anyone of any age.


Weekends Slow Weight Loss

Thank heaven the American Heart Association (AHA) has the solution.
"Saturday can be the worst enemy for our waistlines, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

They found that study subjects on strict diet and exercise programs tend to lose weight more slowly than expected because they eat more on weekends than during the week. The investigators report their findings in the advance online publication of the journal Obesity.

Past research had confirmed that people tend to gain weight during the holidays, particularly between Thanksgiving and New Year's, but this is the first study to carefully monitor daily body weight, calorie intake and calorie expenditure for several weeks throughout a year, and to demonstrate that increased caloric intake isn't just a problem during the holidays. It also happens on most weekends."
The AHA fix?

Do away with weekends!

Since the AHA wants to redo society to accommodate the fat, one more change is no big deal.

New Obesity Treatment Option For NHS Patients As It Emerges Public Want Doctors To Help Obese Patients Lose Weight, UK

Hark! I hear the call of the moron.
"The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued new guidance recommending use of Acomplia® (rimonabant) in England and Wales, within its licensed indications, as an adjunct to diet and exercise for adults who are obese or overweight and who have had an inadequate response to, are intolerant of or are contraindicated to other anti-obesity agents that have previously been reviewed by NICE.

With the growing problem of obesity requiring urgent action and few treatments currently available being suitable for all patients, a further treatment alternative will be of considerable benefit to healthcare professionals...

- 1007 people were asked how much they agreed or disagreed that GPs have a duty to help people lose weight if their obesity puts them at higher risk of associated diseases and if they have already unsuccessfully tried diet and exercise - 76 % agreed (31% agreed strongly, 45% agreed), 17% neither agreed nor disagreed, 5% disagreed, 2% disagreed strongly.

•-1007 people were asked if they wanted to lose weight to improve their health who or what would they turn to for practical help - 46% said they would turn to their GP, 34% to a slimming club, 32% to family, 30% friends, 27% websites, 26% diet books and 10% online groups 10% said 'other', 9% said 'none of the above'. "
Cuckoo. Cuckoo.

The complete absurdity of listening to fat failures tell others how weight should be lost is an exercise in complete stupidity.

It is so completely dumb in fact, that it is perfect. A thing of beauty to behold.

Like idiots designing an educational system.

And the piece de resistance?

The docs and politicians are listening.

(Too bad there is a teeny, weeny fly in the ointment.)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Some Poor Households Opt For Cigarettes Over Food

Less food, less Calories, less fatsos.
"Cigarettes or adequate food is a tough choice for some poor families, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The researchers found that of low-income families, those containing a household head or spouse who smoked cigarettes were at about 6 percent higher risk for being "food insecure" not always able to put enough food on the table...

The choice between smoking and having more food might seem like a no-brainer, but this is not the case, said Terry Pechacek, associate director of science for the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health."
Left to their own devices, humans display real creativity in problem-solving.

The Epigenetics Of Increasing Weight Through The Generations

Techno-babble 'cause it will make no difference.
"Overweight mothers give birth to offspring who become even heavier, resulting in amplification of obesity across generations, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers in Houston who found that chemical changes in the ways genes are expressed - a phenomenon called epigenetics - could affect successive generations of mice.

'There is an obesity epidemic in the United States and it's increasingly recognized as a worldwide phenomenon,' said Dr. Robert A. Waterland, assistant professor of pediatrics - nutrition at BCM and lead author of the study that appears in the International Journal of Obesity. 'Why is everyone getting heavier and heavier? One hypothesis is that maternal obesity before and during pregnancy affects the establishment of body weight regulatory mechanisms in her baby. Maternal obesity could promote obesity in the next generation.'"
Fewer Calories in than out is the "cure" and was the "cure" in this study.

The report, of course, cannot explain how in the developing world fatsos are a new, not generation after generation, phenomenon.

The genetics part is bulls**t.

Fatty Liver Disease May Raise Heart Disease Risk In Overweight, Obese Kids

Kudos, fatsos.
"Researchers performed a case-controlled study of 150 overweight children with biopsy-proven non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and 150 overweight children without NAFLD. Participants were well matched in age (average 12.7 years), sex and severity of obesity. More than half of the children in each group were in the 99th percentile for body mass index.

The overweight children with NAFLD had significant cardiovascular risk including higher levels of fasting glucose, insulin, total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL, "bad" cholesterol), triglycerides and higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure than the control group. The children with NAFLD also had significantly lower levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, "good" cholesterol) than the control group."
Miserable, unfit child abusing parents.

Stop them.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Mother's Diet May Have Long Term Impact On Child's Health

Kudos, fatsos.
"Mothers who eat an unhealthy diet during pregnancy may be putting their children at risk of developing long term, irreversible health issues including obesity, raised levels of cholesterol and blood sugar, according to research published today(1). The study, carried out in rats and funded by the Wellcome Trust, suggests that the effect is even more pronounced in female offspring.

A study published last year carried out by the same team at the Royal Veterinary College, London, showed that rodents which ate a diet rich in fat, sugar and salt whilst pregnant were more likely to give birth to offspring that overate and had a preference for junk food when compared to the offspring of rats given regular feed."
More fetal abuse.

Stop the abusers.

The Hazards Of Too Much Water

More proof that they have no idea what "healthy" eating is about.

They cannot even get water right.
"We've all been told it's important to drink plenty of fluids during exercise. But now it seems too much water can be very dangerous. So which is right? Both. Good hydration is important, but overhydration can be hazardous, even lethal. Common sense and moderation can help protect you from both extremes, reports the July 2008 issue of Harvard Men's Health Watch."
Still, eating healthily is possible if you look in the right place.

Green tea protects against heart disease: study

Why focus on the car when you can get nice floor mats?
"A few cups of green tea each day may help prevent heart disease, Greek researchers said on Wednesday...

The study showed that green tea improves blood flow and the ability of arteries to relax, said Charalambos Vlachopoulos, a cardiologist at the Athens Medical School in Greece who worked on the study..

The researchers gave 14 healthy volunteers either green tea, diluted caffeine or hot water on three separate occasions and then measured the function of endothelial cells lining the circulatory system...

The measurements taken 30, 90 and 120 minutes following consumption showed an almost immediate benefit among people who had drunk green tea, he said...

While the researchers looked only at a short-term impact, Vlachopolous said the team's not-yet-published studies suggest the protection is long lasting."
This report has nothing to do with the title of the article and is another example of MSM lies.

There was no "improvement."

At most, there was change.

There was no protection.

At most, there was "short-term impact."

The volunteers were "healthy."

There was no decreased development of heart disease.

The article is a lie.

The research is stupid.

The conclusion is misleading.

Lose the weight if you are fat.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Health Experts Urge New Approach to Fight Obesity

If they are such experts, why do they need a "new approach"?

Shouldn't the old one(s) have worked?
"The solution, Kumanyika said, is to ensure that those who need to lose weight do not have to go it alone. A population-based prevention of obesity approach would complement individually oriented strategies, including . According to the statement, a broad range of policy and environmental strategies at the local, state and federal levels can help people adopt healthy behaviors, such as being physically active and eating right."
Will not work in, oh, about 1,000,000 years.

But it will make the sick care system money.

Note the "clinic-based prevention and treatment programs."

Crooks. (Brought to you courtesy of ABCNews, I might add. The network of big, fat AdipOprah, David Katz, Mehmet Oz, Jorge Cruise and more.)

Here is what will work.

Forget this sick care garbage.

Let fat people enjoy experiencing the consequences of their actions.

Do not underwrite the costs of their surgeries, pills, etc.

Reward the fit.

Then, you will see change.

Oh yeah, and sue the scum mentioned above (and others like your bariatric surgeon) if you failed to lose weight on their programs or were subjected to needless fat-person surgery.

Exercise recommendations may not curb kids' weight

"Health experts generally recommend that children get at least one hour of moderate exercise each day, but that may not be enough to counter the problem of childhood obesity, a UK study suggests.

Researchers found that among more than 200 British schoolchildren followed from age 5 to age 8, 42 percent of boys and just 11 percent of girls met government-recommended exercise levels.

But even among these children, there was no positive effect on weight control over time, the researchers report in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood...

'We found no association between the amount of physical activity a child did ... and the amount of excess weight they gained,' Metcalf explained.

He said improving children's diets -- which have 'changed markedly' over the past 20 years -- is likely to have a greater impact on their weight and overall health."

Now where have I heard that before, year after year after year?

Oh yeah, I remember.

Here and here.

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Overweight Children Linked to CV Risk

Kudos, fatsos.

Fat kids are generally the result of fat parents.
"Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in overweight and obese children is strongly associated with several cardiovascular risk factors, according to the results of a case control study reported in the June 30 Online First issue and will appear in the July 8 issue of Circulation.

'NAFLD, the most common cause of liver disease in children, is associated with obesity and insulin resistance,' write Jeffrey B. Schwimmer, MD, from the University of California–San Diego, and colleagues."
Stop the child abusers.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Big haul of Crohn's genes shows disease complexity

Still think they will find a genetic "cure" for your overfatness?

Think again, moron. Fat moron, that is.
"Scientists have linked 32 genetic variations to Crohn's disease, a bowel disorder, highlighting the complexity of many common diseases and the difficulties facing researchers seeking treatments.

Scientists said on Sunday that new research had tripled the number of genetic regions implicated in Crohn's, the most common form of inflammatory bowel disease, and many more were probably still undiscovered.

'These explain only about a fifth of the genetic risk, which implies that there may be hundreds of genes implicated in the disease, each increasing susceptibility by a small amount,' said Jeffrey Barrett from the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford, who led the research."
And with overfatness, you can bet it will be even tougher.

One, because there are thousands of genes linked to being too fat.

Two, since the truth is there is no genetic cause for too fat, it will never be found.

(Linked genes don't mean squat. Only cause and effect genes do. And there are none for too fat.)

Summer Fitness for Seniors and More

More stupidity from ABCNews, where morons rule.
"Summer has officially arrived, and for me it is a great reminder to all of us who have been hibernating indoors to go out and get some exercise and a little sun.

Exercise is key to improving fitness, and a little sun will boost critical vitamin D production and contribute to good health overall."

"Exercise" will do almost nothing to improve fitness.

The one thing it is not, is the "key."
"For all of us, regardless of age, the JAMA fitness study is one more reminder that regardless of our body weight and failures with dieting, staying fit by walking 30 minutes most days (even in short increments of, let's say, 10 minutes at a time) can't help but be good in the long run."

In fact, living in this fantasy is harmful.

It keeps people from doing what will work.
"Too often I hear patients who are having trouble losing weight and think it is hopeless to walk or work out. Even if you can't control all that you eat -- or your weight or waist size -- during the many delicious and tempting summer barbecues or at other times, you can feel good that by staying active and fit you will be doing a lot to add good years to your life.

And before you know it you will be losing the dangerous belly fat, which packs extra inches around your waist as well."
This is an absolute lie.

This doc is full of crap.

It is almost impossible to lose weight "exercising" and this is doubly true when you "can't control all that you eat -- or your weight or waist size -- during the many delicious and tempting summer barbecues or at other times..."

Dr. Marie Savard, the author is an idiot savant in fitness, without the savant part.

Over One Quarter Of Canadian Births Are Now By Cesarean Section - Society Of Obstetricians And Gynaecologists Of Canada

Kudos, fatsos.

And you can bet that in the USA, the rates are rising, too, adding costs and risks.
"More babies are born by C-section (Cesarean section) today than ever before, says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. The Society adds that the numbers continue to rise.

Apart from placing mothers at raised risks during childbirth and subsequent pregnancies, these figures are placing an excessive burden on the nation's healthcare system, the Society claims."
Which also places the to-be-born and newly born at risk

Keep children safe, let your voice be heard.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Technical Problems - Sorry

Technical problems prevented the usual early AM posting of the FitnessWatch blog on Sunday, July 13.

Here are the Sunday posts, which will remain through Monday July 14.

New posts again on Tuesday, July 15 (barring technical problems).

Workplace weight programs produce modest losses

Which really means that they do not work.

This is to be expected and the millions and millions spent on workplace "wellness" programs and employee assistance programs (EAPs), are all a waste.
"People who take part in weight-loss programs set up by their employers manage to lose at least modest amounts of weight compared to co-workers who do not take part, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

But their review of 11 studies published from 1995 to 2006 of such workplace programs in the United States, Britain, Japan, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia did not show whether those employees who lost weight managed to keep it off...

'Part of the problem is getting the people who need it the most to participate in them. A lot of times, health programs really just recruit people who already are doing the right thing,' added Benedict, whose findings were published in the American Journal of Health Promotion."
The article is short. Read it all.

Then give me a call.

Call to rethink child BMI testing

Expected outcome. Wrong conclusion.
"Using a child's body mass index (BMI) as a measure of the success of exercise targets may be misleading, say experts.

UK researchers could find no difference in BMI between those exercising regularly and those missing targets."
"Exercise" is a terribly inefficient way to lose weight and will almost never result in improved fitness.
"Writing in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, they said blood testing might be the only way to measure exercise benefits."
Will not work, except to generate additional costs to the system and income for the labs and sick care workers.
"Some experts have suggested that it is perfectly possible for an individual child to be "fat and fit", provided they are sufficiently active."
These are folks expert at being morons.

Don't let them fool you.

Drop the weight.

And do it by modifying your diet, i.e., fewer Calories in than out.

Then add training if you choose.

Heavy babies prone to arthritis as adults

Kudos, fatsos.

Fat parents, have fat kids.
"People who were heavier than average when they were born appear to be twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis as their normal birth-weight counterparts, researchers report."
More child abuse.

Stop it.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Call to rethink child BMI testing

Expected outcome. Wrong conclusion.
"Using a child's body mass index (BMI) as a measure of the success of exercise targets may be misleading, say experts.

UK researchers could find no difference in BMI between those exercising regularly and those missing targets."
"Exercise" is a terribly inefficient way to lose weight and will almost never result in improved fitness.
"Writing in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, they said blood testing might be the only way to measure exercise benefits."
Will not work, except to generate additional costs to the system and income for the labs and sick care workers.
"Some experts have suggested that it is perfectly possible for an individual child to be "fat and fit", provided they are sufficiently active."
These are folks expert at being morons.

Don't let them fool you.

Drop the weight.

And do it by modifying your diet, i.e., fewer Calories in than out.

Then add training if you choose.

Heavy babies prone to arthritis as adults

Kudos, fatsos.

Fat parents, have fat kids.
"People who were heavier than average when they were born appear to be twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis as their normal birth-weight counterparts, researchers report."
More child abuse.

Stop it.

Workplace weight programs produce modest losses

Which really means that they do not work.

This is to be expected and the millions and millions spent on workplace "wellness" programs and employee assistance programs (EAPs), are all a waste.
"People who take part in weight-loss programs set up by their employers manage to lose at least modest amounts of weight compared to co-workers who do not take part, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

But their review of 11 studies published from 1995 to 2006 of such workplace programs in the United States, Britain, Japan, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia did not show whether those employees who lost weight managed to keep it off...

'Part of the problem is getting the people who need it the most to participate in them. A lot of times, health programs really just recruit people who already are doing the right thing,' added Benedict, whose findings were published in the American Journal of Health Promotion."
The article is short. Read it all.

Then give me a call.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

New Research Links Drinking Lowfat Milk To Lower Risk For Heart Disease

Big White is back telling the Big Not-White lies.
"Grabbing as little as one glass of lowfat or fat free milk could help protect your heart, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers found that adults who had at least one serving of lowfat milk or milk products each day had 37 percent lower odds of poor kidney function linked to heart disease compared to those who drank little or no lowfat milk."
"Kidney" or heart?
"They tracked eating patterns and tested albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) - a measure that when too low, can indicate poor kidney function and an extremely high risk for cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association.

Researchers found that people who reported consuming more lowfat milk and milk products had lower ACR, or healthier kidney function."
Kidney not heart.

Probably crap anyway as this stuff is from the same people who brought you this, and other lies.

Increased Risk Of Kidney Stones And Gastric Bypass Surgery Linked

And speaking of kidney disease...
"Morbidly obese patients who undergo a particular type of gastric bypass surgery called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) are at an increased risk of developing kidney stones - small, pebble-like deposits that can result in severe pain and require an operation to remove them - earlier than previously thought. These stones develop in patients within only a few months following the procedure rather than several months to years, according to research published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons...

RYGB is the most commonly performed surgical intervention for morbid obesity."
More complications from unnecessary surgery and malpractice known as bariatric surgery.

New Study Aims to Stop Overweight Kids from Growing Up Obese

An embarrassment.
"It's well documented that children of obese parents are at risk of becoming obese early in life, and that obese children are at risk of becoming obese adults.

Now, in the first study of its kind in the U.S., University at Buffalo researchers, who have been at the forefront of the fight against childhood obesity for nearly three decades, will test a family-based weight-control intervention in three large pediatric practices in Western New York, funded by a $2.58 million grant from the National Institutes of Health."

When everyone around is decrying how fat kids are getting and continue to get, do you really want to claim that you "have been at the forefront of the fight against childhood obesity for nearly three decades"?


Friday, July 11, 2008

Not all sugars have an equal effect on obesity

Still think they know what a "healthy" food is?

What to believe? This:
"A new study suggests that consuming fructose containing sweeteners including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and sucrose in beverages or processed food may increase the odds for a person to become obese."
Or this?

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

Remember, there are no "healthy" foods, only healthy eating.

Diet Impacts Brain Function In Seniors With Type 2 Diabetes

It's more bulls**t time again.
"Adults with type 2 diabetes who eat unhealthy, high-fat meals may experience memory declines immediately afterward, but this can be offset by taking antioxidant vitamins with the meal, according to new research from Baycrest...

This latest study, led by Baycrest and published in the July issue of Nutrition Research, suggests that taking high doses of antioxidant vitamins C and E with the meal may help minimize those memory slumps."
Does it really work?
"Dr. Carol Greenwood, senior author of the study and a nationally recognized expert in how diet impacts brain function, cautioned that relying on antioxidant vitamins at meal time is not a quick fix."

Besides, the cognitively impaired fat people would likely forget to take their useless, killer antioxidant vitamins anyway.

Prebiotic Potential Of Almonds

Nuts to this story.
"Almonds, as well as being high in vitamin E and other minerals, are also thought to have other health benefits, such as reducing cholesterol. Recently published work by the Institute of Food Research has identified potential prebiotic properties of almonds that could help improve our digestive health by increasing levels of beneficial gut bacteria."
One - vitamin E is not a mineral, so there can be no "other minerals." Not even "potential" ones.

Two - vitamin E is an antioxidant and some studies show that these things have the "potential" to kill.

Three - as to "potential," these nuts have the "potential" to kill, too, if you swallow them wrong.

Somehow, these folks failed to mention these other "potentials." Now why would that be?
"Funded by the Almond Board of California, IFR scientists first used the Model Gut, a physical and biochemical simulator of the gastro-intestinal tract, to subject almonds to the same conditions experienced in the stomach and small intestine."
"Funded by the Almond Board of California..."


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Appetite Increased By Morbid Thoughts

Another excuse for the overfat.
"Can watching TV news or crime shows trigger overeating? According to new research in the Journal of Consumer Research, people who are thinking about their own deaths want to consume more...

The researchers found people with low self-esteem, in particular, tend to over-consume after death-related thoughts. Mandel and Smeesters explain the effect using a theory called 'escape from self-awareness.' 'When people are reminded of their inevitable mortality, they may start to feel uncomfortable about what they have done with their lives and whether they have made a significant mark on the universe. This is a state called 'heightened self-awareness.' One way to deal with such an uncomfortable state is to escape from it, by either overeating or overspending,' they write. "
Now here is a self-fulfilling prophecy if ever there was one.

Unfortunately, in the process, they cost the rest of us money and other resources.

Don't make the rest of us suffer from their lack of self-control.

Fast Rising Obesity Rate Is Driving Up The Rate Of Cesarean Sections In Canada, Obese Women Facing Greater Risks During Pregnancy

Kudos, fatsos.
"Obese women (those with a body mass index greater than 30) tend to both give birth to larger babies and to experience longer labors. Both of these factors contribute to an increased likelihood that a C-section will be necessary. Moreover, Cesareans are more difficult to perform on obese women, and carry increased risks for the mother during pregnancy and childbirth."
More very early nutritional child abuse.

Stop 'em before they harm and kill again.

Obesity may interfere with prostate cancer screen

Kudos, fatsos.
"The test commonly used to screen men for prostate cancer may be more likely to miss tumors in obese men, a new study suggests...

Of the men in his team's study, 73 percent were overweight or obese. Compared with their normal-weight counterparts, overweight men had 5 percent lower PSA value, on average. For mildly obese men the difference was 14 percent, and in moderately and severely obese men, the values were 29 percent lower."

And because your asses are so fat, the examining finger likely cannot reach the gland for examining.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Get Off The Couch This Summer: Join The Fitness Revolution For Kids

"...Fitness Revolution for Kids is a playful, high-energy workout for children ages 5 and up. It is now available at v (sic) for $19.99.

'The Revolution is designed to give today's amazing children the tools they need to create their own generation of health,' Byrne said. 'We empower kids and their families by accepting the good things about them. When kids are feeling healthy and strong, their positive contributions to the world are limitless.'"
If they were so amazing, why are they so fat?

In this day and age, amazing kids are the ones who stay lean, trim and in shape.

The only "revolution" here will be in this Byrne person's bank account if enough morons fall for this crap.

Byrne is simply another scumbag from ABC the home of AdipOprah, Mehmet Oz, David Katz and a whole world of overfatness hurt.

Here is how she describes herself:
“I take care of my body, I eat healthy, yet at times, I’ll put on weight for no apparent reason! When fitness is your life, it’s hard not to judge yourself for weight gain, and I work on acceptance & staying positive all the time.”

Theresa wasn’t always the fitness & empowerment expert you see now. She has learned much of what she teaches today through her own life experience. As a child, she dealt with self esteem issues & a huge lack of coordination. She’s experienced her own struggles with weight as an adult, finding her normal 150lb frame carrying over 200 lbs at times. She has been diagnosed with chronic fatigue for over 10 years & still works to minimize issues with hypothyroidism."
The above accompanies this picture:

Note "put on weight for no apparent reason!"

There is only one reason and one reason only that people put on weight (excluding things like water retention, in women, and certain illnesses), more Calories in than out.

If this ABC "expert" is too stupid to know that, she is too stupid to advise others.

Avoid this trash.

Device Blocking Stomach Nerve Signals Shows Promise In Obesity

More malpractice.
"A new implantable medical device, developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic researchers, shows promise as a reversible and less extreme alternative to existing bariatric surgeries, according to findings published in the current issue of the journal Surgery."
Did it really work as advertised?
"'In an open label study such as the one being published this month, there is always potential for the device to 'work' because patients believe it will," he explains."

Besides, there is a better, cheaper "device" that "shows promise in obesity."

It is called fewer Calories in than out.

It works 100% of the time and does not require further study.

And the rest of us do not have to pay for it.

Diabetes linked to cognitive decline in seniors

Kudos, fatsos.
"Older adults with type 2 diabetes may have a steeper mental decline as they age, a large study suggests.

Diabetes is known to raise the risk of a number of major health problems, including heart disease and kidney failure. More recently, studies have also linked diabetes to speedier mental decline and dementia in older adults."
Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

The mental decline started when they began getting so fat, so it had time to accelerate.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Fat Fines: Could Japan Plan Work in U.S.?

A sudden attack of almost-clear thinking from the island of Japan.
"As waistlines continue to expand in Japan, the country's lawmakers are taking the unusual step of fining companies that employ overweight workers... Japan, the national program to trim tummies and prevent diseases such as diabetes and heart disease has taken a proactive, group approach to the problem of "metabo" — a shorter, and some say cuter, term for metabolic syndrome.

And when it comes to the Asian country's fight against metabolic syndrome — the collection of illnesses known to accompany obesity — the effort appears to be working."
But those who stand to benefit financially from keeping people fat here in the US are naysayers.
"As a country with more than one-third of its population classified as obese, the U.S. might benefit from a stringent program like Japan's. But part of the reason a program like Japan's has no place in the U.S. is because American's (sic) would be far less tolerant of government involvement in what can be a highly personal issue, said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine.

'In Japan there is a sense of communal engagement, what's right for the public good,' Katz said. 'We don't like being told what to do, saying 'You're not the boss of me.' What works at the population level is dictated by cultural standards.'"
This is the same Katz as in Oprah's expert, the faked Yale endorsement, Jorge Cruise's colleague, David Zinczenko's supporter, Mehmet Oz's bud and ABCNews expert.

In other words, an IMHO con.

And an idiot.
"American's (sic) would be far less tolerant of government involvement in what can be a highly personal issue."
Well, they seem damn tolerant of "government involvement in what can be a highly personal issue" - paying for the sick care from their diseases of choice.

Time to fight back against the fatties and the IMHO predators, like Katz, Oprah, Oz, Zinczenko, Cruise, the sick care industry, etc.