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Saturday, January 31, 2009

A Child's Eating Habits And Exercise Behaviors Can Deteriorate Early

No kidding.
"As children transition from preschool-age to school-age, they may develop eating habits and leisure-time patterns that may not meet current recommendations and may contribute to childhood obesity.
Sez who?
"In a study published in the January/February 2009 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, researchers report that parents perceived that their pre-school children (2 to 5 years) had relatively good eating habits and physical activity levels, but that parents of school-aged children (6 to 12 years) felt their children had less healthful diets and leisure-time activities."
And whose fault is that?

Why the child-abusing parents, that's who.

How do you think these 6-12 year old kids get a hold of these obesogenic food items?

What is that you say? They are spending their own earned income.

Shut up.

You claim to see the problem, so implement a solution.

Or give up the kids to a loving home where the foster/adoptive parents can offer them a good life without the harms associated with overweight/obesity.

You know, the kind of life you are preventing them from having.

Six Newly Discovered Genes For Obesity Have A Neural Effect

More bad news for the morons waiting for a genetic "cure" for their overfatness.
"Obesity is known to increase the risk of chronic disorders, such as diabetes (type 2). An international team of scientists with German participation through the Helmholtz Zentrum München identified six new obesity genes. Gene expression analyses have shown that all six genes are active in brain cells. "
And they will keep finding more and more and more and more, etc., ad nauseum genes implicated in caloric irresponsibility.

But not one of them will be the cause.

Control Of Blood Vessels A Possible Weapon Against Obesity

No way.
"Mice exposed to low temperatures develop more blood vessels in their adipose tissue and metabolise body fat more quickly, according to a new study from Karolinska Institutet. Scientists now hope to learn how to control blood vessel development in humans in order to combat obesity and diabetes."
Clearly this explains why there are no fat people in cold weather places like Wisconsin, Illinois and Russia.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Young Adults Need To Make More Time For Healthy Meals

"As adolescents mature into young adults, increasing time constraints due to school or work can begin to impact eating habits in a negative way. In a study published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, researchers observed that while young adults enjoy and value time spent eating with others, 35% of males and 42% of females reported lacking time to sit down and eat a meal. They further noted that 'eating on the run' was related to higher consumption of unhealthy items like fast foods and lower consumption of many healthful foods."
With 100% certainty, there is no need for more time to eat healthily.

In fact, consuming fewer Calories than one burns (assuming one is overweight), the right way to eat healthily, takes less time than consuming more Calories.

Do not follow the conventional stupidity.

It has gotten us where we are today - fat and sick.

And nutritionally illiterate.

Protein Has Pivotal Role In Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome

"A protein known to play a role in development and the formation of organs is also an important factor in the control of obesity and diabetes, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the current issue of the journal Cell Metabolism.

Drs. Ming-Jer and Sophia Tsai, professors of molecular and cellular biology at BCM, have studied COUP-TFII (Chicken Ovalbumin Upstream Promoter Transcription Factor II) for decades, but only when they bred mice that had only one gene copy for the factor did they find that the animals had smaller fat cells and increased energy metabolism as well as enhanced response to insulin."
One thing and one thing only has a "pivotal role in obesity."


Anything else is simply a smokescreen.

Obesity: Reviving The Promise Of Leptin

The "promise" is a lie.
"The discovery more than a decade ago of leptin, an appetite-suppressing hormone secreted by fat tissue, generated headlines and great hopes for an effective treatment for obesity. But hopes dimmed when it was found that obese people are unresponsive to leptin due to development of leptin resistance in the brain. Now, researchers at Children's Hospital Boston report the first agents demonstrated to sensitize the brain to leptin: oral drugs that are already FDA-approved and known to be safe."
"Known to be safe"?

Not hardly. (see here, here, and here)

They have no idea what is "safe."

This avenue of "research" will also fail.

There is only one way to safely lose weight.

Fewer Calories in than out.

Do it right.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Caloric Restriction Only Benefits Obese Mice: The Journal Of Nutrition

"If you are a mouse on the chubby side, then eating less may help you live longer.

For lean mice - and possibly for lean humans, the authors of a new study predict - the anti-aging strategy known as caloric restriction may be a pointless, frustrating and even dangerous exercise...

He and Michael Forster, of the University of North Texas Health Science Center, compared the life span and caloric intake of two genetically engineered strains of mice.

The 'fat' strain, known as C57BL/6, roughly doubles in weight over its adult life. That strain benefited from caloric restriction, Sohal said.

The 'lean' strain, DBA/2, does not become obese. Caloric restriction did not extend the life of these mice, confirming previous work by Forster and Sohal...

By measuring the animals' metabolic rate, Sohal and his colleagues came to a deceptively simple conclusion: Caloric restriction is only useful when, as in the case of the obese mice, an animal eats more than it can burn off.

'Your energy expenditure and your energy intake should be in balance,' Sohal said.
'It's as simple as that. And how do you know that? By gain or loss of weight. (sic)

'The whole thing is very commonsensical.'

For humans of normal weight, Sohal strongly cautions against caloric restriction. In a 2003 study, he and Forster found that caloric restriction begun in older mice - both in DBA and leaner C57 individuals - actually shortened life span...

Sohal's study is not the first to question the allegedly universal benefits of caloric restriction. A study by Ross et al. published in Nature in 1976 ('Dietary practices and growth responses as predictors of longevity') found that caloric restriction works best in mice that gain weight rapidly in early adulthood, Sohal said."


BTW, if you are one of the increasingly rare humans of normal weight and you engage in Calorie restriction to lose weight, that is called starvation, anorexia, bulimia, et cetera.

Debunking The Detox Myth

A rare display of sense, not new, but a good reminder. (see here, here and here)
"A group of over 300 young UK scientists and engineers who investigated the evidence behind claims made for products and diets, have started a public awareness campaign by publishing a dossier that shows the word "detox" has no meaning outside of the clinical treatment of drug addiction and poisoning.

Called the 'Detox Dossier', the report describes the findings of the investigation by the Voice of Young Science (VoYS) network of over 300 early career researchers...

The Detox Dossier investigators found that:

* No two companies had the same definition for "detox".

* The word "detox" was used to promote a range of things from foot patches to hair straighteners, without consistent explanations of what the word means.

* In most cases no evidence was presented to back up the "detox" claims on products.

* In most cases, producers and retailers who the young scientists got in touch with were forced to admit that they were using the word "detox" instead of mundane things like "cleaning" or "brushing".

* The prices ranged from about 2 pounds for a detox drink to over 36 pounds for detox bath products."
Though most of the pronouncements from conventional sources re: diet and nutrition are garbage, this one is not.

Believe it.

Study Links Obesity To Elevated Risk Of Ovarian Cancer

Kudos, fatsos.
"A new epidemiological study has found that among women who have never used menopausal hormone therapy, obese women are at an increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared with women of normal weight. Published in the February 15, 2009 issue of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the research indicates that obesity may contribute to the development of ovarian cancer through a hormonal mechanism.

Ovarian cancer is the most fatal of gynecologic malignancies, and has a 5-year survival rate of only 37 percent. While studies have linked excess body weight to higher risks of certain cancers, little is known about the relationship between body mass index and ovarian cancer risk."
And you probably expect the rest of us to pay for your care, don't you?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Catch Cold, Become Obese?

Watch CBS, Become Stupid. (a clear and truthful statement, no question)

What do you expect from a media "powerhouse" that does not know how to spell "contagious"? (note "Is Obesity Contageous?")
"Nikhil Dhurandhar, an associate professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., says the virus, known as AD-36, or the Adeno virus, infects the lungs, then whisks around the body, prompting fat cells to multiply and causing sore throats and coughs.

In one test, a-third of obese people had it, compared to 11 percent of thinner people.

Evidence in tests on mice and chickens points to the bug causing people to gain weight.

On The Early Show Tuesday, obesity expert Dr. Louise Aronne of New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center told co-anchor Julie Chen, 'What this research shows is that a common cold virus can make people gain weight. This is a virus that people can get, and it's been shown to cause fat cells to reproduce, and it looks like what it does is it makes fat cells sort of suck fat into them. And that could make you gain more weight.

'I don't want people to be worried that they could actually catch it. We think that this is very, very uncommon. If anything, it may make you gain a little bit of weight. It's not that you're going to gain a tremendous amount of weight. But I think it shows that there's a lot of science to body weight regulation and obesity.'"
There is "science to body weight regulation and obesity" and none of it is grasped by this expert.

Perhaps his stupidity is due to a persistent viral infection.
"'We've actually seen patients who have a story that would be typical of having an infection and then they gain weight, sort of out of nowhere.'"
"Sort of out of nowhere" is the kind of explanation one would expect from a moron of this magnitude.

Far be it from being from more Calories in than out.

It is critically important for almost all weight loss experts to suspend the laws governing the rest of the universe.

Otherwise, they would be wrong.
"We treat it the exact same way we treat all problems with weight. Through diet, exercise, there are some medical treatments and surgery. So this does not change treatment at all. That's the problem."
That will always be "the problem."

There is no other way to lose weight except consuming fewer Calories than one burns.
"Aronne says the virus is active 'for about three months. So we think that, for a period of three months, you might be gaining weight. But we really -- it's still premature to determine how we would best treat this problem.

' ... If we are able to diagnose it and we don't routinely do that, although there are blood tests, we don't routinely diagnose it, the thing to do would be to try to remain weight stable while you have it because otherwise the weight gain would be permanent.'"
Too bad this Aronne character was active for more than three months after he was born and therefore able to spew this crap to an impressionable public.

Leave it to the MSM and the experts to get it wrong.

Gene Variant Makes Children Eat More Calories

There is no genetic cause to overweight/obesity.
"Dr Pauline Balac, a lecturer of Biology and Nutrition at the University of Huddersfield, explains: 'A person's weight, as any nutrition student will tell you, is simply the balance between energy taken in as food and energy given out by physical exercise. If energy in is greater than energy out, the person will gain weight."
However, even if the gene variant excuse were true (which it cannot be), just how do the piglets get those extra Calories?
"In a UK study on children's food intake and energy use, researchers found that those carrying a variant of a gene known to be linked to obesity, ate an average of 100 extra calories per meal suggesting the gene influenced food intake and choice."
I know, I know, call on me!

Child-abusing parents supply them. No one "makes children eat more Calories."

Correct. Go to the head of the class.

Low Carb Diet Is Bad For Thinking And Memory

Another proven way to get stupid.
"A new study from scientists in the US found that when women went on low or zero-carb diets they performed worse on thinking and memory tests compared to reducing calories without reducing carbohydrates. When they put carbs back into their diet, their thinking and memory skills went back to normal.

The study was the work of researchers from the psychology department of Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts."
But take heart.

You ketogenic dieters are not alone.

Since misery loves company, the stupidos who follow Atkins, South Beach, Zone etc., are in like company with the morons who follow Oprah, Oz, Greene, Katz and Cruise.

Idiots all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

More Americans getting multiple chronic illnesses

Kudos, fatsos.

More abuse of the rest of us by you and your caloric irresponsibility.
"More Americans are burdened by chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure, often having more than three at a time, and this has helped fuel a big rise in out-of-pocket medical expenses, a study released on Tuesday showed.
With prescription drugs playing a key role, average annual out-of-pocket medical costs -- those not covered by health insurance -- rose from $427 per American in 1996 to $741 in 2005, researchers wrote in the journal Health Affairs...

A separate report published in the journal on Tuesday showed U.S. health care spending rose to $2.2 trillion in 2007, or $7,421 per person...

The rise in Americans with multiple chronic illnesses comes as obesity and sedentary lifestyles have grown more common. Obesity contributes to many chronic ailments including diabetes. U.S. health officials say the rate of new cases of diabetes soared by about 90 percent in the past decade."
And here is why we will remain burdened with no end in sight.
"President...Barack Obama [took] office on January 20 with plans to try to tackle the rising costs of the U.S. health care system, the world's most expensive. This study suggests that growing amounts of chronic illness may complicate his efforts."
They are going after the wrong culprit.

It is not the costs.

It is the system-abusing people who do not maintain their bodies, instead expecting the rest of us to pay for them.

They are driving up the costs.

Stop rewarding them with sick care subsidized by the rest of us and watch costs go south.

Fight back now or your opportunity will have passed.

One In Three UK Adults Will Be Obese By 2012

"One in three UK adults-or 13 million people-will be obese by 2012, finds research published ahead of print in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health."
In the USA, the fatsos are already there.
"The prevalence of obesity (BMI≥30) continues to be a health concern for adults, children and adolescents in the United States. Data from the most recent NHANES survey1 shows that among adult men the prevalence of obesity was 31.1% in 2003—2004, and 33.3% in 2005—2006, a small but not statistically significant change. Among adult women, the prevalence of obesity in 2003—2004 was 33.2%, and in 2005—2006 was 35.3%, again a small but not significant change."
Who says that Americans are losing their leadership position in the world?

Doctors don't exercise enough either: survey

From the Do As I Say, Not As I Do Department.
"When it comes to exercise, many doctors may need to start practicing what they preach, a survey of young UK physicians suggests.

In fact, researchers found, the 61 junior doctors they surveyed were less likely to get regular, moderate exercise than other Britons their age.

National studies have estimated that about 44 percent of UK adults between the ages of 25 and 34 meet experts' general recommendations on exercise -- at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, like brisk walking, five times per week. In this study, only 21 percent of junior doctors met that goal."
This offers one reason why the diet and "exercise" advice of Big Sick Care and the experts is so crappy.

They cannot speak from experience.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Anti-Obesity Treatment In Pharmacies Offers Convenient And Effective Care For Patients

Lying with a stiff upper lip.
"The availability of anti-obesity drug Orlistat from pharmacies provides accessible and convenient care for patients, said the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB).

David Pruce, RPSGB Director of Policy and Communications said: "We fully support the move to make Orlistat available in pharmacies without prescription. Pharmacists' roles are changing and this is great opportunity to make a real impact on improving patients' health."
The IMHO crooks just want to make a pound/Euro.

There is no "real impact on improving patients' health" from this s**t.

That goes for the UK and the rest of the world.

Alli is a lie.

Fear Of Nuts Creating Hysteria Of Epidemic Proportions

Could it be that people are group/herd stupid?

For a hint, consider how many people listen to AdipOprah.
"Measures imposed to reduce exposure to nuts are often based on irrational fears of nut allergies and are becoming increasingly sensationalist, according to a doctor on

A peanut on the floor of a school bus leading to evacuation and decontamination for fear that it might be eaten by the 10 year old passengers, and schools declaring themselves "nut free" by banning nuts, peanut butter, homebaked goods and any foods without ingredient labels, are just some examples cited in this article...

In the US, 150 people die each year from food allergies. This is compared to the 50 who die from bee stings, the 100 who die from lightening strikes, the 45,000 who die in motor vehicle accidents, and the 10,000 who are hospitalised for traumatic brain injury from playing sport. But these issues do not incur such extreme reactions, such as calling for an end to sport.

Christakis says that the 'gross over-reaction to the magnitude of the threat' is very similar to mass psychogenic illness (MPI), previously known as epidemic hysteria."
Use the data to think rationally about nuts.

Or use the data just in case you guys out there need an explanation for your social lives.

Orexigen(R) Therapeutics Announces Changes To Its Clinical Programs And Management Team

Follow-up on crap.
"Orexigen(R) Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: OREX) announced changes to conserve the Company's resources, focus its efforts on its late-stage obesity programs and realign its management team...

'While our balance sheet remains strong, the Company recognizes the challenges of the current economic environment and the need to focus our resources on our late-stage obesity programs,' said Eckard Weber, M.D., the Company's Interim President and Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman. 'I would like to thank Gary, along with the other members of the departing group, for their extensive contributions to Orexigen. We believe we are in a very favorable position largely as a result of their efforts.'

The Company is directing all of its efforts and resources to Contrave(R) and Empatic(TM), its obesity product candidates. It anticipates announcing the results from the first Phase 3 clinical trial for Contrave in January."
We can only hope that the new year will bring the demise of this company and all others like it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mmm, the food looks good, so I eat it: Some people may simply be hard-wired to overeat, brain scans show

You have to be a friggin' idiot to believe this s**t.
"Weight gain is not always just a matter of lacking willpower, but has more to do with how your brain reacts to what it sees, according to a new study by neuroscientists."
The new study was performed by hacks.

Here is what they did:
"In the small study, just published in the January Journal of Neuroscience, brain scans showed how 21 participants reacted to three sets of images: appetizing food, bland food, and unrelated images of other subjects. The volunteers were of normal weight because obese people have already undergone 'neurohormonal changes' that affect how their brains function, according to researcher Andrew Calder."
End of story.

The supposedly hardwired to overeat people "were of normal weight."

So much for hardwiring.

It is a matter of willpower.

Shut up. Stop whining. Eat fewer Calories than you burn.

BTW, hardwiring has also been blamed for pedophilia, cocaine abuse, fat women and snake fear.

Think about that the next time one of you fatsos has a child raped and the defense is hardwiring.

Bone-building exercise benefits may not last

Still think they have any idea about what they are talking about?

See here.

Weight-bearing exercise in youth pays off later

Still think they have any idea about what they are talking about?

See here.

Obesity epidemic shows perils to health reform

Sure does - via abuse by politicians.
"For years, Bob Clegg's insurance company paid out some $3,000 a month for doctor visits, drugs and medical devices to treat the health problems caused by his obesity.

In September 2007, when his weight peaked at 380 pounds (172 kg), he had gastric bypass surgery, and now his health issues -- joint pain, sleep apnea and esophageal problems -- have vanished, and so have the medical bills."

These medical bills are ones that ALL of us paid, one way or another.

"But even though the surgery -- in which the stomach is made smaller and part of the intestine is bypassed -- has saved his insurance company money, Clegg, who now weighs 240 pounds (108 kg), had to pay the $20,000 cost out of his own pocket.

'It wasn't until the doctor said my sleep apnea was at a point where we seriously had to consider a tracheotomy that we talked about gastric bypass,' said Clegg, 54. 'The irony is that insurance would pay for the tracheotomy, but not the surgery.'"

This pigg (sic) Clegg was so calorically irresponsible that he apparently imperiled his breathing almost certainly by overpurchasing more than $20K worth of Calories.

"Clegg's experience highlights the difficulties facing the United States as it confronts an epidemic of obesity, and the problems for President Barack Obama as he sets about extending health insurance to more Americans at a time of runaway costs.

While his experience is typical, unlike most other people, Clegg was in a position to make some changes.

As a member of New Hampshire's senate, he took what he knew about obesity and the cost of treating related chronic illnesses to the state capitol, where he introduced a bill in January 2008 requiring insurers to offer surgery as a treatment option, just as the state's Medicaid program for the poor does."

So the fat f**k abuses his power as an adipolitician to carve out an entitlement for irresponsible people by making others pay for an adipose bailout.

Gives new meaning to "Live Free or Die."

He lives free using other people's money to pay for his irresponsibility.

This idiot is so stupid that:
"...Clegg said his efforts to lose weight before surgery by dieting and exercise failed. His metabolism slowed to a rate where his body responded as if it was starving so he needed to keep eating."
"...he needed to keep eating."

Finally, an explanation why the people in Auschwitz were so fat at the time of their liberation.

And the New Hampshire politicians?

They fell for this stupidity.

Welcome to the world of Adipolitics, where s**t for brains is the only qualification for office.

"About two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, putting them at an increased risk for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, osteoarthritis, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and respiratory problems and even some cancers.

The direct and indirect costs of obesity is $117 billion each year, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General.

Christine Ferguson, associate professor at George Washington University School of Public Health and the director of STOP Obesity Alliance, said the stigma surrounding obesity and belief that it is not a disease are keeping the government from addressing the crisis.

'At the root of this is that people still have a real problem thinking about obesity as anything other than a willpower issue," said Ferguson. 'It is still perfectly acceptable to think about excluding treatment.'

Ferguson, who has held high level healthcare posts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, acknowledged the difficulty in changing the way government thinks about spending on obesity.

'If I have to balance my budget at the end of each year, I have a choice between investing money in children who have mental retardation, or children with developmental disabilities ... or investing in people who have obesity, choosing obesity is a very hard case to make,' she said.

This is even though insurers would recover the costs of bariatric surgery within two to four years, according to Pierre-Yves Cremieux, a researcher with the economic consulting firm Analysis Group.

Cremieux led a study that showed the operation helps patients' health and ultimately leads to cost savings. The study was paid for by Johnson & Johnson, which makes bariatric surgery instruments."

The IMHO public health whore can only lie to us about it not being a willpower issue.

It absolutely is.

And the economic consultant is a J&J whore. That's someone worth believing.

The best way to save money and do the right thing is not by fatso surgery for which we are all forced to pay.

The best way is to pay nothing to these brontosapiens for surgical rescue and when they develop their diseases of choice, make them pay more for their medical rescue.

Wise up people.

You will be working to provide for these morons and not to provide for yourself and your family.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Overweight and Obesity in Kids Underdiagnosed

Kudos, fatsos. The nutritional child abuse you heap on your kids is worse than previously thought.
"Only about a third of children who are overweight or obese are diagnosed as such by pediatricians, researchers here said.

Diagnosis was more likely, however, among obese and severely obese children, David C. Kaelber, M.D., Ph.D., of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and colleagues reported in the January issue of Pediatrics."
This also serves to highlight the complicity of docs in the nutritional child abuse.

Stop nutritional child abuse.

Get involved.

Many studies needed to tie genes to cancer: study

More bad news for the morons who are hoping for a genetic "cure" to their overfatness.
"Many genes linked to various cancers do not appear to raise the risk of getting cancer after all, according to an analysis of hundreds of studies published on Tuesday.

The findings highlight the need to exercise caution over the increasing number of studies associating common genetic variations with a range of diseases, said John Ioannidis of the University of Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece.

'The whole thing about genetic variations and links to diseases like cancer are very exciting, but the general public should be quite cautious about jumping to the conclusion that if they have a change in one gene or another they are doomed,' Ioannidis, who led the study, said in a telephone interview.

'Genetic effects are very complex and very subtle and we need to know a lot more before we can make strong recommendations based on genetic profiles.'"

Go here, do what works and shut-out the noise of the MSM and Big Sick Care.

High insulin levels may increase breast cancer risk

Kudos, fatsos.
"Data from the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study show that higher than normal insulin levels are an independent risk factor for breast cancer.

For women who did not use hormones, those with a body mass index of 30 (obese) compared with those with a BMI between 18 and 25 (normal weight), had a two-fold greater risk of breast cancer. Adjusting for insulin levels attenuated this association, however...

Given that high levels of insulin and estrogen raise the risk for postmenopausal breast cancer -- and largely account for the link between obesity and breast cancer -- efforts to bring down fasting insulin or circulating estrogen levels 'through weight loss or increased physical activity or via pharmacologic approaches' might be indicated, the researchers conclude."
But there is hope.

Perhaps, you boobs, maybe one of these folks will be a boob donor for your post-mastectomy transplant.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Obese men have worse sperm quality than leaner men

But not worse enough.
"Obese men are more than three times as likely to have low sperm counts compared with their normal-weight peers, a study out this month in the journal Fertility and Sterility shows.

The heaviest men were also at triple the risk of having a low count of progressively motile sperm -- sperm that swim forward in a straight line, Dr. Ahmad O. Hammoud of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and colleagues found...

There has been some evidence that obesity may impair fertility in men, the researchers note, while increased body fat can contribute to lower testosterone levels and higher estrogen levels."
The "evidence" must be quite poor as the people-pig population continues to grow in number.

And with it, the scourge of nutritional child abuse.

Obese kids who snore more sleepy in the daytime

Maybe they will be too tired to keep eating.
"Obese children who have difficulty breathing while they sleep have excessive daytime sleepiness compared with slimmer children who are also chronic snorers, new research in the journal Pediatrics shows.

The symptoms in heavy children are 'strikingly reminiscent of excessive daytime sleepiness patterns in adults with obstructive sleep apnea,' Drs. David Gozal and Leila Kheirandish-Gozal of the University of Louisville in Kentucky write."
Obstructive sleep apnea is what fat people get.

It is not for adults anymore.

Just like Type 2 diabetes.

Kudos, fatsos.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Eating At Buffets Plus Not Exercising Equals Obesity In Rural America

How could this be?
"In small towns in the Midwestern United States, people who eat out often at buffets and cafeterias and who perceive their community to be unpleasant for physical activity are more likely to be obese."
I mean, what is it about the combination of too many Calories in compared to out that can lead to fatso-ness?

This curious result clearly demonstrates the need for more research.
"'Although obesity rates are higher in rural areas, this is one of the first studies to look at food choices and exercise in this population,' says Alicia Casey, first author of the paper and now a doctoral student in health communications at Penn State University. 'Determining how much these factors increase the risk of obesity in rural areas can help us determine methods to help this group.'"
Thank whatever spirit in which you believe that they are already making plans to spend more money pursuing this ultra-important quest.
"This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
Hopefully, more tax dollars will be wisely invested in determining whether more Calories in than out make urban people fat.

Remember, the NIH and CDC are the same folks who bring you child abuse.

It is critical that they expand the harm they cause to justify their existences.

Fast food + nearby schools = fat kids

Not right.
"Youth who study just a short walk from a fast-food outlet eat fewer fruit and vegetables, drink more soda and are more likely to be obese than students at other schools, according to research published Tuesday...

The study, which involved more than 500,000 adolescents at middle schools and high schools in California, lends new fuel to a growing backlash against the fast-food industry as studies suggest they contribute to the rising obesity epidemic in the United States."
This is another bold-faced attempt to blame others for the failings of nutritional child-abusing parents.

Fat kids come from more Calories in than out over time.

Parents are to blame.
"Consumer groups have pushed for laws such as July's moratorium on new fast-food restaurants in certain Los Angeles neighborhoods, while the food industry often maintains that a lack of exercise is more to blame."
And parents are the people who compose consumer groups.

Far be it from them to point their pudgy fingers at themselves. That is why the matter cannot begin to get resolved.

There are more meals in the day where children can eat things other than fast foods. These are generally had at a place called "home."

I have for years recommended that fast food restaurants located near schools restrict the sale of "Student-size" meals to kids.

Instead of super-sizing meals, which clearly have more Calories, "student-sizing" meals would lower Calories.
"For the study, Davis and colleagues examined the relationship between fast-food restaurants located within one half mile of schools and obesity among middle and high school students in California."
And the kids can still get their "exercise," too.

Who Are You Kidding? Overweight Or Obese Mums Who Underestimate Their Weight Status Are More Likely To Over Gain During Pregnancy

"Women who misperceive their body weight are more likely to gain too much weight during pregnancy."
You mean people who are too stupid to evaluate their weight when not pregnant, are no smarter about evaluating their weight when they are pregnant and nutritionally abusing their embryos/fetuses?

What is it about being pregnant that does not make people smarter?

Go figure.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Obese siblings of diabetic children at risk

More nutritional child abuse.
"Compared with other overweight children, overweight siblings of children with type 2 diabetes mellitus have a significantly higher prevalence of abnormal glucose tolerance, a risk factor for diabetes, according to researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia."
Kudos, fatsos.
"'These siblings,' lead investigator Dr. Sheela N. Magge told Reuters Health, 'have a unique combination of genetic and environmental risk factors. We found that the obese sibling group had four-times higher odds of having abnormal glucose tolerance -- pre-diabetes and diabetes -- compared to the control group.'"
In addition to the genetic risk factor bulls**t, proving this doc is unqualified, there is clear complicity in the child abuse.
"Magge and colleagues studied 62 obese children, aged 8 to 17 years, who had at least 1 sibling aged 12 years or older. Twenty children had a sibling with diabetes; 42 acted as controls, according to the study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics...

'These obese siblings represent a particularly high risk group to target for type 2 diabetes mellitus screening and prevention studies,' Magge concluded."
But Magge did not conclude to do the right thing.

That is, report the parents of the 62 children for committing nutritional child abuse. The law mandates that Drs. (assuming a physician) report child abuse to the authorities.


And shameful for the journal to publish this abuse.

Just as many journals now require authors to declare if they have any financial involvement in the research they perform, so too should the journals require authors to comply with the law in their research.

This may be too much to ask from the pediatric establishment and the medical establishment in general.

IVF weight limit 'not justified'

Sure it is.
"Overweight and obese women have as much chance of having a baby through fertility treatment as normal weight women, a Scottish study suggests.

IVF treatment is no more expensive for most obese women, the report in the journal Human Reproduction added."
Wrong argument, wrong conclusion.

It is not simply the cost of the treatment.

It is the cost to the children of these fat people.

It is almost certain that they will become nutritionally abused fat children.

But, of course, it would be too much to expect sick care to care about sick children when it can make money reproducing them, then treating them.

This they acknowledge.
"But women should be advised to lose weight because of the high risk of complications, the researchers said."
So here is the deal:

We will help you give birth to at high risk for many bad things children, even though your embryos and fetuses have a greater chance of dying in the process, so we can then sell your kids drugs and surgeries instead of preventing the problem from occurring.

Good plan.

For those of you out there who would rather wait, lose some weight and give your children to be a better chance for survival and a healthy life, go here and here.

Staying trim and fit may prevent heart failure

Kudos, fatsos.
"Men who manage to stay lean and active as they age may lower their risk of developing heart failure, researchers reported Monday.

In a long-term study of more than 21,000 male U.S. doctors, researchers found that men who were overweight were 49 percent more likely than their lean counterparts to develop heart failure over 20 years. Obese men, meanwhile, faced a nearly 200 percent greater risk than the thin men did."
Problem is, it costs the rest of us to treat you for this disease of choice.

Too bad you cannot go into mouth and swallow failure.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Parent training can help kids to slim down

After law enforcement applied to these nutritional child abusers, parent training is the only way to help kids slim down or, better yet, not get fat in the first place.
"A weight loss intervention directed at parents of overweight children may be as effective as interventions directed at both parents and children, study findings suggest.

Over 10 months, children younger than 11 years fared better in the parent-only program, while older children lost more weight through the family-based program, report Dr. David M. Janicke, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and colleagues.

'Parents exert an enormous influence on their children,' Janicke told Reuters Health. Providing a means for parents to help children adopt healthier lifestyles 'is critical to helping improve health and weight status in children," he said."
But with no resolve to punish parents for abusing their kids, there is no incentive for parents to do the right thing.

And so the abuse goes on.

Molecule 'creates complex humans'

More bad news for the morons waiting for a genetic "cure" for their overweight/obesity.
"A new study has found the human body is more complicated than our genes suggest because of molecules called RNA.

Humans only have about as many genes as a fruit fly, and usually RNA interacts with these genes to produce the proteins that make up our bodies...

The Edinburgh scientists found that a particular type of RNA in yeast appears to have evolved to fine-tune a set of genes.

As yeast is biologically similar to plants and animals, including humans, the researchers believe it is likely that we have RNA which carries out a similar function.

Prof David Tollervey, of the School of Biological Sciences, who carried out the research, said: "Humans have around 24,000 genes, fewer than many plants and not many more than simple worms.

'But, of course, we are actually much more complex than this comparison suggests.

'Our findings suggest that RNA plays a role in adding layers of complexity to the regulation of expression of our genes.'"
Face it, they are never going to find a genetic "cure" for your caloric irresponsibility for as long as you live.

Give up the hope, which is a bad action plan under the best of circumstances, and do what works.

Obesity raises risk of cancer-related lymphedema

Kudos, fatsos.
"Painful swelling of the arm or shoulder area following treatment for breast cancer -- a condition called lymphedema - is more common in women who are overweight or obese than in women of normal weight, researchers have found."
Just what you need.

To swell even more.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Dairy foods help kids build stronger bones

This is one spin on the dairy/meat protein matter.
"Eating plenty of dairy foods, meat, and other high-protein foods in childhood result in stronger and healthier bones in adolescence , a new study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows.

Boys and girls who ate at least two servings of dairy a day throughout their childhood had denser bones in their teens than their peers who ate less, Dr. Lynn L. Moore of Boston University School of Medicine and her colleagues found. Eating four or more servings of meat or other protein-rich foods also boosted bone density."
Here is another:

Or do they help kids get cancer, cancer, cancer, obesity and cancer.

It is another one of those "no one knows for sure whether in total it is good, bad or indifferent" situations.

One thing is for sure, IMHO, Big White is not truthful.

Make Small Changes For Big Rewards Recommends ASN President

A sudden attack of smarts (as in this agrees with what we have been saying since Day One) - likely to be short-lived.
"Small changes can lead to big rewards, such as maintaining a healthy weight, American Society for Nutrition (ASN) President James O. Hill, PhD, describes in a recent report. The article, to be published in the February issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, is written by Hill on behalf of a joint task force of ASN, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the International Food Information Council.

'By shifting our focus to small changes in diet and physical activity, we can prevent weight gain and potentially reduce the magnitude of the obesity problem. Large permanent changes in diet and activity are much harder to implement and sustain,' said Hill. 'Significant benefits to society are possible by promoting small, achievable changes.'"

What are some examples of small changes? Consider the following:

* Take the stairs instead of the elevator

* Walk an extra 2,000 steps a day

* Reduce food portion size by 5%

* Replace sweetened beverages with non-caloric beverages

* Eat a nutritious breakfast"
Oh, no!

Here is some stupid (in addition to the patently silly "nutritious breakfast").
"'Obesity is a complex matter, but starting with one small step can lead to significant progress in achieving energy balance,' stated Hill."
Told you it would be short-lived.

Overweight/obesity are anything but "complex."

They are simple, i.e., the imbalance between Calories in and Calories out.

Some people should just shut-up while they are ahead.

Too bad.

Report Points To Lack Of Public Awareness Of Health Guidelines, UK

A mixed blessing.
"Most people do not know the Government guidelines for healthy eating, drinking and exercise, suggests a report out today from The NHS Information Centre."
Just as well since the guidelines do not work anyway.
"Yet despite the lack of awareness of official advice, figures published in the report indicate both physical activity and consumption of fruit and vegetables have been increasing."
The result?
"On obesity, the report showed the proportion of adults who are obese increased from 13 per cent for men and 16 per cent for women in 1993 to 24 per cent for both men and women in 2007."
How good can those guidelines be if increasing activity and increasing consumption of fruits and veggies still lead to increasing obesity?

Not very.

The "mixed" part of the blessing, is that if people do not know the silly guidelines, you don't have to waste time unlearning them before you teach them the right way to lose weight and engage in physical activity for improved fitness.

And here is a demonstration of complete ignorance as to what is needed.
"Medical director of The NHS Information Centre and practising GP, Dr Mark Davies, said: 'It is important that people understand the health implications of the lifestyle choices they make.'"
"Understanding" is the booby prize.

What is "important" is for people to fully experience the consequences of their choices which they cannot as long as the rest of us are forced to pay for attempting their rescue by drugs and surgeries.

Cut them loose to fend for themselves.

Then we will see change.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nebraska Workplaces Fare Well In Addressing Obesity And Physical Inactivity

Excellence - the new failure.
"Numbers now show that worksite wellness programs implemented by Nebraska businesses are improving the quality of health for many working Nebraskans.

Thirty-eight large and small companies across the state were the first to receive the Governor's Excellence in Wellness Award in 2008 for their accomplishments in worksite wellness by demonstrating significant improvement in employee health status."
To get an idea of what one needs to do to achieve workplace wellness excellence in Nebraska, click here and check out the criteria.

Pathetic. And where are the controls for honest evaluation?

It should be clear that workplace wellness programs (WPs), like school-based "healthy" eating and "exercise" programs are failures and will continue to fail for as long as they are configured according to the conventional stupidity.

If businesses are truly interested in cutting the costs of sick care and improving the productivity of their employees, the carrots the government holds out to them for implementing WPs, then they will have to mount an insurgency to fight the recommendations that prevent them from achieving these goals.

The experts are the enemies of business.

The sooner businesses realize this, the sooner they can create a chance to succeed.

Otherwise, they are doomed to fail with near certainty.

More Action Needed To Curb Obesity In Children


DIFFERENT action is needed to curb obesity in children.
"More radical measures are needed to tackle childhood obesity, campaigners said this week after figures showed no decline in the number of overweight and obese children.

Almost a quarter of four- to five-year-olds in England's primary schools are overweight or obese, according to the latest data from the NHS Information Centre. And almost one in three children aged 10 to 11 are also overweight or obese, the figures showed.

The data represents little change from the proportion who were overweight or obese last year. It was drawn from the National Child Measurement Programme, which measures the weight of children in reception class (four- to five-year-olds) and Year 6 (aged 10 to 11) in primary schools in England."
The start was good with a call for "more radical measures," but those measures are not "more radical," just more of the same.
"'Therefore, we really hope that the government's Change4Life campaign messages to tackle obesity- eat well, move more and live longer - will make people sit up and take notice.'"
This is, of course, insane.

Fat people would rather die than exercise so the "live longer" part holds no sway.

And if they wanted to eat less and move more, then they would not be fatsos in the first place.

You would think that the people in charge would finally do the right thing and give up on the failing ways of the past since they claim:
"'This new data confirms the shocking state of children's health in this country," said Saranjit Sihota, Head of Public Policy at Diabetes UK.

'The link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes is well documented. Ten years ago children with Type 2 diabetes were unheard of, as it usually affects adults over the age of 40. But Diabetes UK estimates there are now at least 1,400 children who have it, some as young as seven years old.

'Diabetes is a serious condition and can lead to life-threatening complications such as stroke, kidney and heart disease. Diabetes UK recommends a healthy diet and regular physical activity to control weight and cut the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.'"
But they don't.

Clearly they would rather see kids sick and dead of nutritional child abuse.

So sad.

If you want to do something about it, go here.

If you want to lose weight and learn how to help your kids do the same or keep them from getting fat, go here.

GPs 'Could Do More' To Help Obese Avoid Surgery, UK

"Obesity could be treated earlier by GPs and healthcare trusts if they invest more time and money in early stage weight management programmes, therefore avoiding the potential need for surgery later on...

Dr Finer said: 'About one third of people taking the two drugs currently licensed for obesity management, in conjunction with a diet and lifestyle programme, will achieve a 10 per cent weight loss and around half a five per cent loss. Weight loss is well maintained if drug treatment is continued.

'Drug treatment has also been shown to delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, reduce cardiovascular risk factors and improve well-being.'"
The pathetic results of the malpractice known as diet drugs used to stave off the malpractice known as bariatric surgery is ludicrous.

To lose the 5 or 10 percent, assuming they do, the puerco-sapien has to maintain the drug regimen, diet and lifestyle program.

Clearly, if they could do the two latter, there would be no need for the drugs.

To help the obese lose weight, all diet drugs and surgeries should be discretionary and paid for by the individual.

Do that and you will see pounds shed.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Group sues Coke over VitaminWater health claims

"A consumer group said on Thursday it filed a class action lawsuit against Coca-Cola Co, accusing the company of making deceptive health claims about its Vitaminwater beverages.

The lawsuit, filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California, comes just weeks after the world's largest soft drink maker was warned by U.S. health regulators about the way it markets a different product."
Whether they will prevail remains to be seen.

But this beverage, crap pushed by Jorge Cruise and his rapper (possibly ex-) drug dealer bud, 50 Cent (who made out like a bandit when this s**t was sold to Coke), together with the bimbos on The View, is as useless as useless gets, IMHO.

Unless you are the IMHO cons who make bucks of selling worthless things.

Then it is really valuable.

Almost no one has a vitamin deficiency and the other things in it are, at best, unproven ingredients.

If there are any health claims associated with this product, it is very likely that they are deceptive.

Save your money. Root for the CSPI on this one.

Urban areas struggle to find grocers, fresh food

Morons wanting sympathy.
"Selma Lozoya didn't realize how tough it would be to help her obese mother lose weight until she had to forage for fresh groceries in the inner city."
Calories, Calories, Calories. No mas, no menos.

This is another article that waxes querulously about how bad it is with no "fresh" foods around, suggesting that without them people cannot lose weight.

So how did Lozoya's mom, the featured bodega-victimized bovine fare?

Apparently just fine, thank you.
"Seizing control of her kitchen, Lozoya helped her mom shed 50 pounds by banning lard from tamales and poaching chicken instead of frying it..."

By cutting down on Calories. Nothing else. No "fresh" food.
"Like many residents of Lozoya's community, where 28 percent of households live below the federal poverty line, she relies on the small corner grocery a few blocks from her home for chicken, fruit and vegetables."
The bottom line is that Calories do not care if you are rich or poor.

But when there is an opportunity to blame someone else for one's woes, it gets seized.
"We call this food apartheid because people have chosen to locate elsewhere even though there is substantial purchasing power here."

Higher Protein Meals Help Keep The Fat Away

Another crap research story.
"A low kilojoule diet made up of higher protein meals improves the ability to burn fat among overweight and obese people and may be the key to shedding excess kilos, according to new Australian research.

The study, in Nutrition & Dietetics published by Wiley-Blackwell, found higher protein meals may have a subtle fat-burning effect in overweight or obese people. And the study showed the glycaemic index (GI) of a meal has no additional effect on fat breakdown."
First, here is the whore part:
"'People wanting individual advice on how much protein they need should see an Accredited Practising Dietitian,' said Ms Hewat."
This is a clear attempt to separate you from your money by offering you nothing of value. Here is a link to daily recommended protein intake. It's free. (BTW, this does not mean I agree with it, but it is the conventional wisdom which is what you would get from a dieitian.)

Now, here are the ways that this diet approach works and these have been known for, like, ever - contributing to the waste this study represents.

Simply put, when you consume protein, your body works harder to digest it. This effectively decreases the number of Calories you have eaten since more energy is expended by your body. Plus, in this study low Calorie (i.e., low kilojoule) foods were eaten so it was likely that the subjects were in a negative caloric balance (i.e., fewer Calories in than out).

Here are some of the problems.

Most usual protein sources are high in fat and Calories (e.g., regular ground beef). To make this approach more likely to work, you have to use relatively low-fat protein sources (e.g., fat-free soy products) since the real operator here is the low-kilojoule (i.e., low energy, low Calorie) diet.

The Glycemic Index part does not mean squat in practical terms.

There remains a bottom line.

No matter what approach you adopt, it is all about the balance between Calories in and Calories out.

If you want a guide to healthy eating, avoid the experts and go here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Americans spending more on healthcare: report

Yes, Americans are spending more on sick care, but this article is clearly stupid and misleading with conclusory statements unsupported by facts.

So what else is new?
"Americans spent about 40 percent more out of their own pockets for healthcare over the past decade, according to a report in the latest issue of the health policy journal Health Affairs. An increase in chronic conditions, especially diabetes and high blood pressure -- not just among the "oldest old" but among baby boomers and older adults -- is to blame, researchers say...

The greatest spike in spending occurred among people with multiple chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes."
These are diseases that fat people get.

And the rest of us pay for with our taxes.

Businesses waste money on clearly ineffective "Wellness Programs," a further cost passed on to the consumer.
"'Employers are increasingly recognizing the value of wellness programs and making them available to employees. However, more dramatic and systematic efforts are needed to induce a societal shift where primary and secondary prevention is considered a basic benefit and healthy lifestyles are the cultural norm,' they wrote"
In fact, there are no good data to support the "value of wellness programs" except to the companies that are promoting them in journals like the one that published this article.

Caveat employer.

U.S. school meals may be key to better child health

Not in a million years.
"Many American children are not eating enough fruit and vegetables and their diet lacks key nutrients, according to a report released on Wednesday that focuses on school food programs as a way to help prevent long-term health problems.

School kids in the United States are getting too many calories from solid fats found in foods such as pizza and hamburgers, and sugars from candy and soda, said the report by the Institute of Medicine, an arm of the National Academies.

'Most Americans, not just children, are not eating as balanced a diet as we want,' said Virginia Stallings, a professor at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and chair of the committee that conducted the review."
Yes, Virginia, there is an insanity clause and you are written into it.

This is simply more of the same stupidity that got us where we are and will keep us there.

Weight is all about Calories and the balance between intake and output.

Nothing more, nothing less.

You can cram all the "healthy" foods you want down a kid's piehole, but weight will not decrease unless, at the end of the day (or whatever your time frame is), fewer Calories were consumed than burned.

Which brings us to the real culprits - parents - those child-abusing adults who have no concept or desire to do what is right for their kids.

And the others who are complicit child abuse, like, I'll wager, Virginia is for not reporting these unfortunate children to the authorities - a duty mandated by law.

No school in the universe will have a single kid succeed at weight loss by feeding him or her "healthy" foods, if the kid, in total, eats too many Calories relative to those burned outside of school.

This is weight control failure 101 and we are watching the train wreck.

Type 2 diabetes may slow mental processing speed

Don't blame the diabetes. Blame the fatsos.

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.
"New research shows that among the mental abilities that are affected by type 2 diabetes, the speed at which the brain processes information appears to be the most severely impaired, particularly in patients with undiagnosed disease.

Findings from several studies have linked type 2 diabetes with cognitive dysfunction. However, it was unclear which cognitive processes were most affected and how undiagnosed diabetes and abnormal blood glucose (sugar) levels influenced cognitive performance...

A battery of brain function tests revealed that patients with diagnosed diabetes had significantly slower mental processing speed, compared to nondiabetic subjects, Dr. Jane S. Saczynski, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, and colleagues report in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Memory performance and "executive function" -- the ability to plan, schedule, and multi-task -- were comparable in the two groups, except for those who had diabetes for 15 years or longer, for whom significantly poorer executive function was also observed.

For those with undiagnosed diabetes, both processing speed and memory performance were significantly worse relative to their non-diabetic peers.

For patients with impaired fasting glucose (pre-diabetes), cognitive performance in all three areas was on par with that seen in nondiabetic subjects.

'Given the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in older adults and the complexity of disease management in these high-risk individuals, future treatment protocols should be developed with the cognitive status of patients with type 2 diabetes in mind,' the research team concludes."

"Future treatment protocols should NOT be developed with the cognitive status of patients with type 2 diabetes in mind."

The treatment is weight loss. Now and in the future.

And weight loss is a nice, slow speed process.

Perfect for slow, stupid fat people with bad memories.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

People baffled by health messages

"People know a healthy lifestyle is important, but most are still baffled by guidelines on fruit, exercise and alcohol, a report shows."
How could sick care information be baffling?
Antioxidants are healthy
Antioxidants are unhealthy
Antioxidants are healthy
Antioxidants are unhealthy

Caffeine is healthy
Caffeine is unhealthy
Caffeine is healthy
Caffeine is unhealthy

Meat is bad
Meat is good

Body shape is related to health
Body shape is not related to health
Couldn't be clearer.

Still think they have any idea about what a "healthy" food is?

Or just about any "healthy" thing for that matter?

Struggling states cut healthcare for poor before Obama can bolster coverage

Good news!
"Even as President-elect Barack Obama plans an ambitious push to expand health coverage nationwide, states are slashing health services to their poorest residents amid the economic downturn.

The unprecedented cuts in public assistance come as millions of Americans are losing their jobs and health insurance.

In many cases, the cuts are so deep that even the massive federal rescue package being assembled on Capitol Hill may not be enough to restore services being eliminated in the burgeoning crisis, health officials warn.

And the faltering economy has all but killed trailblazing state campaigns to expand coverage for the working poor -- once seen as hopeful signs for national healthcare reform."
And herein lies the good news.

Expanding coverage is the exact wrong thing to do. As long as the politicians and Big Sick Care cannot do this, we are safe.

Once they can, if they can, we are screwed.

The system is replete with wrong-headed approaches to the worst problems it faces and expanding a mistake does not make things better.

Only worse.

We can only hope that things get so "bad" that real improvement will happen.

Keep your fingers crossed.

And if you are like the minority of us who consider hope a poor action plan, then take the situation into your own hands and get fit.

Genetic Screening Offers Little Help for Diabetes Prediction

Still think genetic testing will help you with your overfatness?
"Screening for gene variants associated with type 2 diabetes does not add much to conventional risk factors in identifying patients likely to develop the disorder, results of two studies showed."
Think again.

It ain't about genetics. It is about more Calories in than out.

And it will always be about more Calories in than out.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Will Americans put on "recession pounds"?

Americans will put on any pounds they can. No need for a recession celebration with food to do that.
"Americans may reduce the amount they spend on food in response to a sour economy but some experts fear they may pick up weight in the process.

The specter of 'recession pounds' is a concern weighing on health professionals, who point to numerous studies linking obesity and unhealthy eating habits to low incomes."
They put them on for years before the recession.

But the experts need an excuse to push their bulls**t agenda.

Like the crap about "healthy" foods.
"They fear that as people cut food spending they will cut back on healthy but relatively expensive items such as fresh fish, fruit, vegetables and whole grains, in favor of cheaper options high in sugar and saturated fats."
Eating healthily is cheaper than eating unhealthily.

No special "healthy" foods are needed, especially as there are no "healthy" foods.

"Healthy" foods are contrivances like "Hallmark Holidays." Except they don't last as long, to wit today's "healthy" food is tomorrow's killer food and vice versa.
"'People ... are going to economize and as they save money on food they will be eating more empty calories or foods high in sugar, saturated fats and refined grains, which are cheaper,' said Adam Drewnowski, the director of the Nutrition Sciences Program at the University of Washington in Seattle.

'Things are going to get worse,' he told Reuters in a telephone interview. 'Obesity is a toxic result of a failing economic environment.'"
More bulls**t from a moron.

"Obesity is a toxic result of" more Calories in than out.

It has nothing to do with "a failing economic environment" or the "successful economic environments" that have occurred over our years of getting over fat.

These experts are made of the same IMHO killer nutritional homicide fabric as are Oprah and her experts.

Listen to them at your own peril and our collective expense.

I'm for shutting them up.

Exercise Prescriptions Keep Patients Moving

No, it keeps docs in the money.
"Writing a prescription for exercise may help boost patients' physical activity levels and keep them up long-term, researchers said here.

Women who were part of an activity prescription program were significantly more likely to get in 150 hours of exercise a week and maintain that over two years than women who didn't participate in a program (P=0.01), Beverly A. Lawton, M.D., of the University of Otago here, reported online in BMJ."
And what resulted from this increased activity by prescription?
"However, there were no significant differences between groups in any of the secondary clinical outcomes such as blood pressure, weight, waist circumference, and cholesterol. Both groups saw slight improvements in most of these measures."
Nothing of importance.

No wait!
"One negative to increased exercise: There were more falls (P<0.001) p="0.03)">
Even more work/income for the docs.

Now that is important and valuable.

Great research!

U.S. stroke, heart disease death rates down sharply

Kudos, fatsos.

Assuming the data are correct and deaths are down, you are reversing the trend.
"The U.S. death rates from heart disease and stroke have fallen by about 30 percent this decade but there are ominous signs that the worrisome obesity epidemic could snuff out the progress, experts said on Monday...

...there are signs of trouble for the future.

Among women 35 to 54, evidence is emerging indicating the first uptick in heart disease and stroke death rates for the first time in four decades, Lloyd-Jones said. Among men in the same age group, there is evidence that the death rate declines are flattening out but a reversal has not yet been detected.

This could be the harbinger of a 'coming tidal wave of problems from the obesity epidemic,' Lloyd-Jones said...

...the cascade of health effects from worrisome rates of obesity could reverse the progress, according to the report. Government figures show that 26 percent of Americans are obese, and state rates reach as high as 33 percent.

Obesity raises a person's risk of heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, the most common form of diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other problems."
Maybe the "tidal wave" will wash all of you away.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

School ban on sugary drinks shows little effect

Who could have seen this coming?
"Policies that rid Maine high schools of sugary drinks seem to have had little impact on teenagers' overall intake of sugar-laden beverages, according to a new study.

The study compared four high schools that eliminated soda and other sugar-sweetened drinks from cafeterias and vending machines with three schools that did not take such measures.

Researchers found that over one school year, students in both groups of schools cut down on their average daily intake of sugary drinks -- but there was no evidence that the school soda bans led to greater reductions."
Fitness Watch readers, that's who.

And in case you are tempted to wish otherwise, "healthy" foods in schools won't work either.

AACR: Exercise and Poor Sleep Combine as Odd Cancer Risk

Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?
"Although exercise has generally been found to prevent cancer, combining it with poor sleep may be a risk factor, a researcher said here."
This is what you get when you piggyback bad research onto bad research.
"'This interesting finding needs to be confirmed in subsequent studies,' Dr. McClain added."
Always be wary of an "interesting finding." Usually this means unexpected which usually means that the current data is wrong or the prior data upon which the study was predicated is wrong.

Interesting research comments are like the curse, "May you live through interesting times."

More importantly, it pays to get that they really have no good idea re: the effects of sleep or exercise on many diseases.

Even though we advocate physical and nutritional fitness at Fitness Watch, we do not claim it is a cure-all or 100% preventive or will save you from death.

We simply stay with the truths that if you want to lose weight to maintain a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 and reduce your likelihood of developing certain bad illnesses you have to consume fewer Calories than you burn and if you want to improve your fitness you have to train, not exercise.

These are the truths.

And the rest?

They are speculation and fertile ground for "interesting" research results.

Drug price controls may shorten lives: report

What could possibly be wrong here?
"Imposing European-style price controls on prescription drugs in the United States would result in modest cost savings that would be more than offset by shortened life spans as the pace of drug innovation slows, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday...

All five papers in the section were funded by a grant from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc."
'Nuff said.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Good news and bad on cholesterol levels: US study

Kudos, fatsos.
"Levels of 'bad' LDL cholesterol among adult Americans have fallen somewhat since 1980. However, harmful triglyceride levels have nearly quintupled over the same time period, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's annual meeting.

Research presenter Dr. Jerome D. Cohen of St. Louis University, Missouri, told Reuters Health that the falling LDL cholesterol levels may reflect Americans' greater awareness of the dangers of a high-fat diet, but the 'skyrocketing triglyceride levels' reflect the increasing prevalence of obesity, which Cohen described as a 'a true epidemic.'...

The problem is that more than one third of Americans are obese and two thirds are overweight. To lower triglycerides, it's weight loss, weight loss, weight loss,' Cohen emphasized. 'We need to eat less, eat better and exercise more.'

'We are going to be paying a price for this by an increase in deaths from heart disease,' Cohen said. While statins have contributed greatly to controlling high levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, 'we are reaching a saturation point of pill popping.' The costs of healthcare are going to increase, as well, he noted."

So, nutririonally fit people (i.e., not fatsos), better take a stand now against the fat majority who will make the rest of us pay for their caloric irresponsibility.

Costlier New Diabetes Drugs Don't Necessarily Produce Better Outcomes, Stanford Researcher Says

When Big Pharma meets Big Fatso.
"The annual cost of prescription diabetes drugs nearly doubled to $12.5 billion between 2001 and 2007, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of Chicago. The researchers say the findings raise questions about whether the higher cost actually translates into improved care and better outcomes.

'It's important to recognize how expensive treatment for diabetes has become,' said Randall Stafford, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the Stanford Prevention Research Center and senior author of the study. 'This near-doubling of diabetes costs may partly reflect better care, but we need to step back and examine the value of newer and more costly medications that may be overused.'"
No surprise here.

Gestational Diabetes and Excessive Pregnancy Weight Gain a Harmful Combination

Kudos, fatsos.

Gestational diabetes is fat pregnant woman diabetes.
"Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) who gain more than the Institute of Medicine-recommended amount of weight during pregnancy are at increased risk for undesirable perinatal outcomes, including macrosomia, preterm delivery and cesarean delivery, research shows. They are also more likely to require medical therapy to control their diabetes."
And these are associated with complications for the fetus, and later the infant, you abused in utero.

Proud of your fat self, you child abuser, you?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Physical Activity May Not Be Key To Obesity Epidemic

What we have been saying for years.
"A recent international study fails to support the common belief that the number of calories burned in physical activity is a key factor in rising rates of obesity.

Researchers from Loyola University Health System and other centers compared African American women in metropolitan Chicago with women in rural Nigeria. On average, the Chicago women weighed 184 pounds and the Nigerian women weighed 127 pounds.

Researchers had expected to find that the slimmer Nigerian women would be more physically active. To their surprise, they found no significant difference between the two groups in the amount of calories burned during physical activity.

'Decreased physical activity may not be the primary driver of the obesity epidemic," said Loyola nutritionist Amy Luke, Ph.D., corresponding author of the study in the September 2008 issue of the journal Obesity. Luke is an associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine."
It takes morons so long to get a clue.

Perhaps that is why they are morons.

Another reason to avoid the experts, who have been spewing harmful crap for years, and do weight loss and fitness right.

A Study Reveals The Anti Inflammatory Properties Of Virgin Olive Oil

"A Study Reveals Stupid Researchers And The Harmful Properties Of Virgin Olive Oil"

The Harmful Properties Of Virgin Olive Oil:
"Researchers from the Hospital Universitario Reina Sofía de Córdoba (University Hospital Reina Sofía of Córdoba, Spain) have carried out a study in order to determine the influence of the micronutrients of certain fats on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or cancer, and if their consumption might modify the inflammatory process in healthy people. To this end, they have studied the consumption in diets with different fatty composition, based on extra virgin olive oil, nuts and butter, observing that extra virgin olive oil modulate on a downward trend healthy individuals' inflammatory levels, whereas a diet rich in nuts has an intermediate effect and the diet rich in butter exerts a damaging effect on inflammation mediators...

'...the main property of olive oil is its richness of antioxidants, which makes it a unique fat.'"
There you have it.

More about the killer antioxidants, which according to some studies, they kill yougive you malignanciesdon't help your heartdon't lengthen your life and may shorten it.

Now for more proof that the researchers are stupid:
"High-impact international scientific journals specialized in the nutrition field such as the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism or Atherosclerosis have already echoed the results of this work carried out by the Lipids and Atherosclerosis Unit of the Reina Sofía University Hospital, under the direction of doctors Francisco Pérez Jiménez and José López Miranda, with the collaboration of the Laboratory of Experimental Nephrology and Vascular Pathology of the Jiménez Díaz Foundation."
"Already echoed..."

How is something "already echoed" when it comes first?

It is not.

Just as it is not certain that antioxidants are good for you.

Face it. They do not know what a "healthy" food is.

The Truth About Gyms

You won't find any truth about gyms in this article, except...
"MYTH TWO: 'New Year Joiners' tend to stop attending gyms within four-six weeks.

FACT: People who join in January and February are no more likely to quit than those who join at any other time in the year. Almost 66 % of members retained their membership for at least 12 months-up from 61% in 2001. While the average rate of member cancellations per 1000 is 36, down from 103 in 2000[4].

It takes 23 months for 60% to cancel their membership. But this is no indication that they are not joining another gym, relocating to a new area, or starting a new job with a new membership scheme."
The truth is hidden, but out there.

Note that the "Myth" speaks of "attendance" and the "Fact" speaks of "joining and quitting."

The fact is that people join and do not engage/participate and when they do, they do it wrong since the fitness and weight loss advice out there is untruthful.

Want to succeed?

Go here.

Then participate properly.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Research Finds Children Are Bending The Rules To Avoid Healthy School Food And That They Are 'drowning' In Fast Food Outlets

Who could have seen this coming?

FitnessWatch readers. That's who.
"A study from experts at City University London has found that children in Tower Hamlets are regularly ignoring school healthy eating initiatives to binge on fast food on the way to and from school - some even choose to skip lunch to eat fast food at the end of the day. The research also examined the prevalence of fast food outlets in the borough and found that 97% of households lie within a ten-minute walk from a convenience food seller and that in some areas there are more fast food outlets than shops."
Which is why, for years, we have advocated for Gram Shop Acts, "student-sized" meals, etc.

Help the kids.

Egg Consumption And Type 2 Diabetes

The egg of death.
"An egg a day raises risk of Type 2 diabetes. Research published recently in the US claims that eating one egg every day can substantially raise the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Scientists from Boston, Massachusetts reached the conclusions after tracking almost 57,000 men and women over a period of up to 20 years.

They found that eating an egg every day increased the overall risk of Type 2 diabetes by about 60 per cent. For women the risk increased by 77 per cent."
Or not.

"The American Heart Association says that one egg a day is acceptable..."

Still think they have any idea of what a "healthy" food is?

There are no "healthy" foods. There is only eating healthily.

Smoking's effect on child weight may vary by race

Another nail in the coffin of people who think there will be a genetic "cure" to their overfatness.
"Studies have linked prenatal smoking to a higher risk of childhood obesity, but new findings suggest that effect may vary based on race and ethnicity.

In a study of more than 155,000 preschool children, U.S. researchers found that the link between mothers' smoking during pregnancy and their children's risk of obesity was most clear among white families.

In contrast, only heavy prenatal smoking was tied to childhood obesity among African Americans. And there was no clear evidence that it raised the odds of obesity among children of Hispanic, Native American or Asian descent." You can bet that there will be more and more studies showing genetic differences among people that purportedly are associated with overweight/obesity."
This will lead to many more millions wasted on fruitless research trying to customize "care."

However, no matter your race, genetics or whatever people blame for their caloric irresponsibility, there is one "cure" that works for all, i.e., fewer Calories in than out.

And you have a choice.

Waste all of your hard-earned income contributing your tax dollars to this crap or step up and fight.

You decide.

If you choose to fight, here are two suggestions:
1. Contact FTC about the bad diet advice spewed by the experts.

2. contact your local child and family welfare services whenever you become aware of a story regarding fat children, i.e., nutritionally abused children, in which a physician, teacher, nurse or school principal is mentioned. Call to ask if the person reported the abuse to the agency. If not, complain since they are mandated by law to report it. They are lawbreakers for shirking their responsibilities. This makes them complicit in child abuse.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Obesity Comes With A Price Tag

And the news here is? (see below)

This is not it:
"There are hard dollars-and-cents costs to being overweight or obese, according to Humana (NYSE: HUM), one of the nation's largest health benefits companies.

Specifically, Humana estimates these costs at the following for 2009:

- $19.39 in added health care costs for every overweight pound;
- $1,037.64 for every overweight individual;
- $127 billion added to the national health care bill.

Overweight people are more prone to heart disease, stroke, diabetes - even some kinds of cancers. Chronic diseases that are a result of weighing too much are an ever-increasing part of America's health care bill."
Time for the rest of us to stop paying for it.

And this is not even the one-hundredth of it.

The personal costs have been ignored. To get a sense of what those are, go here.

This is news:
"The good news is that Humana's data also indicates that just a small change - a reduction of 276 calories a day for the overweight - makes a big difference. Cutting that little from each day's intake would start moving millions of Americans from the category of overweight to healthy. That means people don't have to re-engineer their lives to get on a healthier path. Incremental change - giving up one soft drink and walking an extra 2,500 steps each day, for example - will do the job."
FitnessMed, Inc., programs have, for years, made weight loss achievable through sensible reductions in caloric intake, not concentration camp-reductions as advocated by the experts.

Further, we have always said that "lifestyle changes" are unnecessary.

That the more mainstream in sick care is closing the huge gap between us and them is news.

But it is not enough.

To do weight loss and fitness right, go here.