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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dietitians Of Canada: Poverty Puts Health At Risk

No. Overweight/obesity causes poverty, a condition known as "poveresity."

Here are some data from MASSematics tm : How To Get Rich By Not Dieting:

The average cost of the extra Calories needed to get and maintain an average amount of overweight:
$1.88 per day
$57.34 per month
$688.13 per year
By depositing the YEARLY amount ONCE each year, an INDIVIDUAL would have saved over an average lifetime at 5%, 7.5% and 10%, this much money with interest compounding once annually:
Yearly Cost - $688.13
Annual Interest 5%  - $666,096.86
Annual Interest 7.5% - $2,962,947.67      
Annual Interest 10% - $13,971,593.94
By depositing the MONTHLY amount ONCE each month, an average FAMILY would have saved over their average lifetime at 5%, 7.5% and 10%, this much money with interest compounding once monthly at 1/12 the annual rate:
Monthly Cost - $182.34
Annual Interest 5% - $2,207,968.86
Annual Interest 7.5% - $10,664,615.55
Annual Interest 10% - $56,853,186.45 
The Cost of the 3-Hour Diet tm – Jorge Cruise and David Katz, MD (at home “gourmet” version):
Cost - $40.66 per day after taxes
$284.60 per week after taxes
Daily pre-tax earnings $87.54 each day, every work day
Hourly pre-tax earnings $10.94 per hour, every hour, every work day
How many times more expensive a 3-Hour Diet tm Calorie is than an average Calorie:
8.7 times
How many times more expensive a NutriSystem tm Calorie is than an average Calorie:
9.9 times
Add to the examples above, the costs of government rescue for the fat and that money being lost from other endeavors which could yield returns.

After a while, you are talking real money.

This is from the Dietitians of Canada:
"Recent media reports have highlighted the difficulty that recipients of social assistance face in purchasing a healthy diet. Dietitians of Canada (DC), the national association of dietitians, contends that the most appropriate approach to ensure Ontarians can purchase a healthy diet is through poverty reduction. Linda Dietrich, DC's Regional Executive Director for Central and Southern Ontario, states that 'Research shows that food insecurity has immediate and long-term health consequences, and makes it more difficult to manage chronic diseases. The position of Dietitians of Canada is that all Canadians must have food security, and recommends addressing the issue through a population health approach that reduces poverty through improvements to the social safety net.'

Registered Dietitians see the effects of food insecurity daily in their practice..."
Of course they do, since their inane nutrition advice causes the problem.

It is more than possible to eat healthily AND spend less.

But the first step to nutritional financial freedom is to stop paying attention to the experts.

The sooner you do that, the wealthier and fitter you will become.

Red Meat Linked To Blindness in Old Age

Bad news for chickens.
"A new study from Australia suggests that eating lots of red meat is linked to a higher risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in old age...

Chong and colleagues found that compared to those who ate it less than five times a week, people who ate red meat 10 times a week were nearly 50 per cent more likely to develop AMD in old age.

However, they also found that people who ate chicken at least three times a week were 50 per cent less likely to develop the condition."
Who could have seen this coming? Apparently not old meat eaters.

And apparently they never will.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Study Shows Moderate Intensity Walking Means 100 Steps Per Minute - 3000 Steps In 30 Minutes 5 Times A Week

"The benefits of moderate physical activity to general health and well-being are well known. It is recommended that people engage in 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity, equivalent to 30 minutes each day 5 times a week. Although pedometers are widely used as a physical activity monitoring tool, they are unable to measure activity intensity. Researchers have determined that a rate of at least 100 steps per minute achieves moderate intensity activity. Therefore a simple pedometer-based recommendation of 3000 steps in 30 minutes can get people started on a meaningful exercise program."
Olympic athletes don't even move twice this fast. I deal with this matter here, here and here.

And that is for the low-end of moderate intensity exercise. The high-end of moderate intensity exercise, according to these fools, is 200 steps per minute or faster than Olympians move.

These recommendations are not only insane, they are out of step with other, more recent, recommendations advocating for even more - between 50 minutes per day up to 3-4 hours per day.

Do not fall for the crap.

Obese People Seem To Fare Worse After Pancreatic Cancer Surgery

Kudos, fatsos. Are the extra Calories really worth it?
"After having surgery for pancreatic cancer, obese people with a BMI of 35 or more seem to be the most likely to have poorer outcomes such as cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes, lower rates of survival and higher rates of cancer recurrence...

'In many obesity-related diseases and malignant neoplasms [cancerous tumors], an increased prevalence of pancreatic cancer has been reported in numerous epidemiologic and cohort studies focusing on obese patients,' they wrote.

'Further, obesity has been associated with decreased survival in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma...' they added."
Eat hearty, which is a choice you make, but remember, you can't take it with you.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

President Obama Urged To Prioritize Physical Activity

Morons loudly weighing in.
"More than 30 national medical, scientific, and health and fitness organizations today urged President Obama to give physical activity a heightened focus on the nation's health care agenda.

The call to action cited the powerful effects that physical activity has on reducing long-term health care costs."
This is, of course, a stadium-load of crap as exercise is a terribly inefficient way to lose weight.
"Physical activity is a viable, inexpensive way to combat these numerous preventable health problems, including heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, stroke, osteoporosis, depression and anxiety, breast cancer, and falls among older adults."
Actually, the inefficiency of exercise puts the lie to the suggestion that it is "a viable, inexpensive way to combat these numerous preventable health problems."

The reality is that it is impractical, making it non-viable for an awful lot of people.

Prioritize means to "assign a priority to."

As long as it is a distant second to controlling Calories in, prioritize away.

Researchers find gene that turns carbs into fat

Wanna bet?
"U.S. researchers have found a gene responsible for turning a plate of pasta into fat, offering new clues about how the body metabolizes carbohydrates and how they contribute to obesity.

The gene, called DNA-PK, appears to regulate the process in the liver that turns carbohydrates into fat, the University of California, Berkeley team reported on Thursday in the journal Cell.

"We hope that this research will one day help people eat bread, pasta and rice and not worry about getting fat," Roger Wong, a graduate student who worked on the study, said in a statement."

Carbs do not get turned into fat. Excess Calories do.

More research that will end up on the trash heap.

Massachusetts Faces Costs of Big Health Care Plan

More insanity. This is AIG for the FAT. (more about this later)

At Fitness Watch I try to avoid most politics except the politics of fitness. Here there is an intersection between the politics of fitness and health upon which I will comment.

You should realize that the Massachusetts plan is touted as an example for the country as a whole and that there are far-reaching consequences to this.
"Three years ago, Massachusetts enacted perhaps the boldest state health care experiment in American history, bringing near-universal coverage to the commonwealth with Paul Revere speed.

To make it happen, Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, made an expedient choice, deferring until another day any serious effort to control the state’s runaway health costs.

The day of reckoning has arrived. Threatened first by rapid early enrollment in its new subsidized insurance program and now by a withering economy, the state’s pioneering overhaul has entered a second, more challenging phase.

Thanks to new taxes and fees imposed last year, the health plan’s jittery finances have stabilized for the moment. But government and industry officials agree that the plan will not be sustainable over the next 5 to 10 years if they do not take significant steps to arrest the growth of health spending.

With Washington watching, the state’s leaders are again blazing new trails. Both Gov. Deval Patrick, Mr. Romney’s Democratic successor, and a high-level state commission have set out to revamp the way public and private insurers reimburse physicians and hospitals.

They want a new payment method that rewards prevention and the effective control of chronic disease, instead of the current system, which pays according to the quantity of care provided."
As with other stupidity-based schemes this has no hope of working.

It is impossible for docs to prevent disease, except those caused by medical error.

Disease prevention can only be accomplished by the individual him- or her-self.

And the only way of which we are aware to lessen the likelihood of developing certain bad illnesses is to get fitter.

Any other approach must, will and does fail.

That is the underlying fallacy to all of this nonsense.

And the sooner the profoundly stupid people in DC realize this, the better off we will become.

The onus should not be on the docs or the system for the failure of people to do what it takes to protect their health, just as it should not be on teachers to ensure that school kids do well in school - that is the responsibility of parents who ought to get their kids to study, behave, etc.

Punishing docs (and teachers) for the failures of adults to act on their own behalf (and on behalf of their children) will have no outcome other than maintaining the status quo, which is the deepening of an existing problem, only more expensively.

The issue is one of horses at water. You cannot make them drink.

But you can prod them by making the adults/parents accountable by eliminating rescue benefits.

Once they have a chance to experience the full scope of what they have voluntarily done to themselves, then change is more likely.

Anything else will definitely never work.

(As to the AIG-ity of this densely stupid fat person bailout project - a redundancy and common element to all health care reform - consider virtually any non-cheerleading piece written about the AIG bailout. Just substitute "fat people" for "AIG" and you will soon get the point. See here to get an idea. BTW, this is not an endorsement of the linked website, the author or their politics.)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Symposium To Look At Genetic Basis Of Exercise

A waste.
"'Adaptation to exercise' is a familiar phenomenon, even if the phrase is not: A sedentary person takes up jogging and can barely make it around the block. After jogging regularly for a few weeks, the person can jog a mile, then two, then three. With regular exercise, the body adapts, becoming fitter and more efficient. The heart can pump more blood, delivering more oxygen to the muscles. The muscles get stronger, and so on.

There are individual differences in the ability to adapt to exercise."
So what?

In our lifetimes it will make zero difference in the incidence of overweight/obesity-related illnesses.

If they really wanted to make a difference, they would study the genetics of stupid and adaptation to learning.

Fixing stupid and the apparent inability to learn would go a much longer way to solving many problems.

And how tough will all this be to decipher?
"So far, scientists have identified about 200 genes that play a role in the body's ability to adapt to exercise...

While this research is exciting, it has its limitations, Dr. Olfert said. Many genes play a role in exercise adaptation, most of these genes probably have a minor effect, and the way these genes work and interact with each other is quite complicated."

Don't expect any of this to make an iota of difference in your life or the lives of your kids.

Except for the money that will be wasted in pursuing this garbage.

Vegetarians 'get fewer cancers'

"A vegetarian diet may help to protect against cancer, a UK study suggests.

Analysis of data from 52,700 men and women shows that those who did not eat meat had significantly fewer cancers overall than those who did.

But surprisingly, the researchers also found a higher rate of colorectal cancer - a disease linked with eating red meat - among the vegetarians."
Maybe not.

Must be all that colon cancer-causing fiber.

They really have no idea what is going on.
"He added: 'It doesn't support the idea that vegetarians would have lower rates of colorectal cancer and I think it means we need to think more carefully about how meat fits into it.'

More work is needed to unpick the links between diet and cancer but such studies are incredibly hard to do, he said."

Which is why one's best bet is to get fit.

Plainly and simply.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Vitamin D May Not Be The Answer To Feeling SAD

A chink in the armor of the cure du jour - Vitamin D.
"A lack of Vitamin D, due to reduced sunlight, has been linked to depression and the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but research by the University of Warwick shows there is no clear link between the levels of vitamin D in the blood and depression."

Stay tuned for more disproving Vitamin D research.

Obesity danger 'rivals smoking'

Yes, since the rest of us die/suffer from second-hand fat.
"Being severely obese is as hazardous to health as a lifetime of smoking, shortening life by a decade, a group of Oxford University experts has warned."
The mechanism that affects the rest of us is from the wasted resources that are squandered dealing with fat people's diseases of choice.

As examples, there are the gazillions wasted researching a "cure" for lifting the fork too many times to the mouth, a "cure" for the too stupid to cut back on eating when your reflection no longer fits in the mirror and a "cure" for the ginormous carbon shadow on a sunny day that offers entire classrooms of children shelter from the sun.

Second-hand fat is a killer and we should not be subjected to it.

It is enough to make the fit sick.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

More evidence links diabetes to Alzheimer's risk

More data explaining why fat people are stupid.
"You've heard that diabetes hurts your heart, your eyes, your kidneys. New research indicates a more ominous link: That diabetes increases the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease and may speed dementia once it strikes.

Doctors long suspected diabetes damaged blood vessels that supply the brain. It now seems even more insidious, that the damage may start before someone is diagnosed with full-blown diabetes, back when the body is gradually losing its ability to regulate blood sugar.

In fact, the lines are blurring between what specialists call "vascular dementia" and scarier classic Alzheimer's disease. Whatever it's labeled, there's reason enough to safeguard your brain by fighting diabetes and heart-related risks...

The link has staggering societal implications: More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's, and cases already are projected to skyrocket in the next two decades as the population ages. The question is how much the simultaneous obesity-fueled epidemic of Type 2 diabetes may worsen that toll.

There are about 18 million Type 2 diabetics who are considered to have at least two to three times a non-diabetic's risk of developing Alzheimer's."
All the more reason not to subsidize fat people's diseases of choice.

They are too stupid to avoid them.

Once they get 'em, they are too stupid to know they have 'em.

Don't waste the resources rescuing them from their choices.

Study: Some heart patients undoing drug benefits

Yet another reason not to pay for rescuing fatsos.
"European heart patients are taking more medication than ever before to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol, but bad habits such as overeating and smoking are undermining the drugs, a new study says. Despite big increases in heart patients on medication, most still have high blood pressure and nearly half have high cholesterol...

The experts found that more young patients are smoking, and more patients are fatter and diabetic compared with similar groups from 12 years ago...

Experts said trends were similar in the United States."
That is why fat people who get rescued from funds that were from the public coffer should be monitored for weight loss success within a certain period of time. (Ditto for smokers who fail to quit.)

If they fail, they should be compelled to pay the rest of us back.

Risk factors for severe head flattening identified

Problem - cure. Related stories?

Sorry couldn't resist.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Walkers should aim for 100 steps per minute

What does this really mean?
"People who walk for exercise should aim for a pace of 100 steps per minute to ensure their workout is intense enough, according to researchers...

In the new study, researchers found that the average walker should aim for 100 steps per minute at a minimum in order to get a moderate-intensity workout...

The findings are based on exercise tests given to 97 healthy adults with an average age of 32. In general, men needed to walk at a pace of 92 to 102 steps per minute to achieve a moderately intense workout for their hearts. The range for women was between 91 and 115 steps per minute.

'We believe that these data support a general recommendation of walking at more than 100 steps per minute on level terrain to meet the minimum of the moderate-intensity guideline,' Marshall said."
I deal with this matter here, here and here.

Briefly, 100 steps per minute gets you to the low end of moderate intensity physical activity. (" the minimum of the moderate-intensity guideline.")

The difference between the low end and the high end of moderate intensity physical activity is a factor of 2.

This means that to do moderate intensity physical activity, but at the high end, you have to take 200 steps per minute.

The range for moderate intensity physical activity then is between 100 and 200 steps per minute or 1.67 and 3.34 steps per second.

In the 1984 Olympics, the fastest humans on earth apparently moved their legs between 185 and 200 or between 3.08 and 3.34 times per second.

So the recommendations of the experts are to move your legs half as fast or even faster than the fastest humans on earth. ("We believe that these data support a general recommendation of walking at more than 100 steps per minute on level terrain to meet the minimum of the moderate-intensity guideline.")

Good luck with that.

Insane or what?

And these are your experts.

For a rational approach to weight loss and fitness, go here.

GPs Debate Chocolate Tax, Scotland

These GPs must have haggis on the brain. (see below for pathology image of a brain on haggis)
"GPs at a conference in Glasgow narrowly defeated a motion to tax chocolate. Although the debate recognised the need to address Scotland's soaring obesity levels, the motion, which called for chocolate to be taxed in the same way as alcohol, was lost by just two votes."
Another attempt by morons to penalize everybody because of the calorically irresponsible fatsos.

There is a reasonable way to institute a fat tax and taxing things that affect responsible consumers of Calories is not the way.

This is haggis:

This is a Scottish GP's brain on haggis (note the pathology tag/ring on the medulla oblongata):

Any questions?

Study: Being obese can take years off your life

For sure.
"Being obese can take years off your life and in some cases may be as dangerous as smoking, a new study says."
Those of us who have to pay for fat people's diseases of choice lose years worth of income and probably living, too, as we worry about how to make ends meet in our calorically responsible retirements.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Few Customers Read Nutritional Information In Fast Food Restaurants

Who could have seen this coming?
"More prominent displays may be needed to help increase consumer awareness of nutritional information in fast food restaurants, according to an observational study from Yale University that appears in the May issue of the American Journal of Public Health...

Of the more than 4,311 patrons observed, only six (0.1 percent) sought out the nutritional information available in the restaurants prior to making a purchase."
Ah, yes, the "bigger is better" argument. But...
"'Clear calorie information is critical to helping consumers make informed decisions about what they are eating,' said Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale and an author of the study. 'It is notoriously difficult to estimate the calories in fast food meals. Polls show that consumers want the information and this study shows how they need it in a more prominent and visible place - right on the menus and menu boards.'"
If people "want the information" so badly, then:
why do only 0.1% care enough to find it (assuming they have to root around for it)
why is Kelly Brownell, who is an "expert" in junk food and knows "the calories in fast food meals" a fat, and an IMHO misleading/dishonest fatso?
Here are pictures of Kelly:

This one is from the Yale Daily News "Updated: Monday, March 23, 2009 at 3:15am":

Note the article date. This is the image Kelly currently displays on his LEARN website where you can buy his weight loss advice.

Here is a supposedly current image of Kelly from the Yale website:

He's bigger. Is it better?

A lot of good this expert's knowledge of "the nutritional information at a select group of fast-food restaurants" has done.

You, too, can achieve Kelly's success by following his program!
"The LEARN Program is different from any other program available today. It teaches individuals essential skills that are necessary to live and maintain a healthy body weight in today's "toxic" environment of high-fat, high-calorie foods and thousands of labor-saving devices."
(Good job, Puerco Brownell. Way to set a good example.)

While you are at it, you can achieve Barry Sears' success by following his Zone Diet!

And when you are done looking at what these experts can accomplish, go to and see what her experts can do for you.

Then, if you have a (lucid) moment, contact FTC from the Jail For Oprah website and tell them to make these people go away.

For once and for all.

Pre-diabetes linked to heart disease

Kudos, fatsos.
"Pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood sugar levels are occasionally abnormal, is associated with a number of metabolic changes that can promote heart disease and stroke, according to a report in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism."
And who gets pre-diabetes?

Most commonly fat people and regrettably, their fat, nutritionally abused kids.

Calcium For Weight Loss

Apparently not - at least according to the research center's report of the research.
"Boosting calcium consumption spurs weight loss, according to a study published in the most recent issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, but only in people whose diets are calcium deficient...

Angelo Tremblay and his team at Université Laval's Faculty of Medicine made the discovery in a 15-week weight loss program they conducted on obese women. The participants consumed on average less than 600 mg of calcium per day, whereas recommended daily intake is 1000 mg. In addition to following a low calorie diet...

'Our hypothesis is that the brain can detect the lack of calcium and seeks to compensate by spurring food intake, which obviously works against the goals of any weight loss program,' said Angelo Tremblay, holder of the Canada Research Chair in Environment and Energy Balance. 'Sufficient calcium intake seems to stifle the desire to eat more,' he added."
"Spurring food intake," eh?

Well if they ate more, then those who gained weight must not have been following the same "low calorie (sic) diet as those who lost the weight.

That is, they consumed a greater number of Calories.

And this report is from the place where the research was conducted.


In any event, look to Big White and its IMHO Big Lie Machine to twist this into a "drink (Calorie-containing) milk to lose weight" campaign, even though the research used (non-caloric) "calcium tablets."

Monday, March 23, 2009

Depression Lowers Blood Pressure, but Antidepressants Increase It

More "truth has a shelf life" - do you really think they have any idea about what is going on?

"Contrary to prevailing opinion, new research indicates it is not depression that raises blood pressure but the drugs used to treat depression — a finding that suggests patients on antidepressants might need to be more closely monitored.

Investigators at the VU University Medical Center, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, show that depression is associated with low — not high — blood pressure but that taking certain antidepressants, particularly tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), tends to raise blood pressure and increase the risk for hypertension."
"People who experience symptoms of depression or anxiety are at increased risk of developing hypertension, suggest the results of a two-decade study."
The point?

They have no idea what is going on with something as common as hypertension that they have been looking at for a bazillion years.

They have even less idea of what is going on in the weight loss/fitness domain.

Do yourself a favor and don't listen to the experts.

They are clueless.

Listen to reason.

Food nutrition programs don't lead to obesity: USDA

Excusinators united.
"Food stamps, school lunch and other public nutrition programs do not contribute to an obesity epidemic affecting millions of children and adults, despite blame levied by critics, U.S. and academic officials said on Thursday...

'USDA is not aware of any convincing evidence that school meals or other federal nutrition programs cause obesity and overweight. The evidence that does exist is mixed,' Thomas O'Connor, USDA's acting deputy undersecretary for nutrition, told a House Appropriations subcommittee."
With certainty, no food or meal causes overweight/obesity.

Only more Calories in than out over time causes overweight/obesity.

No matter what this moron says:
"Lynn Parker, a scholar at Institute of Medicine, said the environment that children are in plays a big role in contributing to their obesity. For example, having high fat or high sodium items at school sends the wrong message."
Because kids neither know the fat and sodium contents of food nor do they prepare their foods at home.

What causes overweight/obesity are assh**es like this Parker person making idiot-quality excuses.

AAD: Poor Nutrition Linked to Psoriasis

Another reason it is painful to look at fat people.
"Addressing individual factors associated with metabolic syndrome may have benefits for psoriasis, preliminary findings from an ongoing study suggest.

Obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise all correlated with psoriasis, and a higher body mass index was associated with more severe disease, Jennifer Ahdout, of UCLA, and colleagues reported at the American Academy of Dermatology meeting."
Here's not looking at you, kid.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Future of Health Care Journalism

The shelf lives of some fitness/health truths have expired even before publication.

If you are uninterested in suffering from the misinformation of the MSM and others, this is a worthwhile read. A synopsis of the findings can be found here.
"The survey and the journalist interviews I conducted carry a powerful message about the threat to the flow of meaningful health news to the American public. Here are some of the data that trouble me:

• 94% of survey respondents say the bottom line pressure in media organizations is seriously hurting the quality of news coverage of health care issues;

• 88% of survey respondents think health care coverage leans too much toward short “quick hit” stories, and two-thirds (64%) say the trend toward shorter stories has gotten worse in the past few years.

• A majority of respondents (52%) say there is too much coverage of consumer or lifestyle health, and too little of health policy (70%), health care quality (70%), and health disparities (69%).

• Just under half (44%) of staff journalists participating in the survey say that their organization sometimes (33%) or frequently (10%) bases stories on news releases without substantial additional reporting.

• About one in 10 staff journalists in the survey (11%) say his or her own organization sometimes or frequently allows advertisers, sales staff or sponsors to influence story selection or content and another 21% say this occurs rarely.

I am not at all comforted by this and do not see this as “only” 11%. In discussing serious ethical breaches, even “rare” events are important. So I read it as 32% of respondents acknowledging that their news organizations sometimes allow advertisers or sponsors to influence health care news.

That is an amazing admission and perhaps the most troubling finding in the entire survey.

So on the eve of what may be the most important health policy discussion in this country in 15 years, we’re covering these topics less frequently.

Instead, our news organizations often cover cutesy, soft, fluffy, news you can use features.

Or our news organizations often make it seem like every medical journal, every scientific meeting is like Christmas Day with terrific new toys under the tree that have no side effects and no price tag."
The bottom line is that you are being duped by IMHO crooked media persons like Oprah and her experts and the hosts of The View (who promote popular and IMHO ridiculous diets), as well as media companies that promote IMHO crap, like Rodale the company that does Prevention magazine and ABCNews the outlet for Oprah and her people.

Generally speaking, the smartest thing you can do when the MSM offer a "health" story is to cover your ears and loudly yell, "La La La La La La La...!"

If you don't want to get sick, that is.

Top Pain Scientist Fabricated Data in Studies, Hospital Says

This one had no truth and no shelf life, yet it possessed years of "legs."
"A prominent Massachusetts anesthesiologist allegedly fabricated 21 medical studies that claimed to show benefits from painkillers like Vioxx and Celebrex, according to the hospital where he worked.

Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Mass., said that its former chief of acute pain, Scott S. Reuben, had faked data used in the studies, which were published in several anesthesiology journals between 1996 and 2008."

Better to protect yourself by getting fit, than entering the sick care system and getting hit.

How Cranberry Products Prevent Urinary Tract Infections Revealed By New Research

Remember that truth has a shelf life and it is especially short in the domain of fitness. Here is another example of how yesterday's scientific truth becomes today's lie.
"Chemicals present in cranberries - and not the acidity of cranberry juice, as previously thought - prevent infection-causing bacteria from attaching to the cells that line the urinary tract, as documented in a report published in Journal of Medicinal Food, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc."
Stay tuned to see if/when this gets proven wrong.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

HEALTHBEAT: What's the best medicine -- really?

Here is some MSM agreement with Fitness Watch.

Have no fear - this sudden attack of smarts by the MSM is likely to be short-lived.
"Think your doctor knows which drug — or surgery or even diagnostic test — works best? Think again. Half the time, there's little if any good evidence comparing one to another. And one of medicine's little secrets is that brand-new drugs don't have to work any better than cheap old ones to be approved for sale."
Which is all the more reason to get fit so you improve your chances of avoiding the sick care system.

And the best way to do that is avoid the advice of the experts in sick care (e.g., see here, here, here, here and here), the morons on Oprah, etc.

When you are ready to succeed, go here.

Obesity Associated With Worsening Cognitive Function In Older Men

Stupid is gender neutral when it comes to fat people.
"Older men with higher levels of fat appear more likely to experience declines in cognitive function over seven years..."
Kudos, fatsos.

Folic Acid Linked to Elevated Prostate Cancer Risk

Still think they have any idea of what a "healthy" supplement is?
"Daily folic acid supplementation may increase the risk of prostate cancer, a secondary analysis of a randomized trial revealed.

Men who took a 1 mg folic acid supplement a day had more than double the risk of developing prostate cancer as those who took a placebo (HR 2.58, 95% CI 1.14 to 5.86), Jane Figueiredo, Ph.D., of the University of Southern California here, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute."
Think again.

Friday, March 20, 2009

'A Frontier of Medicine': Brain Surgery for Weight Loss

Impossible. Anyone who "needs" brain surgery to lose weight does not possess a brain.
"For Carol Poe, obesity is the most painful problem in the world. She tried everything from dieting to bariatric surgery to reduce her body weight."
This is, of course a lie.

The one thing that she did not try was eating fewer Calories than she burned sufficiently long to lose the weight.

Instead, she must have followed an expert's diet advice which is doomed to fail with near certainty.

But you know what?

Let her get her bowel gas-filled cranium surgerized and as long as it doesn't cost the rest of us a single cent to rescue her from her self-induced condition, wish her well.

Obesity, Diabetes And Heart Risk Linked To Alzheimer's, Dementia, Cognitive Decline

Translation, "Overfatness Is Linked To Alzheimer's, Dementia, Cognitive Decline."
"Four studies published in a leading journal this week suggest that metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes may share risk factors that affect the development of Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia and cognitive decline."
No news, just re-re-re-affirmation that overfatness is related to stupid.

Metabolic Syndrome Linked to Cognitive Impairment

Metabolic syndrome is what fat people get.
"Older women who have metabolic syndrome may be at risk of cognitive impairment, researchers here said.

Of women with the disorder, 7.2% developed cognitive impairment over a four-year study period, compared with only 4.1% of those without the syndrome, Kristine Yaffe, M.D., of the University of California San Francisco, and colleagues reported in the March issue of Archives of Neurology.

'Older women with the metabolic syndrome should be followed closely and possibly screened for cognitive impairments, and [should be] offered careful management of the metabolic syndrome issues,' Dr. Yaffe said."
Kudos, fatsos, though cognitive impairment is probably why you got fat in the first place.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oily fish dementia boosts queried

Still think they have any idea of what a "healthy food" is?
"A UK study has cast doubt on claims that eating oily fish can protect against dementia in old age.

Data from a trial of more than 800 older people initially showed that those who eat plenty of oily fish seem to have better cognitive function.

But factors such as education and mood explained most of the link.

Researchers need to clarify what, if any, benefits fish oil has on the ageing brain, they wrote in the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing.

In recent years, there has been increasing interest in diet as a way of preventing dementia.

Much focus has been on omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish, such as salmon and mackerel...

Study leader Dr Alan Dangour said claims about the benefits of oily fish in warding of dementia in older people seemed to have been oversold. "
If you do, you must be demented.

Too bad oily fish apparently won't help you anymore, if it ever did, that is.

Gene Therapy Shows Early Promise For Treating Obesity

If you are a rodent, that is.
"With obesity reaching epidemic levels, researchers at the Ohio State University Medical Center are studying a potentially long-term treatment that involves injecting a gene directly into one of the critical feeding and weight control centers of the brain."
And you are in the mood for a brain injection.
"According to first author Lei Cao, assistant professor in the department of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics, the study involved injecting the BDNF gene in normal mice, diabetic mice and mice fed with a high fat diet, to determine how the gene transfer would affect their weight. 'The gene was active in the overweight mice, but as they lost weight the gene expression was essentially 'dialed down,' using a novel RNA interference approach, thus stopping the weight from continuing to decrease and allowing a stable target weight to be reached,' she says.

During indicated that with the initial results showing great promise, the next step is to obtain the necessary FDA approvals to begin studying the therapy in humans at OSU Medical Center and other centers around the country."
What could go wrong here?

You can bet that we will find out if this "research" gets approved.

Mental decline faster for fatter men, not women

Probably wrong for all intents and purposes.
"Men in their 70s who are carrying more fat on their frames have a sharper decline in mental function over time than their slimmer peers, according to a new study in the Archives of Neurology.

But for women, there was no link between excess fat and worsening cognitive function; in fact, there was a tendency for the heavier women to fare better, although it didn't reach statistical significance, Dr. Alka M. Kanaya of the University of California-San Francisco and her colleagues found.

While obesity has been linked to dementia...

Over the next 7 years, the researchers found, the men with the most body fat and the most subcutaneous fat in their abdominal area showed the greatest decline in mental function. Fat surrounding the abdominal organs, also known as visceral fat, was linked to mental decline, as was BMI, waist circumference, and sagittal diameter.

But for women, there was no significant relationship between any measures of body fat and mental decline."
Maybe the women just bottomed-out (no pun intended) earlier so there was less to decline.


To get fat one has to already have had a significant mental decline.

And it makes no difference whether you are male or female.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Low-Cal Diet Can Offset 'Obesity Gene' in Children

"Even children with an 'obesity gene' can keep a healthy weight if they eat a low energy-density diet, researchers here said.

Presence of the obesity-associated A allele in the FTO gene had no bearing on the relationship between dietary energy content at age 10 and fat mass at age 13 in a large prospective study, reported Laura Johnson, Ph.D., of University College London, and colleagues in the PLoS ONE online journal."
And why would that be, besides the fact that there is no obesity gene?

Because one must lose weight when fewer Calories are consumed than are burned.

There is zero genetics involved.



Eating ourselves to death: Britain's fat epidemic

Kudos, fatsos.
"The number of people whose deaths are directly related to obesity has leapt by 35 per cent since 2003, according to new figures obtained by The Independent on Sunday...

Experts warn that these figures are the tip of the iceberg, as the majority of obesity-related deaths are not being recorded on death certificates...

Professor Alan Maryon-Davies, president of the UK's Faculty of Public Health, said: 'These figures add to the growing evidence that obesity is increasing at an alarming rate and is associated with a whole range of fatal conditions. While the numbers may partly reflect a growing awareness among doctors about obesity and its effects, I'm in no doubt that they also represent a real increase in obesity-related deaths. Obesity is not something to joke about; it is a huge public health problem, a burden on the NHS, and it shortens people's lives.'"

And until weight loss advice changes for the better, i.e., making weight loss possible, there will be no hope of succeeding.

And as long as we continue to pay for rescuing the calorically irresponsible, there will be no hope of succeeding.

Make weight loss possible.

Allow the overweight/obese to be responsible for the consequences of their actions.

Then there will be success.

Red and white wine both raise breast cancer risk

Still think they have any idea of what a "healthy" food is?
"It seems that both red and white wine are 'equal offenders' when it comes to increasing the risk of breast cancer, according to a study published today.

'We were interested in teasing out red wine's effects on breast cancer risk. There is reason to suspect that red wine might have beneficial effects based on previous studies of heart disease and prostate cancer,' Dr. Polly Newcomb, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, noted in a hospital statement.

'The general evidence is that alcohol consumption overall increases breast cancer risk, but the other studies made us wonder whether red wine might in fact have some positive value,' she explained.

However, in their analysis, Newcomb's team found no difference between red or white wine in relation to breast cancer risk. 'Neither appears to have any benefits,' she said."
Can you say, "Resveratrol ain't nothin' at all?"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Overweight, obesity in adolescence linked to adult mortality

Kudos, fatsos. More nutritional child abuse.
"Overweight status was as hazardous as light smoking, and obesity was as hazardous as heavy smoking, according to recent study findings."
Stop nutritional child abuse.

Kids' hypertension may have subtle brain effects

And which kids get hypertension?
"Children and teenagers with high blood pressure may have more difficulty with memory, planning and tackling complex tasks than their peers do, a small study suggests...

Whatever the reasons, the finding is one that parents and doctors should be aware of, according to Lande -- especially because the recent rise in hypertension among children is largely driven by growing rates of obesity."
Fat ones!

And who usually has fat kids?

Fat parents.

And what are the parents of fat children?

They are nutritional child abusers.

Stop 'em.

Experts: Obesity will double cancer deaths

Kudos, fatsos.
"Here's a compelling reason to get fit: Being overweight or obese greatly increases the risk of getting cancer and dying prematurely.

The World Cancer Research Fund and International Agency for Research on Cancer recently estimated that the number of people worldwide who die from cancer will double in the next 30 to 40 years. That's because obesity has become a global epidemic, and excess weight contributes to several types of cancer."
Another good reason for the rest of us to resist paying for fat people's diseases of choice.

The problems fat people cause/develop are only going to get more expensive and worse.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Bias Against Obesity Is Found Among Future Dietitians

The excusinators from Yale, home to Oprah expert, Jorge Cruise-supporter and IMHO crooked character David Katz and fat diet expert Kelly Brownell are working overtime.
"Just 2 percent of those training to be dietitians have positive or neutral attitudes toward people who are obese, and the rest are moderately biased against their prospective patients, a new study has found...

Most of the almost 200 dietetic students who participated in the study...rated obese patients as being less likely than non-obese patients to comply with treatment recommendations."
And they are doing it in a self-contradictory way.
"She said that the attitudes expressed by the dietetic students in the study show a lack of appreciation for how difficult it is to lose weight and for the biological factors involved. Also, the message that obesity results from a lack of self control ignores mounting scientific evidence that it's difficult to lose weight and keep it off for a sustained period of time, she said."
So the students are likely correct - "obese patients [are] less likely than non-obese patients to comply with treatment recommendations" since "it's difficult to lose weight and keep it off for a sustained period of time," i.e., they will probably fail.

But that is not the point, really.

This Puhl character from Yale is basically Puhl of crap.

Fat people stay fat and cannot lose weight because, first and foremost, the diet strategies offered to them by the experts, including dietitians, are impossible.

Whether people will do what is possible remains to be seen, but it should be the responsibility of any weight loss adviser to, at the very least, offer fat people the possibility of success instead of the certainty of failure.

The bias argument is spurious.

It offers an excuse to fat people and a way to blame others for that failure while raking in research bucks - "Rebecca Puhl, [is] the study's lead author and the director of research and stigma initiatives at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity."

Alleged bias in a study of attitudes does not necessarily translate into biased behavior.
"Most of the almost 200 dietetic students who participated in the study had pejorative views about the attractiveness...of people who are obese."
That was an example of the alleged bias.

When you have to love the looks of your clients for you to be judged unbiased, that is the day to realize that the researchers are the ones who are profoundly biased.

2,130 get benefits 'for obesity'

It's a fatso bailout program!
"More than 2,000 people claim incapacity benefit because they are obese, according to government figures.

The figures show that in August 2008, there were 2,130 claimants in Britain whose 'primary diagnosis' was obesity...

Weekly incapacity benefit payments start at £63.75 for the first 28 weeks and go up to £84.50 after 53 weeks."
But can they use the money to buy more slop?

If Diets Don't Work, What's the Solution to Obesity in America?

I know!
"Trying to teach adults how to lose weight is about as effective as teaching house cats to swim. For most people, diets simply don't work. The latest evidence: a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine examining diets with different proportions of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Not surprisingly, it made no difference what kind of diet people followed; if they reduced calories, they initially lost weight. But after two years, average participants had regained weight, leaving them with a net loss of just 9 pounds . . . and on a path toward further regain. A similar study published in 2007 also found that dieters regained weight regardless of their regime."
Do not follow the recommendations of the experts since they are doomed to fail and nonsensical.

Then you will have a real shot at losing weight.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Details Uncovered for Links Between Obesity and Sexual Function

Now what is it about these guys that might make sex unenjoyable and unsatisfying?

Or this guy?

Or these guys?

"The mechanisms linking obesity to sexual dissatisfaction in men and diminished fertility in women are now a little clearer, thanks to two separate studies conducted here and in Australia...

With increased BMI and body weight, participants were more likely to report avoiding sexual encounters and difficulty with performance. Body weight, but not BMI, was also a significant predictor of total sexual dissatisfaction score."
Another mystery.

Obesity Gene Trumped By Healthy Diet

Wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles.
"Children born with a gene linked to obesity don't have to get fat."
The fact is, there is no genetic cause for overweight/obesity.

Either for adults or kids.

That makes it real easy to "trump."

The only thing that causes overweight/obesity is more Calories in than out.

So for those of you still hanging on to your genetics as the reason for your fatso-ness, even the kooks championing the genetic cause have abandoned you.

And your excuses for abusing your kids nutritionally.

Diabetes drugs given 'too soon'

Now why would that be?
"One in three people with type 2 diabetes are given medication too soon, instead of being urged to eat better and do more exercise, a study suggests."
Now let's see, which approach makes money for the IMHO crooks in sick care and which one doesn't?

One requires a doctor visit and the purchase of drugs, the other does not.

What a mystery!

Guess more research is needed.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Study Sheds New Light On Link Between Obesity And Infertility

Who needs a "new light on [the] link between obesity and infertility" when the old one was so good at explaining it, i.e., who'd want a piece of this?

Or these?

Or this?

"Obese women have alterations in their ovaries which might be responsible for an egg's inability to make an embryo, according to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM)."
Fat people have fat kids, who are nutritionally abused kids.

Anything that discourages/prevents the fat from conceiving is, arguably, a favor done for the kids they would otherwise have.

Irresponsible sick care practitioners, policies and endeavors, e.g., fooling Nature to assist these almost certain child abusers to reproduce before they lose the weight, will likely continue to put children at risk of abuse and death.

Stop harming the children.

What is Fat? How Much Fat Should I Eat?

Trustworthy? I think not.
"According to the Dietary Guidelines for American 2005, the following percentages are recommended:

* Children aged 2 to 3 - total fat limited to 30%-35% of total calorie intake

* Children aged 4 to 18 - total fat limited to 25%-35% of total calorie intake

* Adults aged 19 and older - total fat limited to 20%-35% of total calorie intake

Dr. Barry Sears, who created the Zone Diet, says an average adult should consume 30% fat, 30% protein and 40% carbohydrate - he stresses that the types of fats are important, favoring the omega-3 oils and vegetable oils."
Here are pictures of Barry Sears, a PhD incidentally, not a medical doctor.

The pic on top is from 2001. The one on the bottom is from no later than 2005.

This is what 4 years on the Zone Diet can do for you.

Caveat emptor.

It's never too late to start exercise

Unless you live to age 59.
"People who put off regular exercise until they hit the age of 50 can still benefit from physical activity but it appears to take 10 years for the effects to kick in, Swedish researchers said Friday.

A study of 2,205 Swedish men followed for more than 20 years from the age of 50 showed that exercise made no difference in premature death rates for at least a decade for those who waited until later in life to start physical activity."
Start as early as you can.
"'There is an effect but there is a bit of a delay,' Byberg said."
And start right.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Obese Children Should Have Gastric Bands To Manage Diabetes Says UK Expert

Kudos, fatsos, more nutritional child abuse.
"A UK expert is recommending, on the basis of a study, that obese children from the age of 15 onwards who have weight-related diabetes should have gastric bands fitted to make their stomachs much smaller so they lose weight. This should be a last resort because there are serious health risks, and should only be considered when all other methods, such as diet and exercise, have failed.

Weight loss is a recognized way of controlling diabetes, but recent research shows children find it difficult to stick to a strict diet and exercise programme."
Then these poor, abused kids are almost certain to get cut on by the malpractitioners of the  sick care establishment.

Punish the parents who abuse them.

Studies point to viruses as cause of diabetes

Maybe yes, maybe no. Either way, it has no effect on the fat person, or Type 2 diabetes.
"Two studies published on Thursday provide evidence that common viruses may cause childhood diabetes, paving the way for potential vaccines against the life-threatening condition, researchers said.

One team showed that enteroviruses -- which normally cause colds, vomiting or diarrhea -- were found frequently in the pancreases of young people who had recently died from type 1 diabetes, sometimes called juvenile diabetes, but not in healthy samples...

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the destruction of beta cells of the pancreas that produce the insulin necessary to regulate blood sugar levels. The autoimmune disease is different from the far more common type 2 diabetes, which is strongly associated with obesity."
So if you are a fatso still hoping for a genetic "cure," it ain't coming.

Lose the weight.

Study finds belly fat makes breathing harder

"Carrying excess weight around the middle can impair lung function, adding to a long list of health problems associated with belly fat, French researchers said on Friday.
Abdominal obesity is already linked with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease as part of a cluster of health problems known collectively as metabolic syndrome.
Researchers have now shown that a large waist measurement is strongly associated with decreased lung function, regardless of other complicating factors that affect the lungs such as overall obesity and smoking."
So if you are fat and have some desire to breathe better, lose the pounds the right way instead of following the experts whose advice has failed, continues to fail and will fail well into the foreseeable future. - as in forever.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Little Or No Progress In Changing Unhealthy Lifestyles

Who could have predicted this?
"Most health care experts blame American lifestyles, and particularly the large number of Americans who are obese, as one reason why life expectancy in the United States is lower than in many other countries. They also agree that the best thing we could do to improve our health would be to reduce tobacco use, exercise more and eat less and more healthy food. Unfortunately we have not been able to do this. Every year, The Harris Poll® measures the number of people who smoke, who are overweight and obese and who wear seatbelts. The latest Harris Poll finds little reason for optimism that Americans can learn to live more healthy lifestyles."
Fitness Watch readers, that's who.

Of course there is "little reason for optimism that Americans can learn to live more healthy lifestyles."

First, note that the experts are in sick care and they do not know squat about fitness or weight loss - unless you call executioner dieting a good way to go.

I do not.

Second, "exercise" is a terribly inefficient way to lose weight.

Third, there are no such things as "healthy foods" in the weight debate. There is, however, eating healthily.

There will never be resolution to this issue until the people with the power are held accountable for their terrible advice and fat people are held accountable for their caloric choices and the nutritional child abuse that stems from them.

Never, ever.

Fewer Calories Equal Less Weight, Regardless of Carb, Fat, or Protein Content

OMG! You mean it really is all about Calories In vs. Calories Out?
"It may be one of the most commonsense observations ever to be validated in a diet study: people lose weight if they eat fewer calories, regardless of where those calories come from. That's the upshot of a two-year study by Dr Frank Sacks (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA) and colleagues, published in the February 26, 2009, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine."
Proof of stupidity in research.

What a waste.

What a waste.

And yet, the expert morons like Oprah's David Katz and Jorge Cruise deny the simplest truth of all.

And people listen to their s**t.

What a waste.

Osteoarthritis Worsens With Excess Weight

Kudos, fatsos.
"Being fat increases the risk of primary joint replacement in osteoarthritis (OA). A study published in BioMed Central's open access journal, Arthritis Research & Therapy, found that increased waist circumference and body mass index (BMI) were associated with the risk of both knee and hip joint replacement.

Total joint replacement is an effective treatment for severe knee and hip OA, and obesity is recognized as being the most important modifiable risk factor for OA...

The study determined that there was a 3 to 4-fold increased risk of primary joint replacement associated with body weight, BMI, fat mass and percentage fat."
Lose the weight, save the gait.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Study Shows Potential For Resolving Type 2 Diabetes With Bariatric Surgery - 90% Of All Diabetics Overweight Or Obese

Kudos, fatsos.
"As the incidence of obesity-induced type 2 diabetes mellitus continues to increase worldwide, medical research indicates that surgery to reduce obesity can completely eliminate all manifestations of diabetes. In a study published in the March 2009 issue of The American Journal of Medicine, investigators analyzed 621 studies from 1990 to April of 2006, which showed that 78.1% of diabetic patients had complete resolution and diabetes was improved or resolved in 86.6% of patients as the result of bariatric surgery. The primary risk factor for type 2 diabetes is obesity, and 90% of all patients with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese."
Who cares as long as the porko sapiens pay for it themselves?

High Maternal BMI May Reduce Accuracy of Estimated Fetal Weight

Kudos, creative fatsos, yet another way to abuse your child.
"Increased maternal body mass index (BMI) may reduce the accuracy of estimated fetal weight, according to the results of a study reported in the March issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology...

'When counseling an obese patient about her various delivery options, an accurate estimated fetal weight is important to better quantify the risk of shoulder dystocia and to compare that risk with the risk of cesarean delivery,' write Nathan S. Fox, MD, from Maternal Fetal Medicine Associates, PLLC, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, and colleagues. 'Without an accurate estimated fetal weight, the ability for a patient to make an informed decision would be quite limited.'"
Another reason to discourage the fat from having kids.

Weight Loss Not Much Help for Arthritic Knees

Kudos, fatsos.
"Although keeping the weight off helped prevent osteoarthritis in the knees, losing weight did little to keep it from progressing in patients who already had it, researchers here found.

Among 2,623 older people followed in a prospective study, no association was found between body mass index (BMI) and progression of osteoarthritis of the knee in those with the disorder at baseline, reported David T. Felson, M.D., M.P.H., of Boston University, and colleagues in the March 15 issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

On the other hand, in high-risk patients who did not have osteoarthritis in the knee at baseline, lower BMI was a strong predictor of remaining disease-free, the researchers found."
You screwed up your joints so bad that even losing the weight won't help.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Exercise Associated With Eating More

No news here.
"New research from the University of Illinois suggests that weight-loss campaigns that promote exercise may actually cause people to eat more."
And exercise is also a terribly inefficient way to lose weight.

In fact, exercise is the LAST thing you should do to drop pounds.

Metabolic Syndrome May Predict Depressive Symptoms

What about being bigger than the average bear could possibly depress a person?

"The presence of the metabolic syndrome predicts depressive symptoms in middle-aged adults, according to the results from the prospective Whitehall II cohort study reported in the December 23 Online First issue of Diabetes Care...

After adjustment for potential confounders, the presence of the metabolic syndrome was associated with an increased risk for future depressive symptoms..."
Hmm... I wonder.

Are Cyclists Pedaling Towards Osteoporosis?

Just when you thought it was good to bike or swim.
"While maintaining a steady exercise regimen is one of the best things people can do for their general good health, recent studies suggest an alarming correlation between bicycling and the onset of osteopenia (lower-than-normal bone density) or osteoporosis (very low bone mineral density), even among those who are young and fit...

A recent study that appeared in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that competitive male road cyclists showed significantly lower bone mineral density in their spines than a control group of men who were moderately physically active. Although the cyclists had a greater calcium intake, they were still more likely to have osteopenia and osteoporosis than those in the control group. A similar study in Bone illustrated that male road cyclists had lower bone mineral density than male mountain bikers after adjusting for body weight and age. The distinction could be found in that mountain biking, with its variable terrain, provides more impact for bone growth than road cycling or racing. Swimmers may also be at risk, because that sport requires similarly little mechanical loading, leaving the lower spine particularly vulnerable."

Monday, March 09, 2009

7 Steps To Successful Child And Adolescent Weight Loss

Look at what "successful" comprises per some of the biggest players in sick care:
"Overweight children and adolescents, with the active involvement of their parents and families, can successfully lose weight by following the Seven Steps to Success described in the current issue of Obesity Management, a journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc...

A team of experts that includes physicians and psychologists propose a new model of care for treating childhood and teen obesity which includes dietary, fitness, and lifestyle changes, education, and as a final option, if needed, surgery. The article, entitled, 'Seven Steps to Success: A Handout for Parents of Overweight Children and Adolescents,' defines a stepwise intervention strategy of increasing intensity:
(1) medical management;
(2) education;
(3) environmental changes;
(4) support groups;
(5) cognitive-behavior therapy I: clinical or short-term immersion;
(6) cognitive-behavior therapy II: long-term immersion;
(7) bariatric surgery."
"Bariatric surgery"?

If one is successful at weight loss, why would you cut on them using the weapon of the IMHO malpractice known as bariatric surgery?

Or the IMHO malpractice known as diet drugs, i.e., "medical management." Drugs, which inure benefits to Big Sick Care and Big Pharma are numero uno on the list.

Why? Big Moolah.

Note that points 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 have direct potential to make money for sick care practitioners.

And who is responsible for this self-serving, proven to fail drivel?
"Obesity Management, published bimonthly, provides clinical, practical information on obesity, including prevention and management, patient motivation, and nutrition. The Journal focuses on issues surrounding the health hazards posed by obesity and offers healthcare providers effective options and strategies to treat their overweight patients. Obesity Management is the official publication of CORE, in collaboration with the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Dietetic Association, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Academy of Family Physicians."
You want "7 Steps To Successful Child And Adolescent Weight Loss"?

Here are some:
(1) learn about why diets fail and how the sick care industry and the other players are duping you when it comes to weight loss;

(2) remove as many obstacles from your own weight loss path (most fat kids have fat parents) as possible (e.g., understand there is only healthy eating and that there are no "healthy foods," that exercise is the most inefficient way to lose weight, etc.);

(3) be the parent and set a successful example for your kids;

(4) understand that fattening your kids up for the kill is nutritional child abuse, plain and simple;

(5) be the parent and assume responsibility for your kid's caloric balance;

(6) report mandatory reporters (e.g., physicians, teachers, nurses, principals) under CAPTA to the authorities for violating the law they are entrusted with keeping and their complicity in the nutritional child abuse of children;

(7) stop blaming others and seek help from your local child and family services if you continue to fail by admitting that you cannot stop the nutritional child abuse for which you are responsible.
Then you will have made strides towards "Successful Child And Adolescent Weight Loss."

ACOG Issues Guidelines for Stillbirth Management

Beyond child abuse - more feticide by fatsos.
"Diabetes before pregnancy increases the risk for stillbirth 2- to 5-fold. In obese pregnant women with a body mass index between 30 and 39.9 kg/m2, the rate of stillbirth is 8 per 1000 births, and this increases to 11 per 1000 in pregnant women with a body mass index greater than 40 kg/m2. Even after adjustment for smoking, gestational diabetes, and preeclampsia, obesity remains an independent risk factor for stillbirth."
Kudos, fatsos.

Obesity and Risk of Death

Enlightening - they can't even agree on how to measure waist circumference.
"A challenging issue with the study reported on by Pischon et al. (Nov. 13 issue) is where to measure the waist."
Another good reason to stick with the BMI (Body Mass Index).

BTW, if they aren't sure how to measure the waist, imagine how good they are at doing the hard stuff.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Even Dieticians May Have Negative Attitudes Toward The Obese

A "Be Kind To Your Enemies Since They're Your Enemies And You Made Them" Alert.
"In a study that gives insight into the depth of stigmatization against overweight and obese people, a Yale University-led team of researchers found weight bias even among those studying to be dieticians. The research appears in the March issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association."
Since dietitians keep people fat because they spout the same old conventional BS, i.e., execution dieting, they'd might as well like the fatsos since they keep them fat.

Another reason to avoid dietitians.

Study Shows Benefits Of Hormone Found In Fat Tissue

No confusion here.
"It's called the obesity paradox. Although obese people are more apt to suffer from inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, they are also more likely to survive a major attack caused by one of those conditions...

'Once a health problem is established, there are certain conditions - congestive heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases that involve the utilization of oxygen - in which obese persons have been shown to have a better prognosis. And there is a legitimate discussion among physicians about how such patients should deal with their excess weight,' said Freund."
Good luck sorting this stuff out.

Pancakes - Making A Meal Of It, All Year Round

"Once a year, pancakes enjoy a special slot in people's dinner diaries, but don't bury those frying pans just yet. If you're short on cooking time, pancakes can make a nutritious meal to be enjoyed at any time of the year.

Heart-healthy batter

Reduce the saturated fat content by using semi-skimmed or skimmed milk. Eggs provide protein, vitamins and minerals and are high in monounsaturated fats that help promote healthy cholesterol levels. By choosing wholemeal flour, or a mixture of half brown-half white, or oatmeal, you will increase the fibre content, which is great for the heart and for feeling full. Get those arm muscles working as you whisk up a frothy batter and cook with a teaspoon of rapeseed oil or a spray oil."
OMG, and exercise to boot!

Work those leg muscles and press the batter like grapes for wine.

Careful now. Don't sweat in the batter and up the sodium content.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Possible Link Between Number Of Fast-Food Restaurants In Neighborhood And Stroke Risk

But no cause and effect relationship.
"The risk of stroke increases with the number of fast-food restaurants in a neighborhood, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2009...

'The data show a true association,' said Lewis B. Morgenstern, M.D., lead author of the study and director of the University of Michigan's stroke program and professor of neurology and epidemiology in Ann Arbor. 'What we don't know is whether fast food actually increased the risk because of its contents, or whether fast-food restaurants are a marker of unhealthy neighborhoods.'"
Wanna bet, however, that there is a better association between too many Calories in and stroke risk?
"'We need to start unraveling why these particular communities have higher stroke risks,' Morgenstern said. 'Is it direct consumption of fast food? Is it the lack of more healthy options? Is there something completely different in these neighborhoods that is associated with poor health?'"
In other words, beyond the attention-grabbing headline, they do not know squat.

Muscle In Obese People And Type 2 Diabetes May Be Conspiring Against Them

It is three muscles.
"Research by kinesiology investigator Dustin Hittel, PhD, has proven that muscle in extremely obese individuals produces large amounts of a protein called myostatin, which normally inhibits muscle growth - suggesting that for Type 2 diabetics, and the very obese, the task of getting healthy may be more difficult than initially thought."
The three muscles are the ones that lift food to the mouth, the one that chews and the one that swallows.

BTW, the article itself is bulls**t.

(Yes, I know that there are more than three involved.)

Health Care Providers Urged To Address Unhealthy Teen Dieting

And why not? They have done such a slam bang job up til now.
"Discouraging unhealthy dieting and reminding teens that dangerous diet practices could lead to added pounds could prevent obesity and other weight-related problems in youth, according to recent recommendations based on a large-scale study of teens...

Using data from Project EAT, a five-year study of eating and weight-related issues in 2,516 middle and high school students, Neumark-Sztainer developed five key recommendations for health care providers who deal with teens..."
The "five key recommendations" are so woefully stupid, I can't even bear to present them here.


You will have to read them yourself.

Friday, March 06, 2009

Guidelines Updated for Physical Activity Intervention for Weight Loss

Stupidity update, that is.
"The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has updated its guidelines for appropriate physical activity (PA) intervention strategies for weight loss and prevention of weight regain in adults...

Guidelines regarding weight control are needed because more than 66% of the adult population has overweight or obesity, which is associated with a variety of chronic diseases...
For prevention of weight gain in most adults, PA of 150 to 250 minutes per week..

To maintain weight after weight loss, some studies suggest that PA of approximately 200 to 300 minutes per week will help minimize weight regain...
Here they go again.

How is it that more exercise is needed to keep weight stable and less exercise is needed to lose weight?

Shouldn't more exercise lead to more weight loss?

In a rational world, the answer would be "Yes."

Forget the rational world.

It is dead.

Few Women Follow Healthy Lifestyle Guidelines Before Pregnancy

More early nutritional child abuse.
"Very few women follow the nutritional and lifestyle recommendations before they become pregnant, even when pregnancy is in some sense planned, finds a study published on today.

Nutrition and lifestyle advice is widely available for women during pregnancy, but much less emphasis is given to advice for women who may become pregnant. Yet promoting good health and nutrition before pregnancy may be at least as important as during pregnancy as the time around conception is vital for the development of the baby...

In conclusion, our data show limited evidence of changes in health behaviours before pregnancy, say the authors. They call for greater publicity for pre-pregnancy recommendations, but point out that substantial unplanned pregnancy rates mean that greater efforts are needed to improve the nutrition and lifestyles of all women of child-bearing age."
Whether the guidelines are worth following is not the point.

What is the point is to discourage fat women from getting pregnant since their kids are almost certain to be nutritionally abused.

Fatsos should delay bringing these almost certain to be abused kids into the world until they gain control of their fat selves.

This would help them and their kids.

Health Groups, Insurance Companies Form Coalition To Fight Childhood Obesity

Another axis of evil.
"A coalition of health groups and insurance companies on Thursday announced an initiative to reduce childhood obesity, the Washington Post reports. The initiative aims to give children better access to health care to control obesity, according to officials of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The alliance is a joint effort of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation."
The AHA has already capitulated in the fight against overweight/obesity and Bill could never work to keep kids thin 'cause he will run out of Monica's.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Thirty minutes a day of exercise? Better think 50

These people are friggin' nuts.
"Greater amounts of physical activity than currently recommended may be necessary to prevent people from gaining weigh, and to help them lose weight and keep it off, according to updated guidelines issued by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)."

There is no need at all for increased activity as long as one does not consume more Calories than one burns.

The problem they are attempting to solve via the terribly inefficient route of "exercise" is caloric overconsumption.

But cut back on Calories, and Voila!, the "need" for exercise disappears.

You are doomed if you listen to these morons.

Want the real scoop?

Go here.

Weight Loss Improves Fatty Liver Disease

A miracle.
"In a recent study, Saint Louis University researchers found that weight loss of at least 9 percent helped patients reverse a type of liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a finding that will allow doctors to give patients specific weight-loss goals that are likely to improve their livers...

Patients who lost 5 percent or more of body weight over nine months showed improvement in insulin resistance and steatosis (fat accumulation in the liver), and those who lost at least 9 percent showed reversal of their liver damage...

'The bottom line is that weight loss can help improve fatty liver disease,' said Neuschwander-Tetri, who is a professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University."
Imagine that.

Losing weight can reverse a disease caused by overweight/obesity.


Obesity hurts recovery after colon cancer surgery

Kudos, fatsos.
"After undergoing surgery to remove part of the colon because of cancer, morbidly obese patients face higher complication rates than do normal-weight patients, according to a new report."
Hey, as long as they pay for their own complications, no problemo.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Regulating Commercial Weight-loss Programs - Editorial, CMAJ

Regulate them?
"The commercial weight-loss industry is big business in North America, and the $50 billion industry should be regulated to safeguard people's health, write Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Dr. Arya Sharma and the CMAJ editorial team Despite expert agreement that obesity management requires long-term behavioural, medical or surgical interventions, many commercial weight-loss programs create impossible expectations and false beliefs."
Right idea, wrong implementation.

First, put the industry players out of business.

Second, sue them.

Third, put the experts who are in "agreement that obesity management requires long-term behavioural, medical or surgical interventions," out of business, since "medical or surgical interventions" are unnecessary.

Fourth, sue them.

Fifth, feel satisfied that at least somethings have been done to resolve the problem of overweight/obesity.

ACSM Announces New Partnership To Promote "Physically Active Citizenry" Worldwide

Thinking big. Failure on a global scale.
"A new international partnership promoting the benefits of physical activity and exercise has a call-to-action for all Americans: be a physically active citizen...

ACSM, CELAFISCS, and Agita Mundo have gained recognition for their contributions in public health for programs in support of physical activity promotion. Each organization recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity be accumulated each week for health, which can be easily accomplished in 30 minutes/day, five days/week."
Now there is real success.

You get "recognition" points for "recommending" stuff.
"This year, World Day for Physical Activity will take place April 6, with additional events occurring through the first 10 days of the month. The theme centers on "active neighborhoods building health." ACSM will build awareness of community-based opportunities for physical activity among its members and networks.

ACSM will work in conjunction with Agita Mundo to develop resources for individuals and communities to promote active citizenry that is ecologically and economically responsible. An "active citizen," according to the two organizations, will commit to simple lifestyle changes that incorporate physical activity, such as riding your bike to work and utilizing walking as a primary mode of transportation whenever possible."
Mere lipstick on the pig.

As if there are not enough organizations, media reports, etc., exhorting people to be active.

All without success.

Until people can have a real opportunity to experience the results of being fatsos without the rest of us paying for their rescue, there will be absolutely no progress in dealing with this matter.


Vitamin E May Decrease And Increase Mortality Of Male Smokers With High Dietary Vitamin C Intake

No confusion here.
"Six-year vitamin E supplementation decreased mortality by 41% in elderly male smokers who had high dietary vitamin C intake, but increased mortality by 19% in middle-aged smokers who had high vitamin C intake, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology."
Still think they have any idea of what a "healthy" supplement is?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Eggs Pack Protein, Power, Strength And Energy Say Food and Sports Scientists

Still think they have any idea of what a "healthy" food is?
"Researchers reviewing 25 studies on protein suggest that the protein in eggs makes a valuable contribution to muscle strength, helps to satisfy hunger and provides a source of sustained energy. They suggest that because research shows eggs are rich in leucine, an essential amino acid that plays an important role in how muscles use glucose, they would be a valuable food for men and women undergoing endurance training."
Then, of course there is this and this and this

Also notice the con.

This study had to do with egg as a protein source and did not deal with the alleged illnesses associate with egg consumption.

The intent is clearly to avoid the possible negatives.

And why would anyone want to tell only a portion of the story?

Here is the fine print:
"Sources: Journal abstract, and press release on behalf of the American Egg Board and the Egg Nutrition Center (Edelman Public Relations via Eurekalert)."
You figure it out.

Chaotic Households Contribute To Mothers' Obesity

The excusinators are working overtime.
"Putting food on the table, struggling with unemployment and meeting the relentless needs of young children all contribute to household stress. Now, a new study finds that these pressures also increase the possibility that a mother will be obese...

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 32 percent of all Americans are obese, 41 percent of mothers were obese in this study. Thirty-eight percent of mothers in low-instability households were obese, while nearly 48 percent in high-instability households were obese."
A great opportunity to apply the adage, "If you cannot handle the heat, get out of the kitchen."

Just don't take any food with you.

In Flurry Of Studies, Researcher Details Role Of Apples In Inhibiting Breast Cancer

Apples for melons.
"Six studies published in the past year by a Cornell researcher add to growing evidence that an apple a day -- as well as daily helpings of other fruits and vegetables -- can help keep the breast-cancer doctor away."
Note "as well as daily helpings of other fruits and vegetables."

You can rest assured that the researchers did not separate out the relative contributions of the "other fruits and vegetables."

And why would these people push apples?
"The studies were supported, in part, by the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Ngan Foundation and the U.S. Apple Association."

Maybe it pays to ask the "U.S. Apple Association."