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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Obesity Hinders Chemotherapy Treatment In Children With Leukemia

More nutritional child abuse.
"Obesity is an important factor contributing to chemotherapy resistance and increasing relapse rates among children with leukemia, according to recent findings published online first in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research."
Childhood cancer is tough enough to beat without irresponsible parents aiding in the deaths of their kids.

Punish the parents, save the kids.

Childbearing Increases Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

Another reason for fat women to delay having kids until they shed the pounds.
"Childbearing is associated directly with future development of the metabolic syndrome abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, insulin resistance and other cardiovascular disease risk factors and for women who have had gestational diabetes, the risk is more than twice greater, according to a study co-authored by University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology."
Gestational diabetes is more common in fatsos.

In general, fat mothers-to-be expose their embryos and fetuses to increased likelihood of abnormalities and death.

Be responsible to your children and shed the pounds before you harm them.

Skinny friends may make you eat more

They make you do it.
"That friend who stays thin despite eating anything and everything is not just annoying. She might also wreck your diet, new research suggests."
It is always someone else's fault, not the fault of the fatso.

Excusinators unite.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Poor math skills may worsen diabetes control

"A new study suggests that diabetic adults' ability to work with numbers may affect their management of the disease -- and that, in turn, may help explain racial differences in diabetes control.

A number of studies have found that compared with their white counterparts, African Americans with diabetes tend to have poorer blood sugar control -- as well as higher rates of diabetes complications, like heart disease and kidney failure.

Numbers come into play everyday for people with diabetes -- in counting carbohydrates, adjusting insulin doses and keeping track of blood sugar readings, for instance.

In the new study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, researchers looked at whether patients' diabetes-related 'numeracy' was related to their long-term blood sugar control.

The study included 383 adults with type 2 diabetes who took a test that gauged their ability to conquer a range of number-related tasks -- such as interpreting nutrition labels on packaged foods, calculating calories and carbohydrates in a meal, and keeping track of medication doses.

Overall, the researchers found, patients with the strongest test scores generally had better results on A1C tests, which estimate a person's average blood sugar level over the previous few months.

What's more, number skills seemed to partly explain why African- American patients generally had poorer A1C scores than white patients did.

The current findings suggest that such number skills may be an unrecognized factor, write Dr. Chandra Y. Osborn and colleagues at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. The authors suggest that the poorer skills could be due in part to less opportunity to take relevant courses, and lower socioeconomic status."
This last part is very, very wrong.

I have been saying for years, as in a more than a decade, that fatso-ness is a math problem. (e.g., here and here.)

Because math is the underlying discipline for Calories in and Calories out.

HOWEVER, there are ways to circumvent the need for good math skills and still lose weight.

See here, here and here.

Of course, educating people in simple math, which is all it takes, is the best way to overcome the matter and derive other benefits, too.

Obesity, alcohol, depression interlinked for women

Now why would fat women be depressed and turn to drink?

"Alcohol abuse, obesity and depression seem to go hand in hand for many women, according to the first study to look at how the three relate to one another over time in young adults.

Dr. Carolyn A. McCarty of Seattle Children's Research Institute and her colleagues also found that almost half of the men and women in their study suffered from at least one of these problems between the ages of 21 and 30.

'That's big,' McCarty told Reuters Health, and is likely only 'the tip of the iceberg,' because she and her colleagues used fairly stringent definitions of alcohol abuse, depression and obesity in their study."
"Big, it is."

Switch Program Increases Kids' Healthy Eating, Reduces Screen Time

Wiggle room.
"The Switch™ programme, 'Switch what you Do, View, and Chew', has been shown to be capable of promoting children's fruit and vegetable consumption and lowering 'screen time'. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Medicine tested the programme and report that it offers promise for use in youth obesity prevention."
"Capable of" and "offers promise" but no success.

And there will be none.

Monday, September 28, 2009

We Can Challenge Our Brains Or Our Bodies, But Not Both, Says Study

Not true (the headline is misleading) and excusinators in overdrive will interpret this as a license to fill (their bellies).
"Have you ever sat down to work on a crossword puzzle only to find that afterwards you haven't the energy to exercise? Or have you come home from a rough day at the office with no energy to go for a run?

A new study, published in Psychology and Health, reveals that if you use your willpower to do one task, it depletes you of the willpower to do an entirely different task.

'Cognitive tasks, as well as emotional tasks such as regulating your emotions, can deplete your self-regulatory capacity to exercise,' says Kathleen Martin Ginis, associate professor of kinesiology at McMaster University, and lead author of the study."
Poor fatsos, can't muster the willpower to stop eating after having an upset.

Well, the rest of us don't have the willpower to ante up the resources to rescue the fat since we are all spent after taking care of ourselves and performing the emotional task of having self-esteem or the work of caring about the well-being of our children by not nutritionally abusing them.

The important part of this study is the clear statement that weight control is a matter of willpower, plain and simple.
"Still, she doesn't see that as an excuse to let people loaf on the sofa.

'There are strategies to help people rejuvenate after their self-regulation is depleted,' she says. 'Listening to music can help; and we also found that if you make specific plans to exercise - in other words, making a commitment to go for a walk at 7 p.m. every evening - then that had a high rate of success.'

She says that by constantly challenging yourself to resist a piece of chocolate cake, or to force yourself to study an extra half-hour each night, then you can actually increase your self-regulatory capacity.

'Willpower is like a muscle: it needs to be challenged to build itself,' she says."
Got that?

No link seen between meat and risk of brain cancer

Still think they have any idea what a "safe" food or an "effective" supplement is?
"Despite theories to the contrary, adults who eat a lot of meat may not have a heightened risk of the most common type of malignant brain tumor, a new study finds.

The study, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at the potential link between brain tumors called gliomas and people's intake of meat and compounds called nitrosamines.

Nitrosamines, which are potentially cancer-promoting, are present in certain foods, or are formed in the body other chemicals we eat called sodium nitrites and nitrates. These compounds are used in preserving and flavoring processed and cured meats -- like hot dogs, bacon, sausage and ham -- which makes those foods major sources of dietary nitrosamines.

For several decades, researchers have thought that nitrosamines -- which can cross from the blood to the brain -- may contribute to the risk of gliomas, a group of brain tumors that makes up about 80 percent of malignant brain cancers in adults.

But studies so far have come to inconsistent conclusions.

For the new study, researchers used data from three large ongoing health studies of U.S. doctors and nurses whose diets and lifestyle habits have been periodically surveyed for up to three decades.

They found that among the nearly 238,000 men and women in the studies, just 335 were diagnosed with gliomas at some point. There were no links between the risk of developing the disease and participants' intake of meat, processed meat, nitrites, nitrates or nitrosamines.

What's more, there was no elevated risk among meat lovers who also had low intakes of antioxidants like vitamins C and E -- which slow down the formation of nitrosamines in the stomach."
Now nitrosamines are not bad again. (e.g., good, bad, good, bad)

Which answers the question at the beginning in the following, correct way:

If you do, what are you? Stupid or what?

Antidepressants in pregnancy up heart defect risk

"If you take antidepressants such as fluoxetine (marketed as Prozac) early in your pregnancy, you may be doubling the risk that your newborn will be born with a heart defect, according to a new study."
Prozac was developed in 1971 and they are just now finding out about this complication.

The IMHO malpractice known as diet drugs will follow the same path.

It is better to lose the pounds naturally, than become a future statistic.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

383-Pound 13-Year-Old Football Player Died After Practice From High Blood Pressure

More nutritional child abuse.
"The St. Louis County medical examiner has ruled that a 13-year-old football player who collapsed during practice in August died as a result of hypertensive cardiovascular disease — high blood pressure.

Anthony Troupe Jr. was 6-foot-2 and weighed 383 pounds at the time of his death. The medical examiner, Dr. Mary Case, says she couldn't directly link the death to Anthony's size, but obesity is a risk factor. Case also says that death from high blood pressure is uncommon in someone Anthony's age.

Anthony collapsed before he finished running a lap before practice. His father died at age 45 in 2007 due to high blood pressure and clogged arteries."
Wanna bet it will be the school or docs who are (rightly) sued for not performing their mandated by law duties, while the other, even more culpable, perpetrators, i.e., the parents, will get off scot free.

New Brain Pathway For Regulating Weight And Bone Mass Identified By Researchers

More bad news.
"Contrary to the prevailing view, the hormone leptin, which is critical for normal food intake and metabolism, appears to regulate bone mass and suppress appetite by acting mainly through serotonin pathways in the brain, according to a recent study published in Cell by Yale School of Medicine researchers and colleagues at Columbia University. This new finding contradicts the view that leptin acts primarily in the hypothalamus.

'Our study challenges the view that the hypothalamus is the critical brain site where leptin acts directly to alter neuronal circuit function to suppress appetite and bone metabolism,' said Yale researcher and study co-author Tamas Horvath. 'We've now found a novel explanation for how leptin can act on the brain.' Horvath is chair and professor of comparative medicine and professor of neurobiology and obstetrics & gynecology at Yale School of Medicine."
Until the next study "challenges (this) view."

And that is the problem.

They will keep finding pathway after pathway as generations of people suffer and die waiting for the rescue to be found.

But it never will - because the rescue has already been found...

Fewer Calories in than out.

Nothing else will ever be found to defeat or replace that.

BTW, this research is from Yale, the place from where these IMHO crooks and cons hail.


Nearly Half Of Women Alter Childbearing Plans Because Of Recession, Guttmacher Study Finds

Good news!
"Forty-four percent of working-class women want to have fewer children or delay pregnancy because of the economic recession, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, the Washington Post's 'Daily Dose' reports. A nationally representative sample of 947 women ages 18 to 34 at risk of getting pregnant and living in households with incomes less than $75,000 was surveyed in July and August. Of women who reported a desire to reduce or delay childbearing because of the economic recession, 31% said they want to get pregnant later, 28% want fewer children than previously planned and 7% no longer want any additional children (Stein, 'Daily Dose,' Washington Post, 9/23)."
Since a substantial number of women during their child-bearing years are fat, and fat parents overwhelmingly have fat kids, who are nutritionally abused kids, any reduction in exposing kids to the harms their parents cause is, statistically-speaking, something that is more good than bad.
"Q: How many adults age 20 and older are overweight or obese (BMI > 25)?

A: About two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese.[6]

All adults: 133.6 million (66 percent)
Women: 65 million (61.6 percent)
Men: 68.3 million (70.5 percent)

* The statistics presented here are based on the following definitions unless otherwise specified: healthy weight = BMI > 18.5 to < overweight =" BMI"> 25 to < obesity =" BMI"> 30; and extreme obesity = BMI > 40."
Of interest is that the Gut-maker Institute did the study.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

New Way To Calculate Body's 'Maximum Weight Limit'

More creative uselessness.
"Most of us are familiar with the term, Body Mass Index, or BMI, as an index to determine healthy body weight. But, calculating BMI involves a complex formula: weight in pounds is multiplied by 703, and then divided by height in inches squared...

'We need a "Maximum Weight Limit, or MWL,' he said, 'one number that we know we can't go over, just like a speed limit.'"
Fat people run nutritional stop signs all the time.

This will make no difference whatsoever.

Doctor's office weigh-ins no help to heavy kids

Believe it.
"Having doctors routinely weigh overweight children and give parents advice on diet and exercise may have little impact on kids' weight gain or lifestyle habits, a new study suggests.

The findings call into question national policies in countries like the US, UK and Australia, researchers report in the medical journal BMJ.

According to those policies, pediatricians and family doctors should be at the front lines of combating childhood obesity -- monitoring children's weight and, when needed, giving parents advice on weight control.

The problem is that there is little evidence that these strategies work, according to the researchers on the current study, led by Dr. Melissa Wake of Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

One recent research review, for instance, found that no clinical trials have been done to see whether the common practice of weighing children at school has any effects on their odds of becoming overweight."
But don't believe this:
"What's more, even when screening spots children with weight problems, little is known about what types of treatments are effective."

The effective treatment is known and it works with 100% certainty.

Fewer Calories in than out.

Fat caused 124,000 cancer cases in Europe: experts

Kudos, fatsos.
"More than 124,000 people in Europe developed cancer last year because they are overweight, and rising body fat levels threaten to add tens of thousands more to their ranks, experts said on Thursday."
You grow fat and tumors, too.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Proposal Renews Calls For Tax On Sugary Beverages

This is the fat guy advocating for the tax:

"A proposal to tax sugary drinks as a way to improve the nation's health had been considered dead. But it was given new life Wednesday by a group of experts who published their idea to tax soft drinks at a rate of 1 cent per ounce.

The Associated Press: "The experts' plan was released by the influential New England Journal of Medicine, in a health policy article by Arkansas' surgeon general, New York City's health commissioner and five national experts on health and economics. A soda tax would generate tax revenue while discouraging people from consuming extra calories, the authors contend. They cited a series of studies that showed higher rates of obesity and diabetes among women who drank more sugar-sweetened beverages."

'A national tax of that amount would generate nearly $15 billion in its first year, (sic) said proposal author Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity."
See what his own "obesity prevention program" did for him?

Shut up.

All-Cause Mortality May Be Increased in Diabetic Patients With Comorbid Depression

Now why would this person be depressed?
"Patients with diabetes and coexisting depression have significantly increased risks for all-cause mortality, according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine...

At the Group Health Cooperative in Washington State, the investigators used the Patient Health Questionnaire to evaluate depression at baseline and reviewed medical records supplemented by the Washington State mortality registry to determine the causes of death among 4184 primary care patients with type 2 diabetes."
Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

Lose the weight, lose the depression.

Gain life.

Obesity Alone May Be the Best Predictor of Undiagnosed Diabetes

Kudos, fatsos - you are the number one predictor of Type 2 diabetes.
"Obesity alone may be the best predictor of undiagnosed diabetes, according to the results of the Diabscreen Study reported in the September/October issue of the Annals of Family Medicine...

Among diagnostic models using a variety of risk factors, the best predictor of undiagnosed diabetes was a model containing obesity alone..."
That is why Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pancreatic Fat Levels May Help Predict Diabetes

More stupidity and waste.
"Researchers have long suspected that overweight people tend to have large fat deposits in their pancreases, but they've been unable to confirm or calculate how much fat resides there because of the organ's location.

Until now.

Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center are the first in the U.S. to use an imaging technique called magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to measure the amount of pancreatic fat in humans. Though scientists worldwide already use MRS to investigate a number of diseases including breast cancer and epilepsy, the UT Southwestern group has successfully used the noninvasive method to measure pancreatic fat."
Recognizing someone is big and fat is enough to know they are at risk.

Cut the funding.

Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes In Women May Be Increased By Large Fat Cells

"Middle-aged women with large abdominal fat cells have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life compared to women with smaller fat cells...

The researchers analysed data on cell size collected from 245 women in 1974-75, and found that the 36 women who developed diabetes over the course of 25 years had larger abdominal fat cells than those who did not develop the disease. The larger the fat cells, the larger the probability of developing type 2 diabetes. Since a person's fat cells vary significantly in size, the researchers used an average for each person."
The risk of type 2 diabetes in women IS increased by being Large and Fat.
"Waist circumference divided by body height can also be used to determine which women are at risk. This is shown in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden."
No need to complicate matters with useless fat sampling, look under the microscope hogwash when looking at the hog is all it takes.

University Of Queensland Researcher Offers A Greater Incentive To Eat Your Greens

Is this researcher stupid, or what?
"UQ PhD candidate and nutritionist Christine Houghton is set to investigate whether broccoli could help in the fight against diabetes...

Ms Houghton is currently trying to find out exactly how much sulforaphane is produced in 500mg of encapsulated broccoli sprout powder.

Using this encapsulated broccoli sprout, in 2010 she hopes to start a clinical trial for patients with impaired glucose tolerance."
Not only does the research have nothing to do with real broccoli, but if stroke, hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis and more are not enough to get the fat to eat fewer Calories (ostensibly a result of more veggies), then what makes this fool think that her research into ersatz broccoli will inspire more veggie consumption?

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Fighting Loss Of Muscle Function In Obesity

Dangerously stupid research.
"Experts at The University of Nottingham are working on ground-breaking research to determine, for the first time, precisely what damage obesity can inflict on the muscles in our body.

It is hoped their research, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), will lead to more effective treatment strategies for the obese to minimise muscle complications."
First, the loss of muscle function can be fought with weight loss.


Second, and more importantly, let the loss of muscle function progress - in fact, accelerate it.

Then it may reach the point where the fat get too weak to lift food to their mouths or stick their faces in the trough or place the feedbag.

Weight Loss Is Good For The Kidneys

So? It won't inspire the calorically irresponsible to lose the weight.
"Losing weight may preserve kidney function in obese people with kidney disease, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology (CJASN). The findings indicate that taking off the pounds could be an important step kidney disease patients can take to protect their health.

More than a third of US adults are either obese or overweight. Weight loss can improve a number of health problems; for example, it can improve control of diabetes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduce the effects of heart disease...

The analysis revealed that weight loss attained through diet and exercise reduces proteinuria (excess excretion of protein in the urine a hallmark of kidney damage) and may prevent additional decline in kidney function in obese patients with kidney disease."
But this will inspire:

Allow the fat to pay for their own rescue out of pocket, instead of the public:
"Dialysis costs on a per patient per year basis were $68,585 in that year..." (2005)
Make that happen and watch the Calories melt.

Australians Urged To 'Take 10' Small Steps To Weight Loss Success In 2010

Nine steps too many brought to you by IMHO one of the leading misleading info sources on weight loss - dietitians.
"Forget the fads and 'Take 10 in 2010' - that's the message from Australia's leading nutrition organisation, the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA), as they launch the third annual Australia's Healthy Weight Week.

DAA CEO Claire Hewat said the week is a wake-up call for the many dieters who adopt radical and unproven weight loss programs - only to gain more weight. And the call comes on the back of the Federal Government's Preventative Health Taskforce report which has called for better regulation of the multimillion dollar diet industry.

DAA commissioned research reveals that of those Australians trying to lose weight, more than one in five are following a potentially dangerous diet from a book or magazine and only 16 per cent are seeking professional advice from a qualified Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)...

To get people started this Australia's Healthy Weight Week, Associate Professor Collins has selected her top 10 tips for weight loss success:

1. Eat breakfast
2. Include vegetables or salad with lunch and dinner
3. Choose fruit as a snack
4. Replace full fat food and drinks with reduced fat alternatives
5. Choose wholegrain foods instead of more refined foods
6. Eat smaller serving sizes by using smaller plates and cups
7. Eat slowly and stop when you are satisfied not stuffed full
8. Eat when you genuinely feel hungry rather than for emotional or other reasons
9. Swap sweetened beverages such as cordial, soft drink and juice with water
10. Eat your evening meals at a dinner table with the TV turned off"
And this crap is just "to get people started."

Wanna lose weight?

Do ONE thing.

Eat fewer Calories than you burn long enough to get down to intended human weight.

Done. Oops.

TWO things.

Number two is do not listen to dietitians, Big Sick Care, Big Pharma, the government, etc.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Health Care Costs Driven Significantly Higher By Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors

All the more reason to tax the fatsos more and the rest of us less.
"Risk factors for metabolic syndrome, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and elevated blood lipid levels, can increase a person's healthcare costs nearly 1.6-fold, or about $2,000 per year. For each additional risk factor those costs rise an average of 24%, according to an illuminating article in a recent issue of Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available free online at

A two-year study that compared annual healthcare costs for people with and without diabetes found both higher healthcare utilization and significantly greater expenses ($5,732 versus $3,581 per year) for those who had risk factors for metabolic syndrome. A group of researchers from the Center for Health Studies (Seattle, WA); United BioSource Corp. (Bethesda, MD); University of Arizona, Tucson; Kaiser Permanente's Colorado Clinical Research Unit in Denver and Northwest Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon; Genzyme (Cambridge, MA); and Sanofi-Aventis (Bridgewater, NJ), led by D.M. Boudreau, PhD, from United BioSource, evaluated healthcare utilization among more than 170,000 men and women, approximately 58% of whom had risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

The study, entitled 'Health Care Utilization and Costs by Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors,' also compared the annual healthcare costs for subjects who had both diabetes and metabolic syndrome risk factors and found them to be nearly double the costs for people who did not have diabetes but had similar risk factors for metabolic syndrome ($8,067 vs. $4,638)."
No more bailouts for the calorically irresponsible.

Vitamin D: Many Benefits; Optimal Dose Uncertain

News you cannot use.
"Vitamin D appears to boost health from head to toe, according to the September issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. But, so far, there's no consensus on what level of vitamin D is optimal for good health."
But they will tell you that no matter what the level is, you need more, i.e., to supplement your intake of the cure du jour.
"Very large doses of vitamin D taken over time can cause ill effects, including nausea, vomiting, poor appetite, constipation, weakness and weight loss."
The "D" in Vitamin D stands for "dollar."

(Though self-induced toxicity leading to weight loss is a thought...)

Protein Link To Fat Storage Pinpointed By Scientists

A huge sigh of relief. They have "pinpointed" the culprit.
"A protein found present in all cells in the body could help scientists better understand how we store fat.

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that the protein invadolysin, which is essential for healthy cell division, is present in lipid droplets - the parts of cells used to store fat."
And "all cells in the body," too.

Good luck with that.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Fight obesity? Add sales tax to soda tab

Collective punishment.
" In a bid to ramp up the public health battle against obesity, a group of nutrition and economics experts are pushing for a tax of 1 cent on every of ounce of sodas and other sweetened beverages.

Proposals for a hefty soda tax though have repeatedly fallen flat. The idea was even floated as a way to help pay for health care reform, but government officials on Wednesday said that's not likely to happen.

The experts' plan was released by the influential New England Journal of Medicine, in a health policy article by Arkansas' surgeon general, New York City's health commissioner and five national experts on health and economics.

A soda tax would generate tax revenue while discouraging people from consuming extra calories, the authors contend. They cited a series of studies that showed higher rates of obesity and diabetes among women who drank more sugar-sweetened beverages. They argue that a steeper soda tax would borrow the same strategy that helped drive down cigarette smoking while bolstering government revenues."
This shows the falseness of their claims.

If they wanted to "borrow the same strategy that helped drive down cigarette smoking while bolstering government revenues" they would only tax items used by fat people just as cigarettes are only used by smokers.

What is that term used to describe this kind of behavior?

Oh, yeah. "You lie."

Color-Coded Chart Improves Parents' Understanding Of Body Mass Index (BMI)

As if having a piglet child is not enough to communicate that the kid is fat.
"A new study shows that parents are more likely to understand a body mass index (BMI) chart if it's color-coded, like a traffic light, than the standard charts currently in use.

'We think that better communication of BMI from doctor to parent could lead to parents earlier awareness of their child's weight status in time to help them make important lifestyle changes,' says Eliana Perrin, M.D., M.P.H., senior and corresponding author of the study and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine."
Won't make an ounce of difference.

Active Older Adults Live Longer, Have Better Functional Status

More reasons for training.
"Older adults who continue or begin to do any amount of exercise appear to live longer and have a lower risk of disability, according to a report in the September 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals."
To see results, do not "exercise" - train instead.

Learn how to train.

Your life will improve.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

NIH Funds Grantees Focusing on Epigenomics of Human Health and Disease

More bad news for the idiots hoping for a genetic "cure" for their fatso-ness.
"The National Institutes of Health announced today that it will fund 22 grants on genome-wide studies of how epigenetic changes — chemical modifications to genes that result from diet, aging, stress, or environmental exposures — define and contribute to specific human diseases and biological processes."
So it is not just the genes, it is how they are modified that affects their expression.

What this means, is that the variables are growing - big and fast.

This means that finding the genetic "cure" is even tougher.

They were wrong about the number of genes in the genome. There are far fewer than originally thought.

And, between 24% and 30% appear to be involved in overfatness - so they estimate.

However, the difference in genes between humans and mice is only 1%:
"Scientists think that the mouse genome will be even important than the human genome to medicine and human welfare. That seems bizarre: why is that? The reason is that, because of the relatively 'recent' divergence of the mouse and human lineages from our common ancestor (about 75 million years ago), an astonishing 99% of mouse genes turn out to have analogues in humans. Not only that, but great tracts of code are syntenic - that means the genes appear in the same order in the two genomes...
The astonishingly close homology that has been revealed in the code between mouse and human genome extends to functionality. Many homologous genes have identical functions in the two species, anatomy, physiology and metabolism are similar and genetic disease pathology can be very similar. So the fact that we can study the mouse empirically, means that we can identify the functions of genes in people and both understand human disease pathology and create ways to treat it." (source)
That is why, if you are going to attempt a genetic "cure" for fatosity, it is better to work on turning fat people into mice, where there is apparent success in controlling weight.

For more info, go to

Here are mouse success stories: (Note size comparison with 747 in the first image)

Fat mouse (lower) vs. skinny mouse:

Work Out With Friends For A Natural High

Like these?
"Exercise classes or going for a run with a friend will make you feel better than working out alone, according to new research published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

When we exercise, happiness' (sic) hormones called endorphins are released by the body giving us a natural high', a feeling of elation. To find out if this hormone release is affected by working out in a group, a team of scientists from the University of Oxford measured endorphin production in a group of rowers, both when they exercised alone and when they trained together as a team."
If it makes you so happy, why ain't people doing it?

A good way to turn people off is to create unfulfillable expectations.

Like this article does.

If you want to succeed, that is.

Green Tea May Benefit Bone Health

"New research from Hong Kong found that green tea, one of the most popular drinks around the world, may benefit bone health and the researchers suggest it has the potential to help prevent and treat osteoporosis and other bone diseases suffered by millions of people worldwide...

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, for the year 2000, there were an estimated 9 million new osteoporotic fractures worldwide, of which 1.6 million were at the hip, 1.7 million were at the forearm and 1.4 million were clinical vertebral fractures.

Europe and the Americas accounted for just over half of all these fractures, while most of the remainder were in the Western Pacific region and Southeast Asia."
If the stuff is "one of the most popular drinks around the world," then why is there so much osteoporosis and why are half the cases of osteoporosis in places where drinking green tea is more common?

This they failed to address.

BTW, think China is a leading exporter of green tea?

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Quadriceps Strength Linked to Lower Risk for Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis

"Quadriceps strength does not predict the occurrence of radiographic knee osteoarthritis (OA) in either sex but predicts lower incidence of painful or stiff knee OA in women, according to the results of a longitudinal cohort study reported in the September 15 issue of Arthritis Care & Research."
No train, get pain.

Give your kidneys a break: lose some weight

Kudos, fatsos.
"Shedding some excess weight through diet, exercise or surgery may help obese adults with kidney disease ward off further decline in kidney function, research hints."
Note "further decline."

Lead levels well below ‘safe’ limits hurts kids

Even more stuff they have no idea about what is "safe."
"Blood lead concentrations well below the accepted "safe" level harm youngster's intellectual and emotional development, a study released Thursday revealed.

Researchers from University of Bristol in the UK measured blood lead levels in 488 youngsters at age 2 and a half and linked these levels to scores on standardized assessment tests at age 7 to 8.

There was a clear link between blood lead levels in early childhood and academic performance by the ages of 7 and 8, the researchers report in the Archives of Disease in Childhood."

Still trust them to know what a "safe" food, drug or supplement is?

If you do, you probably have ingested too much lead.

Friday, September 18, 2009

U.S. workers' health costs soaring, studies show

Good news!
"U.S. workers getting health insurance for their families through employers have seen their premiums more than double in the last decade and the trend toward higher health costs is expected to continue, according to two reports released on Tuesday.

The Kaiser Family Foundation said the average premium for a company-provided family health insurance plan rose from $5,791 in 1999 to $13,375, a 131 percent jump.

Separately, the Business Roundtable, an organization that represents large U.S. corporations, said per-employee costs will jump to $28,530 in 2019 from $10,743 currently if nothing is done...

The Kaiser study said the portion of costs born by employees grew from $1,543 on average a decade ago to $3,515 this year. Employer saw their costs shoot up too, from $4,247 in contributions in 1999 to $9,860 in 2009 on average."
Then maybe people will have less dough to spend on Calories so they will buy fewer.

That would be a beautiful thing.

Health Experts Unite In Support Of Soda Tax

More inanity and certain failure from the experts who got us where we are.
"Presenting a united front in the war on obesity, diabetes and other nutrition-related disorders, seven of America's leading public health and economics experts are urging passage of taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). Their report, which suggests how such taxes could improve nutrition as well as recoup some of the country's enormous healthcare costs related to these diseases, appears in the October 15 print edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, and online at on September 16."
This is clearly collective punishment suffered by all because of the calorically irresponsible.

There is a proper way to do a fat tax.

Do it.

Cocoa Enriched Diets May Be Beneficial In Treatment Of Migraine

No headaches here!
"For several years, researchers have been interested in the value of Theobroma cacao in treating a variety of disorders. A new study presented at the International Headache Society's 14th International Headache Congress hosted by the American Headache Society (AHS) in Philadelphia, has provided the first evidence for the value of cocoa as a dietary supplement in repressing inflammatory responses within the trigeminal ganglia which are thought to play a role in migraine.

'It appears that a cocoa-enriched diet in rats can repress the proteins that are associated with the promotion and maintenance of inflammatory responses such as migraine,' said Paul L. Durham, PhD of Missouri State University's Center for Biomedical & Life Sciences, an author of the study."
Now to see if it works in pig-people.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ice Cream May Target The Brain Before Your Hips, UT Southwestern Study Suggests

Excusinators on a roll.
"Blame your brain for sabotaging your efforts to get back on track after splurging on an extra scoop of ice cream or that second burger during Friday night's football game."

Blame your self-control.

Cardiovascular Health of Americans Is "at a Crossroad"

Kudos, fatsos.
"The number of Americans who have a low risk-factor burden for cardiovascular disease (CVD) has decreased in recent years, because of increases in obesity, diabetes, and hypertension, a new study has found.

The results indicate a reversal of the progress made in fighting CVD during the 1970s and 1980s, say the researchers."
Your expensive diseases are diseases of choice and the three mentioned are all related to being fat.

Another argument for allowing you the privilege of experiencing the results of your caloric irresponsibility without the rest of us bailing you out.

Communities Fight Obesity: Tips Offered On Keeping Kids Fit

Here's some cold comfort.
"Parents strive to help children stay fit and healthy. Now, a new report says local government should do its part, too.

The report from the Institute of Medicine offers a menu of obesity-fighting actions that communities nationwide could implement. Tactics range from zoning restrictions on fast-food restaurants near schools, to community policing to improve safety around public recreational sites."
More conventional stupidity pushing doomed to fail programs.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Placing Food Items By The Checkouts Can Decrease Purchase

"The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men, gang aft agley."
"A study has found that the location of fruit and chocolate items in a canteen can influence purchase of those items; but not in the direction that researchers predicted.

Katarzyna Chapman and Professor Jane Ogden of the University of Surrey are presenting the findings of their study today, Friday 11 September, at the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference at Aston University.

The researchers changed the location of fruit and chocolate in the university canteen each week over three weeks so that either chocolate or fruit was positioned either close to the tills or to one side of the canteen.

Katarzyna Chapman said: 'We would have expected sales of products to have gone up when they were found by the checkout - as people may have purchased them on impulse. However, we actually found the opposite result.'"
Apparently, there is no "impulse" to buy that stuff.

Besides the fact that there are no healthy foods, only healthy eating, this research proves another crucial point.

The best one can hope to do is fool-proof a system.

It cannot be idiot-proofed since idiots are so ingenious and can defeat any system.

Arguably, in this case, fat idiots.

Chasing kids not the workout it seems

True for just about all activity.
"Busy moms who chase after young children may feel like they are run ragged by the end of the day. But unless they’ve managed to squeeze in an actual workout, they may not have engaged in as much physical activity as they think."
Fact is, you almost always think you did more than you did.

On average, walking or running a mile is only good for about 100 Calories.

Physical activity burns a remarkably meager number of Calories.

And takes a really long time.

That is a reason why caloric intake control is a much better way to control weight.

Adult Body Size Associated With Prostate Cancer Risk

Fat ass...
"A team of scientists led by researcher Brenda Hernandez, Ph.D., M.P.H. - an assistant professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa's Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i - has reported that body mass in younger and older adulthood, and weight gain between these life periods, may influence a man's risk for prostate cancer."
... sick prostate.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services Joins Ad Council And Warner Bros. Pictures To Combat Childhood Overweight And Obesity

Tax dollars hard at work failing.
"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Ad Council today launched a new series of public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to address childhood overweight and obesity. Featuring characters from the upcoming film Where the Wild Things Are, the PSAs are an extension of HHS' Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention campaign with the Ad Council, which encourages children and families to lead healthy lifestyles. The ads are being distributed to media outlets nationwide this week."
And we all know how well these earlier PSAs worked.

Well, at least Warner Bros. Pictures will benefit from the advertising.

This is from HHS's press release:
"Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, a Playtone/Wild Things Production of a Spike Jonze film: 'Where the Wild Things Are.' Maurice Sendak's classic book comes to the big screen in an adventure tale for every generation, starring Catherine Keener, Max Records and Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, Chris Cooper, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara and Forest Whitaker. 'Where the Wild Things Are' is directed by Spike Jonze from a screenplay by Spike Jonze & Dave Eggers, based on the book by Maurice Sendak. It is produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Maurice Sendak, John Carls and Vincent Landay, with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Bruce Berman serving as executive producers. The creative team includes director of photography Lance Acord, production designer K. K. Barrett, editor Eric Zumbrunnen and costume designer Casey Storm. Music is by Karen O and Carter Burwell.

'Where the Wild Things Are' opens nationwide October 16, 2009. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures. It is rated PG by the MPAA for mild thematic elements, some adventure action and brief language. Soundtrack Album is available on DGC/Interscope Records."
A PG Film:
"A PG-rated motion picture should be investigated by parents before they let their younger children attend. The PG rating indicates, in the view of the Rating Board, that parents may consider some material unsuitable for their children, and parents should make that decision.

The more mature themes in some PG-rated motion pictures may call for parental guidance. There may be some profanity and some depictions of violence or brief nudity. But these elements are not deemed so intense as to require that parents be strongly cautioned beyond the suggestion of parental guidance. There is no drug use content in a PG-rated motion picture."
What a great way to get to young kids.


Public Policy Should Promote Family Mealtimes, U Of I Scientist Says

Clearly, a double-edged sword.
"In a new report, University of Illinois professor Barbara H. Fiese urges local, state, and federal governments, businesses, and community leaders to promote family mealtimes as a matter of public policy.

'There are few things parents can do that are as effective in protecting their families as taking 18 to 20 minutes to eat together and talk with each other three to five times a week,' said Fiese, a U of I professor of human development and family studies and the director of the U of I's Family Resiliency Center."
A set-up for a backfire since parents are the ones responsible for making their kids fat.

Arena weight-loss data expected to underwhelm

So what's new? None of them really work.
"Upcoming trial results for lorcaserin, the experimental obesity drug being developed by Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc, will likely show it is about 4 percentage points more effective in promoting weight loss than a dummy pill."
Apropos for dummy patients who got themselves too fat and think that a pill is the cure.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Doctors Report Capacity To Manage Childhood Obesity Limited, Australia

Australia? Try the whole world.
"A new study has revealed GPs and pediatricians believe their capacity to effectively identify and manage childhood obesity is limited, due to barriers such as time constraints. 65 per cent of the doctors also perceived a shortfall in public sector dietitians to assist them in managing overweight and obese children, according to the study in Nutrition & Dietetics, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Forty GPs and three pediatricians from New South Wales were interviewed about their capacity, knowledge, skill and confidence in managing overweight and obese children.

The doctors felt the health system needed to better support them in identifying and managing obesity in children - and 62 per cent were unaware of local services provided by dietitians.

'We need to be educating and encouraging doctors to refer overweight and obese children to nutrition experts as early as possible,' said co-author Julie McFarlane, an Accredited Practising Dietitian, from the Wyong Hospital."
And, of course, the "fix" is impossible.

That sick care professionals cannot meaningfully affect fat people's abusive behaviors was admitted long ago by the AMA (American).

(This, also of course, did not dissuade them from wanting to be compensated for their admittedly ineffective efforts.)

The same is true for dietitians and other so-called "nutrition experts."

They are ineffective.

More of them will not effectiveness make.

And if these docs "felt the health system needed to better support them in identifying...obesity in children," i.e., they do not know a fat kid when they see one, there is a much more fundamental problem Down Under.

The brightest spot in this article is:
"...62 per cent (of docs) were unaware of local services provided by dietitians."
This means that they cannot refer patients for doomed-to-fail services.

Be grateful for small favors.

Queen's $1.8M Study To Test Canadian Exercise Guidelines

What did they do before they proposed them?
"How hard and for how long should you exercise in order to shed excess abdominal fat and reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease?

That question - of particular interest to the more than 60 per cent of Canadians who are overweight or obese - will be investigated over the next three years by researchers at Queen's University in a new $1.8-million study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)."
No matter.

It will not result in a meaningful outcome.

People will have no way to really monitor "how hard and for how long" will work for them by this approach.

This is like answering the question, "How hard and for how long should you study to get smart?"

This is a waste.

What to do is known. (see here, here and here.)

This study can only make more confusion.

STOP Obesity Alliance Issues Recommendations To Ensure Health Reform Successfully Addresses Obesity Epidemic

Total crap.
"The two most recent Surgeons General of the United States, David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP, FACPM, FACP and Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, today led the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance in urging policymakers to take direct action in health reform to address obesity and the chronic diseases associated with it.

'We've reached the tipping point on obesity in the United States,' said Dr. Richard H. Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General, Health and Wellness Chairperson of the STOP Obesity Alliance and President of Canyon Ranch Institute. 'Obesity now impacts every aspect of our lives, including the future of our health care system. Health reform that directly addresses obesity will save lives, save money, and improve the health and well-being of every American.'"
Heretofore they have been absolutely unsuccessful at issuing a single recommendation that ensures the successful addressing of the obesity epidemic.

Another pack of lies.

You wanna shed the pounds?

Go here and shut out the lies of the government, Big Sick Care, Oprah and her experts, etc.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

High Fruit And Vegetable Intake Positively Correlated With Antioxidant Status, Cognitive Performance

Antioxidants are rehabilitated - again.
"Researchers at the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I of the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany, investigated the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake, plasma antioxidant micronutrient status and cognitive performance in healthy subjects aged 45 to 102 years. Their results, published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, indicated higher cognitive performance in individuals with high daily intake of fruits and vegetables."
Yet another change.

Antioxidants are healthy
Antioxidants are unhealthy
Antioxidants are healthy
Antioxidants are unhealthy

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

How Coconut Oil Could Help Reduce The Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes

More they have no idea what a "healthy" food is.
"A new study in animals demonstrates that a diet rich in coconut oil protects against 'insulin resistance' (an impaired ability of cells to respond to insulin) in muscle and fat. The diet also avoids the accumulation of body fat caused by other high fat diets of similar calorie content. Together these findings are important because obesity and insulin resistance are major factors leading to the development of Type 2 diabetes."
So it is coconut oil good for you?
"AHA Recommendation
We advise people to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diet and limit saturated fat intake to less than 7 percent of total daily calories. One way to do this is to limit your intake of foods containing tropical oils. A diet high in saturated fat tends to raise blood cholesterol levels, increasing the risk of heart disease.
What are 'tropical oils'?
This term refers to coconut, palm kernel and palm oils. Like all fats and oils, these three oils contain various types of fatty acids. But unlike other plant oils, they contain a lot of saturated fatty acids. Coconut oil contains 92 percent, palm kernel oil has 82 percent and palm oil has 50 percent."
They are not even close to knowing.

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

If you want to eat healthily, go here.

That you can do.

Lifestyle affects risk of second breast cancer

Kudos, fatsos.
"Surviving breast cancer is no guarantee that a new cancer won't appear in the other breast. However, research now suggests that women can build their own personal armor to at least partially protect themselves from this occurring.

All it takes, says Dr. Christopher I. Li, is to 'stay at a normal weight, don't smoke, and drink in moderation.'

The research, headed up by Li at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington, suggests that obesity, smoking and drinking too much are all risk factors for breast cancer in the opposite breast -- also called the 'contralateral' breast -- of women who've had an 'estrogen receptor-positive invasive breast cancer.'"
That's all it takes.

Are the extra Calories really worth losing another breast over?

Still, I think, an extreme way to shed the weight.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Medieval Apple Pips Modern Rivals For Healthy Eating

Ah, the good old days.
"A 12th century organically grown apple called Pendragon has higher levels of health- giving plant compounds than modern non organically grown rivals, such as Golden Delicious, Royal Gala and Cox. From peel to core, the mighty Pendragon outperformed 14 other pipsqueak competitors, pharmacist Michael Wakeman told delegates at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's annual event, the British Pharmaceutical Conference, in Manchester.

'Of all the organic varieties, Pendragon was the best apple variety and contained 7 of the 8 kinds of healthy components at the highest levels. In contrast, the non-organic apples consistently had low levels and less major healthy components in both the flesh and the peel,' said Wakeman."
Which is why the lifespan in Medieval England catapulted to about 33 years.

Good job Pendragon.

Think this is some kind of marketing ploy?

(BTW, lifespan is not the test. Neither is life expectancy. However, if you are going to say something is "healthy," the least it can do is affect the likelihood of developing certain bad illnesses by lessening it.)

Budget Boosters: 'Back To Basics' Food For A Tight Budget

"A new survey has found 70 percent of people believe healthy food is more out of reach than this time last year, and around one in two admit to buying less healthy foods because these cost less."
There are no "healthy foods."

There is only healthy eating.

"Health" is a decreased likelihood of developing certain bad illnesses.

What we know, is that at a BMI, a weight-to-height ratio, of between 18.5 and 24.9, the likelihood of developing certain bad illnesses is least for most people.

How you got there and whether that makes a real difference is not known.

Eating healthily is anyway you eat to get to a "healthy" BMI.


And for most people, eating healthily is CHEAPER than eating unhealthily.

If you need tips and/or suggestions, click here.

Low self-esteem leads to obesity

"Children with self-esteem problems are more likely to be obese as adults, a research team has found.

A study of 6,500 participants in the 1970 British Birth Cohort Study found that 10-year-olds with lower self esteem tended to be fatter as adults...

Professor David Collier, who led the research, said: 'What's novel about this study is that obesity has been regarded as a medical metabolic disorder - what we've found is that emotional problems are a risk factor for obesity.

'This is not about people with deep psychological problems, all the anxiety and low self-esteem were within the normal range.'"
Only one thing leads to overweight/obesity.

More Calories in than out.

As to the research, the best these folks could come up with is that kids "within the normal range" got too fat.

Maybe they are wrong in declaring what is "normal."

And maybe they are as wrong about what is "normal" as they are about what causes overfatness.

That's where my money is.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Improvement Needed In The Present Primary Care Policies For Childhood Obesity

"Research just published on reports that current primary care policies aimed at reducing obesity and increasing physical activity in children are very costly to run and not successful...

'The global long-term physical, emotional, social, reproductive and economic consequences of childhood obesity are likely to be extremely serious,' says the study. This has led many countries to promote screening and counseling programs designed for children. 'However', say the authors, 'very little evidence exists to show this kind of intervention works'".

Guess someone woke-up down under.

Makes no difference.

The recommendations are hopeless:
"...research led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, questions whether resources would be better spent on prevention and improving treatment for obesity."
First, diet recommendations are all wrong from the get-go.

Second, their mindset is prevention and treatment.

You do not need to treat if you can successfully prevent.

This is a clear waving of the white flag.

And a green light for the rest of us to pay for the fat.

Don't stand for it. (Australia residents, click here)

Leptin-Serotonin Pathway Offers New Clues For Obesity And Osteoporosis Prevention

More meaningless crap.
"New research from Columbia University Medical Center has illuminated a previously unknown leptin-serotonin pathway in the brain that simultaneously promotes appetite and bone mass accrual. The research, which explains how leptin - well-known appetite-suppressing hormone - acts in the brain, is published in the Sept. 4 issue of Cell.

When the leptin-serotonin pathway is turned on in mice, the researchers found, appetite increases, the animals eat more, gain weight, and their bone mass increases. When the pathway is turned off, mice eat less, lose weight, and their bones weaken. Furthermore, leptin was found to not act in the hypothalamus as previously thought, but in the brain stem acting on serotonin, a hormone that in the brain acts to control appetite, mood and anger."
First, note that after all the hullabaloo over leptin, these researchers claim that prior studies got it all wrong about where and how it works.

"Dr. Karsenty points out that these current findings may have more influence on developing a new way to reduce appetite and obesity than preventing osteoporosis.

'It will be difficult to turn on the pathway to strengthen bone without increasing appetite at the same time,' Dr. Karsenty said. 'But this finding shows that it is feasible to alter parts of the leptin-serotonin pathway to decrease appetite without weakening bone.'"
Don't bother.

It is a waste.

Fatosity is caused by only one thing - more Calories in than out.

You can bet that as more resources are wasted pursuing a "cure" to overfatness, they will discover additional mistakes of the past and that these discoveries will become the past mistakes of the future.

The problem is known with 100% certainty - too many Calories in.

The cure is known with 100% certainty - more Calories out than in.

End of discussion and end the madness.

Treatments For Overactive Bladder Syndrome In Women Produce Modest Results

Explains the smell.
"About 11 million women in the United States cope on a daily basis with overactive bladder syndrome. Symptoms include sudden strong urges to urinate, difficulty delaying going to the bathroom, and in many cases involuntary loss of urine when the urge strikes. Researchers led by Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD of the AHRQ-supported Vanderbilt University Evidence-based Practice Center, reviewed research evidence on treatments for overactive bladder. These treatments include prescription medications, both pills and patches; surgeries and procedures, behavioral interventions, and complementary and alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, hypnotherapy and reflexology."
And what do you think increases the likelihood of an overactive bladder?
"In the multivariate model for the onset of an overactive bladder, there were significantly increased risks associated with obesity, smoking and consumption of carbonated drinks, and reduced risks with higher consumption of vegetables, bread and chicken. Obesity and carbonated drinks were also significant risk factors for the onset of stress incontinence, while consumption of bread was associated with a reduced risk." (source)
Guess the only overactivity fat people get are in their bladders and movements associated with eating.

BTW, if you read the article, you will see that drug treatment is no better than drugless treatments.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Athletic Performance Not Found To Be Enhanced By Popular Supplement Quercetin

Just like almost all the rest - with an important message at the end.
"The antioxidant quercetin is increasingly being marketed as a supplement that boosts athletic performance, but a new University of Georgia study finds that it is no better than a placebo...

Cureton notes that had there been a performance-enhancing effect of quercetin, a sample size of 30 would have been sufficient to detect it. Plant-based compounds related to quercetin, such as resveratrol, have been similarly touted for their health benefits based primarily on animal studies, but Cureton said his findings should serve as a reminder that the gold-standard of science is randomized, double-blinded studies in humans."
Note "animal studies."

The message:
"'The take home message here is that promising results in mice don't necessarily translate to humans,' Cureton said."
Now read the article below.

Discovery Of Gene That Protects High-Fat-Diet Mice From Obesity

Good for the mice. (See the preceding and following posts. Note size comparison with 747)
"University of Michigan researchers have identified a gene that acts as a master switch to control obesity in mice. When the switch is turned off, even high-fat-diet mice remain thin.

Deleting the gene, called IKKE, also appears to protect mice against conditions that, in humans, lead to Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity and is on the rise among Americans, including children and adolescents."
For this crap to make a difference, let me offer a suggestion.

Since we are experts at fixing fat mice, instead of trying to work it out for humans, where there are apparently at least 6000 genes relating to overweight/obesity, let's research how to turn fatsos into mice.
"Scientists think that the mouse genome will be even important than the human genome to medicine and human welfare. That seems bizarre: why is that? The reason is that, because of the relatively 'recent' divergence of the mouse and human lineages from our common ancestor (about 75 million years ago), an astonishing 99% of mouse genes turn out to have analogues in humans. Not only that, but great tracts of code are syntenic - that means the genes appear in the same order in the two genomes...

The astonishingly close homology that has been revealed in the code between mouse and human genome extends to functionality. Many homologous genes have identical functions in the two species, anatomy, physiology and metabolism are similar and genetic disease pathology can be very similar. So the fact that we can study the mouse empirically, means that we can identify the functions of genes in people and both understand human disease pathology and create ways to treat it." (source)
Clearly, this is a simpler matter.

Grant writers: Start Your Engines!

The rest of you, visit

Fat mouse (lower) vs. skinny mouse:

Ain't science great?

Eating At The Wrong Time Could Be Fueling The Obesidty Epidemic

Garbage. (and see the preceding, preceding posting)
"Eat less, exercise more. Now there is new evidence to support adding another "must" to the weight-loss mantra: eat at the right time of day.

A Northwestern University study has found that eating at irregular times -- the equivalent of the middle of the night for humans, when the body wants to sleep -- influences weight gain. The regulation of energy by the body's circadian rhythms may play a significant role. The study is the first causal evidence linking meal timing and increased weight gain...

Mice that were fed a high-fat diet during normal sleeping hours gained significantly more weight (a 48 percent weight increase over their baseline) than mice eating the same type and amount of food during naturally wakeful hours (a 20 percent increase over their baseline)."


The fact remains that weight gain is the result of one thing and one thing only - more Calories in than out.

Nothing will ever change that. It is a law that governs the entire known universe.

It even governs researchers who are too stupid to realize it.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Obesity surgery in mom leaves babies healthier

"Obese women who manage to shed excess pounds before becoming pregnant may be able to break the cycle of inherited weight problems and pass along better health to their children, a new study shows.

Researchers found that children were less likely to become obese if their mothers lost significant weight through obesity surgery before becoming pregnant, according to an upcoming study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism."
It is not the surgery.

The surgery is IMHO malpractice.

It is the weight loss.

More support for the position that fat people should not have kids until they have lost the weight.

This is an effective tool for preventing nutritional child abuse.

And if they fail to lose the pounds first, register the fat parents, follow-up with child and family services and have the fatsos pay for the visits.

This is what sick care reform should look like.

Not the crap currently being squeezed out in DC.

Important Nutritional Recommendations Not Being Met By People With Type 2 Diabetes

"People with type 2 diabetes are not consuming sufficiently healthy diets and could benefit from ongoing nutritional education and counseling, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues.

The study appears in the August issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association."
Of course they are not. Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes. If they were eating right, they would not be fat, Type 2 diabetics.

But eating healthily has nothing to do with following the recommendations of the dietitians.

Their advice is a "cure" worse than the disease since dietitians are a big part of the problem.

But what do you expect from a journal designed to promote the trade?

Ethnically dense neighborhood good for health

More brilliant researchers are at it again. Segregate for health!
"Living in a neighborhood with a lot of people of similar ethnic background may have some health benefit, hints a new study from the United Kingdom.

In the study, fewer activity-limiting long-term illnesses were reported by people who lived in neighborhoods they felt were more than half made up of people with whom they shared a common ethnicity.

This effect was seen among white (primarily of British and Irish ancestry), Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and African race and ethnic groups, despite the tendency of ethnic minorities to "live in deprived neighbourhoods," Dr. Mai Stafford, from University College London, told Reuters Health in an email correspondence."
Of course, busing people into their own neighborhoods will cut down on their walking.

No biggie. It is of relative uselessness, anyway.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Thin thighs - maybe not your heart's desire

The new look of healthy.
"People who have agonized over their fat thighs might be able to relax a bit -- Danish doctors said on Thursday they found patients with the thinnest thighs died sooner than the more endowed."
Or at least that will be the spin in the flabosphere.

An oddly cannibalistic research result since the poster child of health pictured above likely got there eating Danish.


Greater Risk For Obesity In People Who Don't Own A Car And Live Near Fast Food

Introducing the "Cars For Calories" stimulus program.
"Living without a car in close proximity to fast food restaurants is associated with excess body mass index and weight gain, according to a University of Pittsburgh study available online and published in the September issue of the Journal of Urban Health. Indeed, adults in areas with high fast food concentration who didn't have a car were as much as 12 pounds heavier than those who lived in neighborhoods that lacked such restaurants.

'Owning a car is generally associated with a more sedentary lifestyle and excess weight gain because people spend more time in their cars and less time walking,' said Sanae Inagami, M.D., study lead author and assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Yet, when Inagami and her colleagues looked at whether a high concentration of fast food restaurants impacted this association, they found that not owning a car in areas where fast food was more readily available increased the risk of obesity.

'Fast food may be specific to weight gain in particular populations and locations,' she said."

In particular, the populations of weak-willed, whiny, excuse-making, calorically irresponsible people wherever they are found.

Buyer Beware: Estrogen Supplements Not As Effective As Claimed

The results of another shopping trip to Whore Foods.
"Dietary supplements claiming to help postmenopausal women with bone health may not be doing what they say, according to new research from Purdue University.

'We found that some plant-derived isoflavones have a modest effect on suppressing bone loss during post-menopause, but more concerning is many dietary supplements that claim to have the power of estrogen do not,' said Connie Weaver, distinguished professor of foods and nutrition. 'It's buyer beware. Some of the supplements in our study claimed to be substitutes for estrogen, yet they weren't effective at all or weren't as effective as some of the current treatments for osteoporosis.'"
Just about the only real "health" from "health foods" is found in the bank accounts of "health food stores."

Caveat emptor = caveat fool.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Exercise Minimizes Weight Regain By Reducing Appetite, Burning Fat,And Lowering 'Defended' Body Weight

More they have no idea what they are talking about.
"Exercise helps prevent weight regain after dieting by reducing appetite and by burning fat before burning carbohydrates, according to a new study with rats. Burning fat first and storing carbohydrates for use later in the day slows weight regain and may minimize overeating by signaling a feeling of fullness to the brain.

The University of Colorado Denver study also found that exercise prevents the increase in the number of fat cells that occurs during weight regain, challenging the conventional wisdom that the number of fat cells is set and cannot be altered by dietary or lifestyle changes.

These coordinated physiological changes in the brain and the body lower the 'defended' weight, that is, the weight that our physiology drives us to achieve, and suggest that the effects of exercise on these physiological processes may make it easier to stay on a diet."

Sounds so scientific.

Now see here.

Antioxidant pills do not prevent metabolic syndrome

"Researchers found that among more than 5,200 middle-aged adults, antioxidant supplements had no effect on the risk of developing metabolic syndrome over seven-plus years.

Metabolic syndrome refers to a collection of risk factors for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke -- including high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, elevated triglycerides and high blood sugar. The condition is diagnosed when a person has at least three of those risk factors.

The current findings, reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggest that taking antioxidants in capsule form may not thwart metabolic syndrome."
Losing weight prevents metabolic syndrome, morons.

Fighting Fat And Diabetes With Biotransformed Blueberry Juice

Frankenfood watch.
"Juice extracted from North American lowbush blueberries, biotransformed with bacteria from the skin of the fruit, holds great promise as an anti-obesity and anti-diabetic agent. The study, published in the International Journal of Obesity, was conducted by researchers from the Université de Montréal, the Institut Armand-Frappier and the Université de Moncton who tested the effects of biotransformed juices compared to regular blueberry drinks on mice."
But is it still blueberry juice once it has been "biotransformed"?

Anything not to eat fewer Calories than are burned.


Sunday, September 06, 2009

Consumers Should Exercise Caution On Fitness Machine Claims, Expert Says

More about how the fitness industry lies to you.
"Many exercise equipment advertisers make bold claims about their products' benefits - claims that should be taken with a grain of salt, according to an expert in the September/October issue of a journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

David Swain, Ph.D., FACSM, says if an assertion sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

'There is still no 'miracle machine' that will give you the body of a fitness model in just a few minutes per day,' Swain said."
Wrote about this years ago - here is an example.

Smokers And Overweight Women Are At Greater Risk Of Breast Cancer

Kudos, fatsos.
"A recent study published in the Journal of Cancer Epidemiology has reinforced the correlation between being overweight, smoking and breast cancer. What makes this study unique is how test subjects were not diagnosed for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations, which predispose women to breast cancer.

Instead, women with such gene mutations were excluded to allow researchers to concentrate on lifestyle factors such as smoking, exercise, nutrition and weight...

The study found that weight gains after the age of 20 increases the risk of breast cancer. If the weight gain is more than 15.5 kilos, the risk increases by an average of 68 percent. Risk increases depending on how late in life the weight gain occurs. A woman who gains more than 10 kilos after age 30 or more than 5.5 kilos after age 40 is almost twice as likely to suffer from breast cancer as a woman whose weight is stable. The risk triples if the body mass index is at its maximum after age 50."
It is no longer about breasts on a hog.

It is more about breasts removed from the hog.

Men who stay trim less apt to get prostate cancer

Kudos, fatsos.
"Men who put on a significant number of pounds after their 20s face a higher risk of prostate cancer than those who remain close to their youthful weight -- but the effects vary by race, a new study indicates.

Researchers found that among nearly 84,000 middle-aged and older U.S. men followed for about a decade, white and African-American men who had gained weight since the age of 21 had a higher risk of developing prostate cancer."
Your fat asses increase your risk for illnesses up your butts.

Bon appetit.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Increase In Weight-Loss Drugs Prescribed To Combat Childhood Obesity

More nutritional child abuse.
"Thousands of children and adolescents are using anti-obesity drugs that in the UK are only licensed for use by adults. The number of young people receiving prescriptions for these drugs has increased 15-fold since 1999, but most stop using them before they could expect to see any benefit, according to a new study.
Which they won't see anyway since the stuff doesn't work.
The study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, focuses on prescriptions in the UK, where the drugs are not licensed for use under the age of 18. Extrapolated across the whole population, the results indicate that around 1,300 young people are now being prescribed off-licence anti-obesity drugs each year.

More than three quarters of those included in the study received prescriptions for orlistat, also known as Xenical or Alli. Orlistat has been approved for children as young as 12 in the US, but only for adults in the UK. Most patients given orlistat stopped using it very quickly, on average after just three months, and therefore would have been unlikely to see any benefit...

As anti-obesity medications are expensive, not sticking to drug programmes wastes valuable resources. Study author Ian Wong says that children who are prescribed orlistat may need more support and should be made fully aware of the potential side effects, which include loose, oily stools if fat intake is not reduced."

What a Pilot Eats Could Affect Flight Performance

The American public should make the best pilots in the world.
"Diet may affect the way a pilot performs on the job, a randomized, crossover trial showed.

When commercial pilots ate a diet high in carbohydrates or fats, they did significantly better in simulated flight performance than when they ate a high protein diet (P≤0.05 for both), according to Glenda Lindseth, PhD, RN, of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks."
After all , who eats more fats and carbs?

Up, up and away!

Well, not quite.

National Obesity Week To Be Promoted By NPA, UK

What's the big deal? In the USA, they promote national obesity every day.
"The National Pharmacy Association (NPA) is working with the National Obesity Forum (NOF) to promote its first ever consumer awareness week this year. National Obesity Week (NOW!) will run from 2-8 November 2009 and will encourage the public to find out their body mass index (BMI) from their local pharmacy.

The NPA and NOF will promote the importance of the public getting their BMI checked in community pharmacy throughout National Obesity Week (NOW!). All pharmacies looking to take part in the week should ensure they have BMI weighing scales and help signpost the public to where they can get more help on losing weight. Additionally pharmacies can promote their own weight management advice and programmes as well as offering tests for cholesterol and blood pressure throughout the week."
Oh, yeah...and they can also sell IMHO useless and/or harmful products allegedly for weight loss, too.

Wanna bet that is the intended outcome?

Friday, September 04, 2009

ESC: Obese Kids Show Signs of Metabolic Syndrome

More nutritional child abuse.
Obese children as young as 12 exhibit signs of metabolic syndrome, researchers say.
In addition to higher blood pressure and greater insulin resistance, children who were obese had significantly decreased endothelial function and increased intima media thickness...compared with their normal-weight peers, Sandra Erbs, MD, of the University of Leipzig in Germany, told attendees at the European Society of Cardiology Congress here.
'Nearly all components of metabolic syndrome are evident in our population of obese children,' Erbs said. 'The most [surprising] result of our trial was that endothelium-dependent relaxation of forearm arteries is already impaired, [similar to] adults with chronic heart failure,' she said at a press conference.
Simon Capewell, MD, of the University of Liverpool in England and moderator of the press conference at which Erbs' study was presented, said there's an 'extensive literature' on the problems associated with metabolic syndrome in young children, and this is an 'extremely compelling study that further strengthens the evidence.'
'This is no longer something that physicians can be complacent about,' Capewell said. 'This is real. These kids are on a path to become cardiovascular patients.'"
And yet, complacency is all we get from child-abusing parents and the mandatory reporters who routinely break the law.

Health Experts Offer Action Steps Local Governments Can Use To Cut Childhood Obesity Rates

More meaningless crap from alleged experts.
"Zoning restrictions on fast-food restaurants near schools and playgrounds, community policing to improve safety around public recreational sites, requirements that publicly run after-school programs limit video game and TV time, and taxes on high-calorie, low-nutrient foods and drinks are some of the strategies local government officials can use to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic in their communities, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council.

The report highlights several examples of ways that officials have promoted healthier lifestyles in communities ranging from big cities to small towns. It also recommends starting points that could help officials initiate childhood obesity prevention plans tailored to their jurisdictions' resources and needs."
But not a word about how the efforts have been unsuccessful.
"The report offers a list of actions that hold the greatest potential to curb obesity rates among children."

As if their prior recommendations did not promise the same.

And failed.

Deception at the level of the decision-makers continues.

Do not fall for it.

Overweight? Out Of Shape? Join The Military!

"While ending the draft in 1973 kept many Americans out of combat, it may have left quite a few fighting a battle for health and fitness. A study published in the September issue of the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) found that six to 12 months of military service helped draftees lose fat, gain muscle and reach a healthy weight. Those who were the most inactive and overweight saw the greatest improvement."
And this way the public, who voted him in, can follow the exhortation of the USA Prez to do public service.

(Disclaimer: Mentioning this does not mean that I either agree or disagree with

Thursday, September 03, 2009

It doesn’t make sense for us to review TV health news anymore

How crappy is the MSM?
"You won’t be seeing network TV health news stories show up in the reviews on this site any more – at least not in the way they’ve appeared in the past. Reasons:

• This is just one part of an overall change we’ll be announcing soon - a change in the entire scope of which news organizations we will review.

• We can’t review everything.

• Reviewing the TV news segments is the most time-consuming part of our work because we transcribe the broadcasts ourselves.

• After 3.5 years and 228 network TV health segments reviewed, we can make the data-driven statement that many of the stories are bad and they’re not getting much better.

• Our last publisher’s note
gave details on the embarrassing performance of the networks’ morning health news segments."
Health News Review is a watchdog organization that is fed-up with the consistently poor performance of sick care coverage on the MSM-affiliated boob tube channels.

You should be, too.

Read it all.

Get The World On Its Feet: The Role Of Exercise Training

Though the article is clearly wrong about what constitutes "exercise training." the numbers are valuable.
"Western societies are struggling to pay for their ever increasing medical budgets. In the US up to 393 billion US-$ were spent in 2005 for cardiovascular diseases alone. Based on epidemiologic studies in primary prevention it is reasonable to estimate that 30% of coronary heart disease and stroke could be prevented by 2.5 hours of brisk walking per week and approximately 284,886 cardiovascular deaths could be prevented per year in the US alone. With regard to metabolic disorders the figures are even more devastating: 91% of cases of diabetes type II may be attributed to high-risk behaviour including BMI>25... "
It is imperative to hold the fat accountable for their diseases of choice and relieve the rest of us from the burden of paying for them.

Fight back.