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Monday, December 31, 2012

Small Easy Changes Can Lead to Sustainable Weight Loss and Healthier Eating Habits

Not quite.
These results confirm that small, consistent changes in our daily eating behavior can result in gradual weight loss and developing healthier eating habits. However, they also show that it is a challenge for many people to stick to a program for a long period of time. So what does this mean for someone wanting to lose weight or eat healthier? It means that finding an initial set of tips that are relevant and doable for you can be enough to learn the general principle, later come up with your own changes and succeed at reaching your goal!
Note that the conclusion is for "small, consistent changes," not "easy" changes.

Fact is, there is a big difference between small and easy.

For most, easy is not so easy when it comes to the changes needed to lose weight.

This should be told to any prospective dieter up front.

That way disappointment and frustration have the potential to be avoided as best as possible.

Do not expect "easy."

Expect possible and doable.

Obesity Care May Not Be Best Delivered by PCPs

Understatement, false statement and truer-words-were-never-spoke statement of the year.
To meet the challenges of a growing obesity epidemic, primary care physicians (PCPs) need additional training and may need to refer patients to nutritionists or dietitians to help improve care, according to a national survey of 500 PCPs published online December 20 in BMJ Open.
False statement part - conventional approaches to weight loss are the number one cause of diet failure. See here, here, and here.

Understatement part - "may not be best" as in it never will and is really crappy, let alone not best.

Truer words part - for sure it will not be best delivered by anyone with a conventional sick care approach, including dietitians and nutritionists.

For good info that will lead to success, go here.

Body's Food Clock Upset By Holiday Overindulgence

Now you have it.

The reason why people overeat the remaining 362.25 days of the year.
Overindulgence during this feasting season can play havoc with the human body's food clock, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reported in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences).

Overeating, changing sleeping patterns, and significant changes in eating habits over the holiday period can upset the body's "food clock", a collection of genes and molecules that interact with one another and keep the human body on a metabolic even keel.
The solution?

Overindulge when it is not the holidays.

There, I fixed it.

How To Keep From Overindulging This Holiday Season


Go ahead and overindulge. It is the holiday season.

At the end of this posting, I will provide a guide on how best to overeat, IMHO.
As the holiday season approaches, celebrations will be full of good cheer, family fun, and most of all food. But how can we enjoy ourselves without popping a button?

Though the holidays are joyful, the average American gains an average of 10 pounds during this time of year.
Here is the way to really celebrate:

The FitnessMed tm Guide To Overeating For The Holidays

The holiday season is near or here and calls for you to do anything but celebrate with festive meals can be heard from the Grinches everywhere.

This is madness.

As if two or three days of celebratory eating will make you fat for an entire year.

One day is 0.27% of a year.

Let’s assume there are three holidays for overeating: Thanksgiving, Xmas and New Years.

Three days constitute a mere 0.82 % of a year.

The fact is that diligence and eating for health, which means eating for a BMI between 18.5 and 24.9, are what a person should do the OTHER days of the year, the other 99.18% of the year.

Repeat – the rest of the year is 99.18%.

You have to be a hard-core sadist to suggest that people give-up celebrating their holidays with festive meals because whatever they do calorically for less than 1% of the year will “ruin their lives.”

Do not believe that drivel.

A holiday is a holiday.


In the spirit of celebration, FitnessMed, Inc., is happy to bring you this guide on how to overeat for the holidays.

Not only will the strategies here help you overeat so you gain the least weight, it will explain to you how you can overconsume up to 33% more Calories without gaining more weight than you would otherwise.

This translates into more turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, stuffing, etc.


Here goes.

When you overconsume Calories, i.e., eat more Calories than your body burns, those excess Calories get stored as fat.

There is no way around this.

To store the extra Calories as fat, your body has to convert the excess food you eat into body fat.

Even though all food Calories are equal, storage of Calories is not.

Overeaten Calories that come from fat are stored more efficiently than overeaten Calories that come from carbohydrate or protein.

What this means is that if you overeat 100 Calories as fat, 97 of them will get stored on your body.

If you overeat 100 Calories as carbohydrate, 75 of them will get stored on your body.

Thus, almost 100% of overeaten fat ends up on you, while only ¾ of overeaten carbohydrate is what you end up wearing. For protein, the number is even less.

This means that you can overeat about 1/3 more Calories as carbohydrate and be no worse off than had you overeaten the Calories as fat (from a weight perspective).

133 Calories x 75% = 99.75 Calories.

So instead of overeating 100 fat Calories and adding 97 Calories of body fat, you can overeat 133 carbohydrate Calories and add about the same number of Calories as body fat.

The trick here is to overeat the Calories as pure carbohydrate and/or protein as possible.

This is not a difficult trick.

Skinless turkey, lean ham, stuffing moistened with fat-free broth and fat-free butter instead of oil, fat-free butter on rolls, fat-free sour cream on potatoes and substituting fruit purees for fat in baked goods (yes, it works – search online for “fat substitutes in baking”) are examples of ways to add more carbohydrate/protein and less fat to your holiday fare. (search online for “fat substitutes in cooking” for more ideas)

Granted the taste of the foods may be different.

However, if someone is interested in reducing their Calories from fat and being able to overeat even more if they choose, the price is much smaller than reducing the festivity of celebrating with food.

It is also smaller than experiencing the day-after guilt.

Besides, just because the taste may be different does not mean it will be less enjoyable. It might even taste better to you.

The only way to find out is to try.

Give it a whirl.

And enjoy the holidays!

Your friends at FitnessMed, Inc.

The Pig Is Clever Like A Fox

Oprah's participation in the weight loss debate is an Orwellian nightmare - the pig is in charge.

Well, the pig is clever like a fox.

Just in time to rollout the new version of the book she co-wrote with Bob Greene, AdipOprah, an IMHO whore-for-the-money and clear threat to people's health, devoted the cover and cover story of her O(bese), The AdipOprah magazine, to her weight woes.

In typical fatso style she basically blames her alleged mere 40-pound weight gain on her poor, defenseless, thyroid gland (again).

She is clearly spewing the slop in which she rolls.

The rollout of her “updated and revised” book together with the rollout of her personal story about why she cannot get the rolls out of her belly are an interesting coincidence.

I will bet, it was not “updated and revised” to tell people it is crap and that she and Bob are liars.

Personally, IMHO, it is nothing more than another attempt by a crooked person to rip-off money from desperate people. (According to the bovine billionaire herself, there are "more than 2.4 million" of them who read the magazine. Add to that the people who watch her TV show, listen to her radio programming, watch her TV network and visit her website and you have an awful lot of impressionable people being fooled.)

What she is talking about this 2008 holiday season is, IMHO, nothing more than another attempt at thievery. This is not new for them as Bob and Oprah, IMHO, have a history of using lies and falsified images to scam the public.

(IMHO, Oprah with Bob are every bit as crooked as Oprah is with her other boys, Mehmet and Michael, David and Jorge.)

Despite the fact that the IMHO whore-for-the-money admits that she was gaining weight beginning "in February 2007," she was too greedy to recuse herself from promoting the diet scheme concocted by her and Bob, instead averring how well it worked for her. Even to this day.

I just pulled this (12-14-08) from their diet website. The website is copyright, 2007. The hardcover edition of the book came out December 26, 2006. The paperback edition came out December 26, 2007. The "I" is fatso "O":
I lost weight in stages. First I became active, and I still work out even though I really hate it, but I know if I don’t I will end up 200 pounds again. Then I started working on my eating. I stopped eating past 7:30 at night. When Bob told me it would make a big difference in my weight, I resisted. I thought it was going to be too hard. But I was surprised to find that it wasn’t; even more surprised when it turned out to be one of the most effective changes I made.

I’ve now taken most of the bad foods out of my diet and replaced them with good. I eat smaller portions and I eat healthy foods as a way of life, not a diet to go on and off.

And the picture used on the website to promote the diet is:

Double liar.

Triple liar.)

Which is the same picture (the background was changed) she and Bob used to rip people off in 2008, on their website:

Quadruple liar.

And other places on the web:

Quintuple liar.

And at a "discount":

Sextuple liar.

And they promoted her and still promote her (12-24-08) as a "success" on their diet (enlarge the image if you have to or just click on it to get to the page):

Septuple liar.

Scummy Oprah and Bob are all talk about integrity as if it means something to them. This is from the complaint to the FTC about Bob and Oprah and their false and deceptive advertising:
"As will be seen in Exhibits A, B and M, there is much made of 'truth' and 'truthfulness' by both Mr. Greene and Ms. Winfrey. Likewise, they speak of accepting responsibility for one’s actions. In fact, 'truthfulness' and 'responsibility' appear in the General Index on pages 272 and 271, respectively, in the hardcover edition.

I submit that in the FTC’s taking of its responsibility it has the opportunity to not only protect consumers from what I contend (and what I posit a reasonable consumer would contend if he/she were aware of them) are clearly false and deceptive advertising practices, but also to provide Ms. Winfrey and Mr. Greene with opportunities to accept responsibility for and the consequences of their dishonesty and untruthfulness."
You can check out the Exhibits here.

Here is their chance to stop the talk and do the walk, which, incidentally, Oprah claims is a big part of the fatso "cure":
"All you have to do is work out harder and eat less! Get your 10,000 steps in!"
What to do?

Give back all the money they took under clearly false pretenses (plus interest earned and any damages), apologize to the world, do some jail time for being the IMHO crooks they are, shut their mouths for good (and the mouths of Oprah's other experts), stop publishing/writing on topics at which they are failures, slither off into the sunset and just go away for good.

That is integrity.

Incidentally, there is one truth among all this drivel of hers.
"All you have to do is…eat less!"
If this means fewer Calories in than out, then she is right.

And what is most important is that you do not need their sh**ty book in order to do that.

Complain to the FTC about her, Bob, Mehmet, Michael, David and Jorge, so it will get these IMHO parasites out from the broadcast media.

The sooner the better. Stop them before they harm again.

Oprah and Bob Greene Scamming The Public - Again

The headline links to the Oprahcide or Death By Oprah website.

Here is a picture of Bob and an Oprah that never existed in reality:

I am clear that, IMHO, Oprah and Bob are two of the leaders in the nutritional homicide movement. There are others, like Mehmet Oz, IMHO.

But what is so grossly apparently dishonest, is the Photoshopped image of AdipOprah.

Her entry into the fitness/weight loss domain is like the book Animal Farm.

The pig is in charge.

She claims to be all about integrity, but it is clear to me that she is a dishonest person who has a profit-motivated integrity of convenience that is basically the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help her Photoshop.

This is how Oprah really looks.

Big and fat and with chinny chin chins.

And big thighs and fat ass.

To see more images of AdipOprah and how she really looks following Bob's and Oprah's Best Life Diet, go:
The images above cover the period of time from around the release of their book, December 26, 2006, until just about the present.

But when you are a whore for the money, well, truth in extra-large packaging goes out the door.

However, "Sale Pricing" does not.

Here is a new "deal" Bob and The Killer Queen of Daytime TV are offering.

One look at the real Oprah - same faked image.

One look at the real Oprah - same doomed to fail advice.

One look at the real Oprah - same guaranteed to make you poorer and them richer scam.

This is how The Best Life Diet is described at
"From the bestselling author of Get With the Program! and Bob Greene's Total Body Makeover comes The Best Life Diet, a lifetime plan for losing weight and keeping it off. Bob Greene helped Oprah achieve her dramatic weight loss, and he can help you too. You'll eat the same delicious food that Oprah enjoys, and, just like Oprah, you'll have Bob to encourage you at every step."
Just like he did for Oprah! (see images and image links above, in case you have forgotten how good Bob is and/or how fat Oprah is)

Shame on her.

She should be ashamed but I suspect she is not.

If she ever had an ounce of shame, it has likely been replaced by pounds of fat.

In Oprah's own words:
"Excerpt from The Best Life Diet (sic) - by Oprah Winfrey

You cannot ever live the life of your dreams without coming face to face with the truth. Every unwanted pound creates another layer of lies."

And Oprah is the multi-layered liar.

Laughing all the way to the bank with your money.

To find out more about what I believe is going on, read the FTC complaint filed regarding her and Bob. It is available here.

Consumer Reports - Profile In Incompetence (Update)

Today is December 31, 2012. No response from CR since June 11, 2007.

Here is a chronicle of my communications with Consumer Reports re: their June 2007 cover story on "Rating the Diets."

The quality of their work is, IMHO, shamefully shoddy and their analytical skills fatally flawed - just like diet programs.

Of particular interest is CR's response, via a Mr. Harzewski speaking for the Editors.

Read it all.

Then, you decide.

To me, these folks are dangerously incompetent.

Caveat subscriber.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Targeting Taste Receptors in the Gut May Help Fight Obesity

Has to work.
Despite more than 25 years of research on antiobesity drugs, few medications have shown long-term success. Now researchers reporting online on December 21 in the Cell Press journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism say that targeting taste sensors in the gut may be a promising new strategy.

The gut "tastes" what we eat -- bitter, sweet, fat, and savory -- in much the same way as the tongue and through the use of similar signaling mechanisms.
Given the amount of s**t that the gut has in it, it must like the taste.

If more people ate s**t or food that tasted like s**t, it is likely that they would gain less weight or even lose!

Great approach researchers.

Now you are using your heads.

Or some other parts.

From Farm To Table, Mealworms May Be The Next Best Food

At last.

A weight loss strategy from the experts that has a prayer of working.

And, this type of grub, has the added advantage of delivering itself to your table.
Food enthusiasts interested in sustainable farm practices may soon have a new meat alternative: insects. Beetle larvae (called mealworms) farms produce more edible protein than traditional farms for chicken, pork, beef or milk, for the same amount of land used, according to research published December 19 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Dennis Oonincx and colleagues from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands.

The researchers compared the environmental impact of meat production on a mealworm farm to traditional animal farms using three parameters: Land usage, energy needs, and greenhouse gas emissions. From the start of the process to the point that the meat left the farm, they found that mealworms scored better than the other foods. Per unit of edible protein produced, mealworm farms required less land and similar amounts of energy.
You cannot gain weight from what you cannot keep down.

Are Bacteria Making You Hungry?

Only if you find their looks/taste appealing.
Over the last half decade, it has become increasingly clear that the normal gastrointestinal (GI) bacteria play a variety of very important roles in the biology of human and animals. Now Vic Norris of the University of Rouen, France, and coauthors propose yet another role for GI bacteria: that they exert some control over their hosts' appetites. Their review was published online ahead of print in the Journal of Bacteriology.

This hypothesis is based in large part on observations of the number of roles bacteria are already known to play in host biology, as well as their relationship to the host system. "Bacteria both recognize and synthesize neuroendocrine hormones," Norris et al. write. "This has led to the hypothesis that microbes within the gut comprise a community that forms a microbial organ interfacing with the mammalian nervous system that innervates the gastrointestinal tract." (That nervous system innervating the GI tract is called the "enteric nervous system." It contains roughly half a billion neurons, compared with 85 billion neurons in the central nervous system.)

"The gut microbiota respond both to both the nutrients consumed by their hosts and to the state of their hosts as signaled by various hormones," write Norris et al. That communication presumably goes both ways: they also generate compounds that are used for signaling within the human system, "including neurotransmitters such as GABA, amino acids such as tyrosine and tryptophan - which can be converted into the mood-determining molecules, dopamine and serotonin" - and much else, says Norris.
"Mood determining" bacteria.

The next Twinkie Defense.

Only bacteria-brained researchers would believe it.

And only smaller-brained fatsos would consider this foolishness even remotely plausible.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bye Bye Mediterranean Diet, the Poorest Can't Afford It Anymore

So what?

And when you read the following drivel, see if you can determine what the heck these morons are talking about?
Recently the Mediterranean diet has achieved lots of distinctions, from the inclusion by the UNESCO in the Olympus of the World heritage list to a long series of dedicated congresses and meetings held everywhere in the globe with the aim of promoting its healthy properties against the most threatening diseases such as cardiovascular disease and tumors. So the Mediterranean diet is an international star acclaimed by the scientific community as the best dietary paradigm. And yet this eating model seems to creak under the burden of the economic crisis scaring the food trolley of millions of families worldwide.

The alarm was raised by a team of Italian scientists from the Research Laboratories at the Fondazione di ricerca e cura Giovanni Paolo II -- Catholic University of Campobasso who published in the British Medical Journal, BMJ Open, the results of a study on 13,000 subjects.

"Our hypothesis comes from a pretty simple observation. -- argues Marialaura Bonaccio first author of the study -- We sought to see whether the increasing cost of the main food products and the progressive impoverishment of people could contribute to the obesity pandemic which has been affecting the countries of the Mediterranean area during the recent years, including Italy."

Researchers analyzed information on over 13,000 people, a sub-sample of the widest epidemiological Moli-sani Project. Since 2005 this project has been recruiting about 25,000 adult subjects from the Molise region aiming to investigate the relationship between genetic and environmental factors in the onset of chronic disease such as cardiovascular disease and tumors. The authors explored the association between income and dietary habits of participants, evaluated according to specific scores of adherence to Mediterranean diet.

"We found that low-income people showed the poorest adherence to Mediterranean diet as compared to those in the uppermost group of income -- says Licia Iacoviello, chairperson of the Moli-sani Project- In particular, high-income people have 72% odds of being in the top category of adherence to Mediterranean diet. This means a less healthy diet for the poorest, who are more likely to get prepackaged or junk food, often cheaper than the fresh foods of the Mediterranean tradition. In the lowest-income category we have recorded a higher prevalence of obesity as well. Low-income people report 36 % of obesity compared to 20% in the uppermost income class."
There has been zero proof of cause and effect.

There is just an alleged link, no matter how tenuous.

Yet, this passes for research.

The Med Diet has virtually nothing to do with obesity, overweight and their prevention.

Only Calories matter. Diet geography does not.


Occasional Family Meals Enough to Boost Kids' Fruit and Veg Intake

Eating meals together as a family, even if only once or twice a week, increases children's daily fruit and vegetable intake to near the recommended 5 A Day, according to researchers at the University of Leeds.
It is because of meals at home that kids are fat.

Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables is far less important than decreasing the number of Calories consumed.

At that, parents, in very large part, are abject failures.

To wit, all the fat, nutritionally abused kids.

Obesity May Be Declining Among Preschool-Aged Children Living in Low-Income Families

Not if the mirror is the reason why the too-fat decide to lose weight.
For years Blanca Ramirez, like many Americans, started each new year with a resolution to lose weight. But no more. "I lost 55 pounds this year and the weight is rolling off and will stay off," said the 42 year-old, married, mother of three. Ramirez underwent bariatric surgery at Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care in August and has lost 55 pounds in four months.
If the mirror is your Muse, go for it.

Despite the crap spouted by the nanny state Progressive medicine crowd.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Popular TV Chef Recipes 'Less Healthy' Than Supermarket Ready Meals

And remember that First Cow, Michellesie Obama, encourages celebrity chefs to create meals for kids.
Recipes created by popular television chefs contain significantly more energy, protein, fat, and saturated fat and less fibre per portion than supermarket ready meals, finds a study in the Christmas issue published on the British Medical Journal website.

The authors suggest including nutritional information on recipes in cookery books. Consideration should also be given to regulation of the recipes demonstrated by television chefs similar to that limiting advertisement of foods classified as high in fat, salt, or sugar, they add.
A possible reason why the meals of celebrity chef moron, Jamie Oliver, do so little despite being so expensive.

Intensive Weight-Loss Intervention Linked With Increased Chance of Partial Remission from Diabetes

Two important points.
Among overweight adults, participation in an intensive lifestyle intervention (that included counseling sessions and targets to reduce caloric intake and increase physical activity) was associated with a greater likelihood of partial remission of type 2 diabetes; however, the absolute remission rates were modest, according to a study in the December 19 issue of JAMA.
It is all about the Calories. i.e., weight loss from fewer Calories in than out.

And fat people are simply resistant to doing what it takes to make their diseases of choice "go away."

The only solution is to wean them from the "we pay for your sick care re: your illnesses of choice" teet.

Eating Whole Eggs Can Improve Blood Lipids

Does this seem different from what we have been hearing for, oh, the last forever number of years?
Eating whole eggs can improve lipoprotein profiles for patients with metabolic syndrome and also help them with weight management.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Aerobic Exercise Trumps Resistance Training for Weight and Fat Loss

Not news.

Fitness Watch and FitnessMed have been telling this to people for years.
Aerobic training is the best mode of exercise for burning fat, according to Duke researchers who compared aerobic training, resistance training, and a combination of the two.
As I wrote here years and years ago, cardiovascular training - done properly - results in weight loss as fat.

Weight training - done properly - results in weight gain as lean tissue.

The world is not waking up.

The world and these researchers are merely exposing their stupidity of long duration.

New Compound Reverses Fatty Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease is what fatty people get.
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have developed the first synthetic compound that can reverse the effects of a serious metabolic condition known as fatty liver disease. True to its name, the disease involves an abnormal buildup of fat in the liver.

The compound -- known as SR9238 -- is the first to effectively suppress lipid or fat production in the liver, eliminating inflammation and reversing fat accumulation in animal models of fatty liver disease. The new compound also significantly lowered total cholesterol levels, although precisely how that occurred remains something of a mystery...

Fatty liver, which often accompanies obesity and type 2 diabetes, frequently leads to more serious conditions including cirrhosis and liver cancer. The condition affects some 10 to 24 percent of the general population, according to a 2003 study in GUT, an international journal of gastroenterology and hepatology.
Just what is needed - a compound that allegedly works and by mysterious means.

There will be no mystery when the harmful side effects occur.

Better to lose the weight as fat from the body, including the liver, than to take mystery meds.

Muscle-Loss Study Sheds New Light On Ways to Prevent Muscle Loss, Obesity and Diabetes

A research study from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has yielded important breakthroughs on how the body loses muscle, paving the way for new treatments for aging, obesity and diabetes.

The study found that by inhibiting a particular molecule produced naturally in the body, muscle loss due to aging or illnesses can be prevented. Blocking the same molecule will also trigger the body to go into a 'fat-burning mode' which will fight obesity and also treat the common form of diabetes.

The exciting discoveries have led NTU scientists to embark on joint clinical research with local hospitals to further validate their findings which were previously carried out on animals.
When you read a "medical" article and words such as "important breakthrough" and "exciting discoveries" are used, you can bet that the research has yielded more hot air than anything else.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Weight Loss Achieved by 2 Lifestyle Interventions

More evidence that too-fat is a choice.
Two different lifestyle interventions modeled after those delivered in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) produced significant weight loss among overweight or obese adults...
All that is necessary is to make one or two simple changes for the excess weight to start coming off.

There is a third change.

It is the most important one.

The most important change is to stop paying for fat people's diseases of choice.

That will lead to more successful, lasting and quicker weight loss.

Brown Fat Transplants May Spur Weight Loss


But it is interesting to see this progression in the field of Brown Therapy.

See here.

Mice given brown fat transplants lose weight and avoid the kinds of metabolic changes that lead to type 2 diabetes, even on high-fat diets, a new study shows.

Scientists hope the same approach may one day lead to treatments for obesity and diabetes in people.
Hope springs eternal among the stupid and those who stand to profit off them.

Curbing Car Travel Could Be as Effective as Cutting Calories

Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Those considering how to maintain a healthy weight during holiday festivities, or looking ahead to New Year's resolutions, may want to think twice before reaching for traditional staples like cookies or candy -- or the car keys.

A new study by University of Illinois researchers, led by computer science and mathematics professor Sheldon H. Jacobson, suggests that both daily automobile travel and calories consumed are related to body weight, and reducing either one, even by a small amount, correlates with a reduction in body mass index (BMI).

"We're saying that making small changes in travel or diet choices may lead to comparable obesity reduction, which implies that travel-based interventions may be as effective as dietary interventions," said graduate student Banafsheh Behzad, a co-author of the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine.
No need for research.

Cutting the number of Calories consumed is the same as burning more (if the two are equal).

It is just that increasing activity, i.e., burning more Calories is hugely less efficient.

Wasted research resources.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Low Fat Diet Leads To Weight Loss And Lower BMI

Decreasing overall fat in the regular diet can lead to small reductions in body weight in adults, which could be extremely meaningful on a population-wide scale, suggests a new study published in the British Medical Journal...

After examination of all the trials, results suggested that diets lower in total fat decrease relative body weight by 1.6kg, BMI by 0.56kg/m² and reduce waist circumference by 0.5cm.

Each one percent reduction in energy from total fat caused a 0.19 kg decrease in body weight, compared with not changing total fat intake.
And what is "reduction in energy"?

Fewer Calories in.

Depression a Strong Risk Factor for Hospitalization in Men

Two words - Anabolic Clinic (sm).


Because anabolic substances improve mood.
Older men with depressive symptoms are more likely to be hospitalized for nonpsychiatric conditions and have longer hospital stays and worse outcomes than their counterparts who do not have depression, new research shows.

Investigators at Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom, and multicenter colleagues found that 44.8% of men in the Health in Men Study who had depression had at least 1 emergency admission during a 2-year follow-up period compared with 22.9% of men in the same study who were without depression ( P < .001). Men with depression also had a 2-fold increase in the mean number of hospital admissions, investigators add. In addition, admissions among men with depression lasted on average twice as long as for men without depression.
To find out how anabolic substances can help defeat depression go here, here, and here.

Exercise Intensity Trumps Quantity for Cognitive Health

Training, i.e., engaging in physical activity with sufficient intensity to improve, always beats exercise, i.e., going through the motions.
Intensity of physical activity rather than quantity may be more important for maintenance of cognitive health in the elderly, new research suggests.
To learn how to train properly, go here.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Scientists Discover Mechanism That Could Reduce Obesity

At last.
Approximately 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Cancer Institute, which puts them at greater risk for developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a host of other chronic illnesses. But an international team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researcher Andrew Larner, M.D., Ph.D., has successfully reversed obesity in mice by manipulating the production of an enzyme known as tyrosine-protein kinase-2 (Tyk2). In their experiments, the scientists discovered that Tyk2 helps regulate obesity in mice and humans through the differentiation of a type of fat tissue known as brown adipose tissue (BAT).

Published recently in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism, the study is the first to provide evidence of the relationship between Tyk2 and BAT. Previous studies by Larner and his team discovered that Tyk2 helps suppress the growth and metastasis of breast cancer, and now the current study suggests this same enzyme could help protect against and even reverse obesity.

Thought they finally discovered that fewer Calories in than out does it.

My mistake.

Pig That Models Human Diseases Such As Obesity, Diabetes, And Cardiovascular Disease Gets International Attention

What a waste. There have been pigs like this around for quite some time:

A detailed annotation of the genome of T.J. Tabasco, a pig from the University of Illinois South Farms, is the outcome of over 10 years of work by an international consortium. It is expected to speed progress in both biomedical and agricultural research. U of I Vice President for Research Lawrence Schook said that the College of ACES played a crucial role in getting the work started.

Funding that came through ACES allowed Schook and others to put together the Swine Genome Sequencing Consortium, an alliance of university, industry, and government laboratories in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The USDA committed 10 million dollars to the project. Today the project includes scientists from more than 50 research groups.

Schook said that the project has three main objectives: (1) to serve as a blueprint for understanding evolution and domestication, (2) to advance research on animal production and health, and (3) to explore ways to use the pig in biomedical applications.
Not to mention the fact that they have to engineer a special pig to get as sick as a fat human.

Be proud, fat people.

Eating Disorders Predict Illicit Drug Use


Now that 17 ounce sodas are illegal, heroin is just a short step away.
Adolescents and young adults who overeat or binge eat may be more likely to start using marijuana or other illicit drugs than their counterparts with normal eating habits, a new study suggests.
Might not be so bad if the food junkies stick with the weight loss drugs like speed.

A form of self-correcting behavior, as it were.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Binge Eating, Overeating May Be Associated With Initiating Use of Marijuana, Other Drugs

Food as a gateway drug.
Overeating and binge eating may be associated with initiating use of marijuana and other drugs in a study of adolescents and young adults, according to a study published Online First by Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.

Binge eating is defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fourth Edition) as eating an amount of food that is larger than most people would eat in a similar period under similar circumstances and feeling a lack of control over eating during the episode, according to the study background.

Kendrin R. Sonneville, Sc.D., R.D., of Boston Children's Hospital, and colleagues examined the association between overeating (without loss of control) and binge eating (overeating with loss of control) and adverse outcomes such as overweight/obesity, depressive symptoms, frequent binge drinking, marijuana use and other drug use.
Time to outlaw food.

Bedroom TV Viewing Increases Risk of Obesity in Children: More Than 2 Hours of TV a Day Adds Significantly to Children's Waist Size

So would two hours of reading. Or two more hours in the classroom. Etc.
The average American child from age 8 to 18 watches about 4.5 hours of TV each day. Seventy percent have a TV in the bedroom and about one-third of youth aged 6-19 is considered obese. Previous studies have shown that TV viewing time during childhood and adolescence continues into adulthood, resulting in overweight and elevated total cholesterol. An investigative team from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA reports new study findings, establishing the relationship between having and watching TV in the bedroom and childhood obesity, specifically high waist circumference.

"The established association between TV and obesity is predominantly based on BMI. The association between TV and fat mass, adiposity stored in specific depots (including abdominal subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue), and cardiometabolic risk, is less well understood," says lead investigator Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD. "It is hypothesized that higher levels of TV viewing and the presence of a TV in the bedroom are associated with depot-specific adiposity and cardiometabolic risk."

Between 2010 and 2011, 369 children and adolescents aged 5-18 in Baton Rouge, representing a balance between gender, ethnicity, age, and BMI status, were evaluated for a variety of factors, such as waist circumference, resting blood pressure, fasting triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and glucose, fat mass, and stomach fat.

Statistical analysis of the data developed produced two models. Together, these models revealed that children with a TV in the bedroom were more likely to watch more TV. These children also were shown to have more fat and subcutaneous adipose tissue mass, as well as higher waist circumference, when compared with their peers who did not have a bedroom TV. Study participants with a TV in the bedroom and those who watched TV more than two hours a day were each associated with up to 2.5 times the odds of the highest levels of fat mass. Viewing five or more hours a day produced an association of two times the odds of being in the top quartile for visceral adipose tissue mass. Further, a bedroom TV associated with three times the odds of elevated cardiometabolic risk, elevated waist circumference, and elevated triglycerides.
The quibble is with the inactivity associated with watching TV, which is the same inactivity that is associated with other non-in-motion endeavors.

In fact, it is likely that TV watching is better than reading as they relate to weight.


When watching TV one is more likely to get excited, increase heart rate, jump/move/squirm/gesticulate in support of a favorite team, etc.

(Snacking aside, which people who read can do just as easily.)

Rates Of Osteoporosis Screening And Treatment Need To Improve


Two words - Anabolic Clinic (sm).
About 30 million women in the U.S. have osteoporosis, with low bone mass and deteriorating bone structure that increases their risk for fractures. Racial differences in the rates of detection and management of osteoporosis were explored in a study of African American and white women published in Journal of Women's Health, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Journal of Women's Health website.
Moe screening and treatment are not needed.


To prevent and/or properly treat osteoporosis, see here, here, and here.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Eating Fewer, Larger Meals May Prove Healthier for Obese Women

It is not how often you eat or the quantity of food you eat per meal.
Media articles and nutritionists alike have perpetuated the idea that for healthy metabolisms individuals should consume small meals multiple times a day. However, new research conducted at the University of Missouri suggests all-day snacking might not be as beneficial as previously thought, especially for obese women.

"Our data suggests that, for obese women, eating fewer, bigger meals may be more advantageous metabolically compared to eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day," said the study's lead author, Tim Heden, a doctoral student in MU's Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. "Eating larger meals less often lowered blood-fat levels. Over time, consistently eating fewer, larger meals each day could lower the women's blood-fat levels and thereby lower their risk of developing heart disease."
It is, and always will be, the number of Calories consumed relative to the number burned.

Nothing else did, does or ever will, matter.

Overweight Pregnant Women Not Getting Proper Weight-Gain Advice, Study Suggests

Why bother? They gained weight without advice already.
Overweight women are not receiving proper advice on healthy weight gains or appropriate exercise levels during their pregnancies, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers.

"Excessive weight gain during pregnancy is associated with weight retention after delivery and is a positive predictor of obesity after pregnancy," Dr. Cynthia Chuang, associate professor of medicine and public health sciences, said. "Excessive gestational weight is particularly concerning for overweight and obese women given their already increased risk for pregnancy complications."

Overweight is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 25-29, and obese as more than 29.

Guidelines for weight gain are based on the weight of the woman at the start of pregnancy. Women of a normal weight are advised to gain 25 to 35 pounds, overweight women are advised to gain 15 to 25 pounds, and obese women are advised to gain less than 20 pounds.
They will almost certainly be able to do it again when pregnant.

Brown Adipose Tissue Has Beneficial Effects On Metabolism and Glucose Tolerance

Research into brown fat is brown research.
Joslin Diabetes Center scientists have demonstrated that brown adipose tissue (BAT) has beneficial effects on glucose tolerance, body weight and metabolism. The findings, which may lead to new treatments for diabetes, appear in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
It is a bunch of s**t.

Wanna bet if it will lead to "new treatments"?

One thing is sure.

It will lead to new complications.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Gastric Bypass and Banding Both Improve Metabolic Response

What we have been telling the deaf world for years:
Weight loss from bariatric surgery, not the type of procedure used, appears responsible for improvement of metabolic responses in obese, insulin resistant, nondiabetic patients, according to results from a study published online November 26 and in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Researchers led by Samuel Klein, MD, from the Center for Human Nutrition, the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, compared the metabolic effects of 20% weight loss induced by either laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) surgery in nondiabetic, insulin-resistant obese adults.

They found that both procedures equally improved insulin sensitivity and β-cell function and concluded that the advantages were derived from the amount of weight lost (LAGB, 19.3% ± 1.9% and RYGB, 20.1% ± 2.3%, respectively).
It has nothing to do with the surgery.

It has all to do with the weight loss.

And because conventional dieting is starvation dieting, dieters fail and the surgery becomes "necessary."

IMHO malpractice.


Low Fat Diet Helps Drop Pounds, Study Suggests

No news.

All diets help drop pounds as long as you consume fewer Calories than you burn.
Exchanging fatty foods for lower fat alternatives will help people shift around three-and-a-half pounds -- without any other form of dieting. People taking part in trials also saw their waist-lines become slimmer, and levels of bad cholesterol decrease. The results demonstrate that weight loss can happen without actively trying to lose weight beyond simply choosing foods lower in fat.

The report was commissioned by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Nutrition Guidance Expert Advisory Group (NUGAG) Subgroup on Diet and Health following a request to update their guidelines on total fat intake. The results will be crucial in making global recommendations.

The research is particularly important because being overweight or obese increases the risk of many cancers, coronary heart disease and stroke. Reductions in total fat were also associated with small but statistically significant reductions in cholesterols and blood pressure, suggesting a beneficial effect on other major cardiovascular risk factors.

The systematic review included results from 33 randomised controlled trials, in North America, Europe and New Zealand, involving 73,589 men, women and children.

Obesity and Overeating During Menopause Together Promote Breast Tumor Growth and Progression

More "Why don't you care about your own breasts, fatso?" news.

At least there is some good to this.
Obese women might be able to eliminate their increased risk for postmenopausal breast cancer by taking measures during perimenopause to prevent weight gain and to therapeutically control the metabolic effects of their obesity, according to the results of a preclinical study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

"Obese postmenopausal women have increased risk for breast cancer and poorer clinical outcomes compared with postmenopausal women who are lean," said Paul S. MacLean, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colo.
The good?

We can stop paying for the increased risk because it is a choice.

Let the fat woman assume it - financially and anatomically.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Could High Insulin Make You Fat? Mouse Study Says Yes

Bulls**t to the max.
When we eat too much, obesity may develop as a result of chronically high insulin levels, not the other way around. That's according to new evidence in mice reported in the December 4th Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication, which challenges the widespread view that rising insulin is a secondary consequence of obesity and insulin resistance.

The new study helps to solve this chicken-or-the-egg dilemma by showing that animals with persistently lower insulin stay trim even as they indulge themselves on a high-fat, all-you-can-eat buffet. The findings come as some of the first direct evidence in mammals that circulating insulin itself drives obesity, the researchers say.
Note that the prerequisite is overconsuming Calories.

In its absence, there is no weight gain.

This hogwash about insulin is a red herring.

It is all about the Calories.

Heart Healthy Omega-3s Now Present In Milk, Not Just Fish


It is now possible to incorporate fish oil into milk and other dairy-based beverages in concentrations high enough to promote heart health, and without effecting (sic) the product's taste or lifespan, suggests a new study published in the Journal of Dairy Science.
If for no other reason, if they either cannot spell or do not know proper English at VT ("effecting" instead of "affecting"), do you really want to consume their cockamamie concoction?

Obesity Reversed in Mice by Manipulating Production of an Enzyme

It is also reversed by fewer Calories in than out.

And that way there are no attendant unanticipated consequences.
Approximately 68 percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, according to the National Cancer Institute, which puts them at greater risk for developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and a host of other chronic illnesses. But an international team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researcher Andrew Larner, M.D., Ph.D., has successfully reversed obesity in mice by manipulating the production of an enzyme known as tyrosine-protein kinase-2 (Tyk2). In their experiments, the scientists discovered that Tyk2 helps regulate obesity in mice and humans through the differentiation of a type of fat tissue known as brown adipose tissue (BAT).

Published December 5 in the online edition of the journal Cell Metabolism, the study is the first to provide evidence of the relationship between Tyk2 and BAT. Previous studies by Larner and his team discovered that Tyk2 helps suppress the growth and metastasis of breast cancer, and now the current study suggests this same enzyme could help protect against and even reverse obesity.

The scientists were able to reverse obesity in mice that do not express Tyk2 by expressing a protein known as signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (Stat3). Stat3 mediates the expression of a variety of genes that regulate a host of cellular processes. The researchers found that Stat3 formed a complex with a protein known as PR domain containing 16 (PRDM16) to restore the development of BAT and decrease obesity.
Technobabble that will make no difference - and if it will, you can expect to be long gone from your obesity.

Cut down on the Calories.

Don't let the same people who cannot safely and effectively cure toenail fungus mess with your body.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Beware The Dangers Of Long Term Marathons

See post below.
Cardiologists say that for optimum health we should limit vigorous exercise to between 30 and 50 minutes per day.
29 or 51 minutes - deadly.

Want A Healthy Brain? Scientists Say, Go For A Run

See post above.
Physical exercise is just as important as cognitive exercise when it comes to maintaining a healthy brain, according to a new University of Queensland study released this week.
Just not less than 30 or more than 50 minutes.

You will fry your brain.


Combo-Snacks of Cheese and Vegetables Cut Kids Calories, Study Suggests

'Cause they hate it.
Almost everyone is familiar with the alarming trend of childhood obesity. 32% of U.S. children are overweight or obese according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. One of the many factors leading to the obesity epidemic is increased snacking in children.

Today children eat around three snacks daily while thirty years ago they ate only one.

Parents want to ensure that their children snack healthfully, but restricting or limiting children's snacking can backfire. Children in homes where parents carefully regulate snacking were found to eat more unhealthy snacks in an unregulated environment than children with less restrictive parents.

Researchers Brian Wansink, Ph.D., Mitsuru Shimizu, Ph.D., and Adam Brumberg set out to discover whether certain types of snacks would lead children to feel full while consuming fewer calories. 201 students in the third through sixth grade were given either a plate of potato chips, a plate of vegetables, a plate of cheese, or a plate of vegetables and cheese while watching some of their favorite afterschool cartoons. They were asked about their fullness at the beginning of the experiment, after watching one episode of a cartoon, and again after watching a second episode of a cartoon.
And when they were away from the researchers, what did they eat?

No data.

I wonder why...

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Men With Belly Fat at Risk for Osteoporosis

Two words - Anabolic Clinic (sm).
Visceral, or deep belly, obesity is a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, according to a study presented November 28 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"It is important for men to be aware that excess belly fat is not only a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes, it is also a risk factor for bone loss," said Miriam Bredella, M.D., radiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more than 37 million American men over age 20 are obese. Obesity is associated with many health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol, asthma, sleep apnea and joint diseases. Yet despite all the health issues, it was commonly accepted that men with increased body weight were at lower risk for bone loss.
To understand how anabolic substances can help prevent osteoporosis and other conditions, as well as decrease belly fat, go here, here, and

Daily Bread May Protect From Cardiovascular Disease

Wanna bet?
Eating bread everyday is a good way of preventing the development of cardiovascular diseases, a study carried out by researchers from the University of Barcelona found.

Professor Rafael Llorach Ramon Cajal led a study that identified the health benefits of eating bread and how its consumption is linked to a healthier lipid profile, resulting in overall better cardiovascular health.

A healthier lipid profile means that a person has lower levels of bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) and higher levels of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).

The researchers were able to analyze the effects of daily bread (white and whole wheat) consumption across a sample of 275 elderly volunteers who were at high risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Their findings showed that those who ate bread on a daily basis had healthier lipid profiles and lower insulin levels than those who didn't - meaning that they were at a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Hypertension is a cardiovascular disease.

From the same article:
High salt intake in the USA caused by bread consumption - Americans are consuming too much salt. More salt in the average American diet comes from bread than from salty snacks like popcorn, pretzels or potato chips. Even though the salty snacks taste saltier, and weight for weight do contain more salt than bread, Americans eat much more bread, resulting in very high salt intake from bread.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

An Inadequate Diet During Pregnancy Predisposes the Baby to Diabetes, Study Finds

More scare tactics from the unknowing.
Experts already know that pregnant women should not eat for two. A study now insists on the importance of a healthy diet as a way of avoiding increased insulin and glucose levels in the child, both of which are indicators of diabetes and metabolic syndrome risk.

Maternal diet quality during pregnancy is fundamental to fetal growth as well as insulin and glucose levels at birth. Such indications warn of the possible predisposition to suffer from illnesses like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
Note "indicators of" and "possible predisposition."

Wiggle terms intended to frighten, not enlighten.

Agenda-based "research."

It's among the worst types.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Risk of Childhood Obesity Can Be Predicted at Birth

BFD. It can be predicted even earlier.
A simple formula can predict at birth a baby's likelihood of becoming obese in childhood, according to a study published today in the open access journal PLOS ONE.

The formula, which is available as an online calculator, estimates the child's obesity risk based on its birth weight, the body mass index of the parents, the number of people in the household, the mother's professional status and whether she smoked during pregnancy.

The researchers behind the study hope their prediction method will be used to identify infants at high risk and help families take steps to prevent their children from putting on too much weight.
Fat parents have fat kids.

You know well before birth if parents are likely to deliver a child or piglet.

Mild Vibrations May Provide Exercise-Like Benefits for Obese

This is exercise:

If you're looking to get some of the benefits of exercise without doing the work, here's some good news. A new research report published online in The FASEB Journal shows that low-intensity vibrations led to improvements in the immune function of obese mice. If the same effect can be found in people, this could have clinical benefits for obese people suffering from a wide range of immune problems related to obesity.

"This study demonstrates that mechanical signals can help restore an immune system compromised by obesity," said Clinton Rubin, Ph.D., study author from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. "While it is well known that obesity can cripple many physiologic systems, this work suggests that mechanical signals -- in the absence of drugs -- can help combat this disease and its sequelae. That these mechanical signals are so brief, and so mild, is further evidence of how exquisitely tuned our body is to external signals, and that remaining active -- climbing stairs at work, taking a walk at lunch, standing while reading a book -- will help achieve and retain good health. Stand up!"
With research like this, clearly the end of the world is near.

Obesity Increases Time Needed for Lung Cancer Surgery

Time = money.
Lobectomy for primary lung cancer takes longer when a patient is obese, not only increasing the resources required to achieve a good outcome, but also adding to national health care costs, according to a study published in the December 2012 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.
Have the fat pay the premium.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Eliminating Four White Foods May Make It Easier to Eat Less, Lose Weight

Remarkably stupid crap from Mayo.
Dear Mayo Clinic:
I'm trying to lose weight, and a friend recently told me that cutting white bread and potatoes out of my diet completely will help. Is that true? If it is, what makes these foods so bad?

Your friend is right. Taking white bread and white potatoes, as well as white rice and white pasta, out of your diet can be helpful for weight loss. Because of the way your body processes these four foods, they can lead to cravings for carbohydrates, also called sugars. By eliminating them, you decrease food cravings, making it easier to eat less and lose weight.
This is BS to the max.

The level of the overweight/obesity problem in the US is not a function of these "white foods."

To wit: white bread is the preferred bread of the French. White rice is the preferred rice of the Chinese and Japanese. White pasta is the preferred pasta of the Italians. White potatoes are the preferred potatoes of the Irish (and nearly 60% of states have more obesity than Idaho).

For none of these people, the French, Chinese, Japanese, Italians, and Irish is overweight/obesity the same level of problem as it is for the porkers of the USA.

Eat white, or any other color, food.

Just don't eat more Calories than you burn if you want to avoid gaining weight.

Low Muscle Strength May Up Mortality Risk in Young Adults

Another reason to train - only the fit survive.
It is well known that hypertension and high body mass index during adolescence are associated with premature mortality. Now, a long-term prospective study of more than a million Swedish adolescents has turned up yet another risk factor: low levels of muscular strength.

The study was published online November 20 in the British Medical Journal.

The authors of the study, led by Francisco Ortega, a research associate in the Department of Physical Education and Sport, School of Sport Sciences, University of Granada, Spain, point out that muscle strength in adulthood has been linked to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in adults. Until now, however, similar data have been lacking in adolescents.

Similarly, they say, better cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with better mental health in adults, but there has been scant evidence whether muscle strength at any age is associated with future mental health and suicide mortality.

"This study provides strong evidence that a low level of muscular strength in late adolescence, as measured by knee extension and handgrip strength tests, is associated with all cause premature mortality to a similar extent as classic risk factors such as body mass index or blood pressure," the researchers write.
As it should be.

Health Care Intervention Will Likely Benefit Adult Entertainment Workers

A gift from one ho, the BHO, to, arguably, other hos.
It probably won't come as a surprise to hear that most adult entertainment club workers - exotic dancers and other female club employees such as bartenders, waitresses and hostesses - don't have great medical benefits. The nature of their work makes them easy prey for repeated unwanted sexual advances and behavior. Add in the prevalence of risky sexual behavior and substance abuse and you've got a perfect storm for unchecked health risks.

To measure the incidence of substance abuse and risky sexual behavior as they related to healthcare, Esther Choo, M.D., emergency medicine physician at Rhode Island Hospital surveyed 69 female adult entertainment club workers in Rhode Island. The results were recently published in the journal Women & Health.

"We went into the study expecting the incidence of substance abuse and other risky health behaviors to be relatively high," Choo said. "But we didn't expect that many of the women surveyed had never been tested for HIV and in fact were not well educated on the risk factors."

Choo continued, "Many adult entertainment club workers don't have access to basic healthcare, meaning they do not have routine physicals, and they don't have access to physicians for sick visits, tests or preventative measures that could help to mitigate their health risks."
Professional courtesy in action.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Muscular Appearance a Focus of Too Many Adolescents

Well, this is a bunch of crap.
Muscle-enhancing behaviors such as consumption of protein powders (34.7%) and the use of steroids (5.9%) are relatively common in adolescents, according to a new population-based study. These rates are higher than those that have been previously reported.

Marla E. Eisenberg, ScD, MPH, from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and colleagues published the results of their survey in the December issue of Pediatrics. The study was designed to identify adolescents who are at risk for unhealthy muscle-enhancing behaviors, defined by the authors as changing eating, exercising, using protein powders, using steroids, and using other muscle-enhancing substances.
First, how many is not "too many"?

Then there is the matter of why taking certain substances, e.g., supplements, is a sign of pathology.

It might be a sign of dumb, since they are a waste IMHO, but that is different from the accusations of the researchers.

Then there are the "exercise" and "eating" issues. They have to be a form of illness since they are being done to look good.

Apparently, wanting to look good is an illness.

The only sickness here is afflicting the researchers and their supporters.


High Prevalence of Eating Disorders in the ED

Almost there in recognizing that fatosity itself is an eating disorder of choice.
The prevalence of eating disorders among teens who present to the emergency department (ED) is much higher than previously thought, new research shows.

Suzanne Dooley-Hash, MD, and colleagues from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, found that 16% of patients between 14 and 20 years of age screened positive for an eating disorder during an ED visit for any reason.

Males accounted for 26.6% of all eating disorders identified during the ED visit; no difference in eating disorder rates was observed across ethnic or income groups.

"One of the reasons I was interested in this subject is because I think eating disorders are underdiagnosed, so that was the initial reason for doing this study," Dr. Dooley-Hash told Medscape Medical News.

"Our prevalence figures may be slightly higher than elsewhere, as Ann Arbor is a college town and these are the people at risk for eating disorders.

"But a lot of the more recent studies have been finding similar numbers, and we also think it is more common in males than ever before as well."

The study is published in the November issue of the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Binging Most Common

Patients aged 14 to 20 years who presented to the ED of the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor from October 15, 2010, to March 1, 2011, were eligible for screening.

Patients were first instructed on the use of a touchscreen tablet computer, which they used to complete a 20-minute screening survey.

A modified version of a validated self-report questionnaire, the SCOFF, was used to screen for the presence of eating disorders.

The abbreviated Patient Health Questionnaire 2 (PHQ-2) was used to measure depressive symptoms as well.

The first 3 questions on the 10-item Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)-C were also used to assess for risk drinking behavior during the past 3 months.

A total of 942 ED patients (mean age, 17.7 years) completed the computerized questionnaires.

Analysis of baseline characteristics in those who screened positive for an eating disorder showed that they were 2.6 times more likely to be female ( P < .001). Average body mass index (BMI) was also higher in patients with eating disorders, at 26.0 vs 23.2 for those with no eating disorder. They were also over 3 times more likely to be obese than those with no eating disorder.

But not quite.

Just come out and say it - eating to the point of getting fat is a disorder of choice.

Online Tool Calculates Risk Of Childhood Obesity

Fat parents have fat kids.
A simple formula can predict at birth a baby's likelihood of becoming obese in childhood, according to a study published today in the open access journal PLOS ONE.

The formula, which is available as an online calculator, estimates the child's obesity risk based on its birth weight, the body mass index of the parents, the number of people in the household, the mother's professional status and whether she smoked during pregnancy.
No online calculator is needed.

Just a mirror. In the home.

And this risk crap is a distraction.

Dangerous, too.

Fat, stupid parents (redundancy), will take the risk and justify it more vigorously at some arbitrarily "low" level.

Better to realize that all kids of fat parents are at risk.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cardiometabolic Improvement From Lifestyle Change Seen in Kids

More nutritional child abuse and proof that too fat is a choice.
According to the findings of a recent review and meta-analysis, lifestyle interventions effectively promote improvements in weight loss and cardiometabolic outcomes among obese and overweight children and adolescents.
Help the kids, hold parents accountable.

Stop the abuse.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Diabetes

Not according to the article.
Countries that mix high-fructose corn syrup into processed foods and soft drinks have higher rates of diabetes than countries that don't use the sweetener, a new study shows.

In a study published in the journal Global Health, researchers compared the average availability of high-fructose corn syrup to rates of diabetes in 43 countries.

About half the countries in the study had little or no high-fructose corn syrup in their food supply. In the other 20 countries, high-fructose corn syrup in foods ranged from about a pound a year per person in Germany to about 55 pounds each year per person in the United States.

The researchers found that countries using high-fructose corn syrup had rates of diabetes that were about 20% higher than countries that didn’t mix the sweetener into foods. Those differences remained even after researchers took into account data for differences in body size, population, and wealth.

But couldn’t that mean that people in countries that used more high-fructose corn syrup were just eating more sugar or more total calories?

The researchers say no: There were no overall differences in total sugars or total calories between countries that did and didn’t use high-fructose corn syrup, suggesting that there’s an independent relationship between high-fructose corn syrup and diabetes.

“It raises a lot of questions about fructose,” says researcher Michael I. Goran, PhD, co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Although the study found an association, it doesn’t establish a cause/effect relationship.

The Industry Responds

Not everyone is convinced.

Audrae Erickson is president of the Corn Refiners Association, an industry group that recently petitioned the FDA to change the name corn syrup to corn sugar on ingredient lists.

“Just because an ingredient is available in a nation's diet does not mean it is uniquely the cause of a disease,” she says in a prepared statement.

“There is broad scientific consensus that table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are nutritionally and metabolically equivalent,” Erickson says.

“It is, therefore, highly dubious ... without any human studies demonstrating a meaningful nutritional difference between high-fructose corn syrup and sugar -- to point an accusatory finger at one and not the other,” she says.

On that point, nutritionists who were not involved in the research think the corn industry is right.
And they are.

This medical yellow journalism/research is so bad, it is really brown journalism, i.e., really sh**ty.

Link Found Between High Fructose Corn Syrup And Increased Global Prevalence Of Diabetes

Link, at most. Not...
International analysis finds that countries using high fructose corn syrup in their food supply have a 20 percent higher prevalence of type 2 diabetes

A new study by University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers indicates that large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) found in national food supplies across the world may be one explanation for the rising global epidemic of type 2 diabetes and resulting higher health care costs.
...cause and effect.


I am betting that there is none.

Type 2 diabetes is fat person diabetes.

It is almost all about the weight gain.

And there is no reason why HFCS would add more Calories to the body than any other sweetener.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Diabetes Rises "Dramatic", CDC Report

Guess why.
Over the past decade and a half, the United States has seen a "dramatic" rise in rates of diagnosed diabetes, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study editors suggest the rise is likely due to people with diabetes living longer as well as increases in diabetes cases...

Obesity Highlighted as a Driver of Diabetes

The report editors suggest the main driver of these increases is the rise in incidence of diabetes in the US since 1990. This could be as a result of many things, including changes in how the disease is diagnosed, improved ways of detecting it, changes in the population (for instance more older people and minorities who have an increased risk for the disease), and a rise in the risk factors, such as obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

"Although the contribution of each factor to increasing diabetes incidence cannot be discerned, the increase in diabetes prevalence coincides with the increase in obesity prevalence across the United States," they note.

Albright says:

"These rates will continue to increase until effective interventions and policies are implemented to prevent both diabetes and obesity."
Here is a hint:


Increasing BMI Tracks With Hypertension Over a Lifetime

More good news.

High blood pressure is a disease of choice for fatsos.
New results from a study tracking medical students for almost 50 years shows that weight gain at any time in their lives increased their risk of developing hypertension. Dr Hasan M Shihab (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD) and colleagues report their findings online November 14, 2012 in Circulation.

"We were able to track body-mass index [BMI] and blood pressure right from the age of about 22 up to age 65, and the big thing here is the length of follow-up, which was up to 49 years," Shihab told heart wire . He noted that the longest follow-up period previously reported for this kind of analysis has been about 23 years.

Obesity in young adulthood conferred a threefold risk of hypertension, even after researchers accounted for lifestyle factors over the 50 years, compared with those who were normal weight, he and his colleagues report. And men who were of normal weight in early adulthood but became overweight or obese in midlife were twice as likely to develop hypertension as men who maintained a normal weight. Perhaps not surprisingly, those who stayed a normal weight were at the lowest risk of developing high blood pressure, the researchers say.
Now we can stop paying to treat the porkers.


Visceral Obesity May Increase Risk for Osteoporosis in Men

Take anabolic substances.
Visceral or deep belly fat might be a risk factor for bone loss and decreased bone strength in men, according to a study presented here at the Radiological Society of North America 98th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.

In the past, osteoporosis was thought to affect mainly women, and obesity was thought to protect against the disease, lead author Miriam Bredella, MD, from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, told Medscape Medical News.

"But then, a large multicenter study, called the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men Study, which was designed to determine risk factors for osteoporosis, showed that obesity in men was associated with increased fracture risk," Dr. Bredella said.

Anabolics decrease visceral fat and increase bone mass.

It is a two-fer.

See here, here, and here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Research Finds Kids Who Drank More Milk Have Faster Walking Times And Better Balance As Older Adults

Probably all that training to quickly get to the toilet from lactose intolerance.
Starting a milk drinking habit as a child can lead to lifelong benefits, even improving physical ability and balance in older age, according to new research. A new study published in Age & Aging found an increase of about one glass of milk a day as a child was linked to a 5% faster walking time and 25% lesser chance of poor balance in older age. The researchers suggest a "public health benefit of childhood milk intake on physical function in old age" - a finding that has huge potential for adults over 65, a population expected reach more than 70 million by the year 2030, doubling over just 30 years.
The only "huge potential" is for Big White and the sale of Kaopectate.

Safety Of Calcium Supplements Confirmed In Relation To Cardiovascular Disease

Contradictory info.
Individuals who do not obtain recommended intake levels of calcium through dietary sources can safely utilize calcium supplements to achieve optimal bone health, an expert panel concludes. These findings appear in the November online edition of Advances in Nutrition, a journal that highlights the significance of recent research in nutrition and illustrates the central role of nutrition in the promotion of health and prevention of disease.

Responding to questions raised last year about a possible link between calcium supplements and a potential increased risk of cardiovascular disease, an expert panel composed of academic and industry experts in the fields of nutrition, cardiology, epidemiology, bone health, and integrative medicine convened on Nov. 10 and 11, 2011 in Washington, D.C.

The panel collected and examined the available body of scientific literature, including randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational data, assessing whether long-term use of calcium supplements could promote the occurrence of strokes, coronary heart disease, heart attacks and other forms of cardiovascular disease, and cross-referenced these findings with four of the Bradford-Hill criteria for causal interference: strength, consistency, dose-response and biological plausibility. The panel concluded that the available science does not suggest an increased risk for cardiovascular disease from calcium supplement use.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

Resveratrol Shows no Metabolic Effect in Healthy Obese Men

More bad news for resveratrol.
High-dose resveratrol supplementation had virtually no physiological effect on obese men participating in a small, 1-month study conducted in Denmark.

The findings were published online November 28 in Diabetes by Morton M. Poulsen, an MD/PhD student from the Department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, and colleagues.

The polyphenolic compound resveratrol, a component of grapes and wine as well as other plants, has garnered attention in recent years for its potential health benefits. In rodent studies, resveratrol has appeared to mimic the protective metabolic effects of calorie restriction, including improved glucose metabolism and reduced inflammation.

Human data have been limited, however. "The present study does not support the use of resveratrol in a human clinical setting, but before ultimately defining the role of resveratrol in human metabolism, additional studies are strongly required," Poulsen told Medscape Medical News.

A total of 26 obese but otherwise healthy men were enrolled in the randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded, and parallel-group design study; 24 completed 4 weeks of treatment with either resveratrol or placebo.

The study dose, 500 mg trans-resveratrol 3 times daily, was 10 times higher than that used in a previous randomized study by Timmers et al, which did find improved metabolic parameters among 11 healthy obese men.

"Intuitively this should improve our possibility of observing an effect, which is, however, not the case," Poulsen said.

At 4 weeks, no significant differences between the resveratrol and placebo groups were seen in the primary outcome measure (insulin sensitivity, as assessed by the hyperinsulinemic euglycemic clamp technique). Insulin levels increased insignificantly in both groups.

There was also no effect of resveratrol on hemoglobin A1c levels; total, high-density lipoprotein, or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels; triglycerides; inflammatory biomarkers; leptin; or liver function tests. Measures of energy expenditure did not differ between the groups, nor did measures of c-peptide, glucagon, cortisol, adiponectin, and free fatty acids.

Resveratrol slightly increased both systolic and diastolic blood pressures, but the difference with placebo was nonsignificant. Measures of body composition also did not differ between the groups, nor did measures of ectopic or visceral fat content, Poulsen and colleagues report.

"The lack of effect disagrees with persuasive data obtained from rodent models and raises doubt about the justification of resveratrol as a human nutritional supplement in metabolic disorders," Poulsen and colleagues write.
It certainly does.

But have no fear, Whore Foods will continue to sell it.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gestational Diabetes May Become More Frequent Diagnosis

Hmmmm. Now why would that be?
Three articles published in 2 obstetrics journals challenge the wisdom of immediately lowering the threshold for diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), warning that evidence for benefit is inadequate and could result in more labor induction, more cesarean deliveries, and a surge in new patients who may overwhelm an already overburdened primary healthcare system...

...Further, although GDM is related to childhood obesity, the stronger relationship is with maternal obesity.
Fat people.

And their diseases of choice.

Contrary To Common Assumption, The Obese Achieve Great Outcomes From Joint Replacement Surgery

So says ONE study.
After total knee replacement (TKR) surgery, patients who are morbidly obese have similar pain and function outcomes as patients who do not fall into this weight category, according to a new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery. The finding is surprising given that numerous studies have shown that obese patients have worse outcomes.
This is the crap that passes for news these days.

A load.

In more ways than one.

At Least 7 Minutes A Day Of 'Vigorous' Physical Activity Essential For Children's Health

Not 6.5 minutes or 5.75.

Gotta be 7.0.
Children need a minimum of seven minutes a day of vigorous physical activity, demonstrates recently published findings by University of Alberta medical researchers and their colleagues across Canada.
Wanna bet?

Monday, December 10, 2012

Novel Drug Builds Bone in Postmenopausal Osteoporotic Women

Two words - Anabolic Clinic (sm).

No need for "novel drugs."
The investigational agent odanacatib appears to be an effective treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis that persists after 3 years of alendronate therapy, according to a phase 3 trial presented here at ACR 2012.

Treatment with odanacatib significantly improved bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck, hip, trochanter, and lumbar spine, compared with placebo, in postmenopausal women previously treated with alendronate.
The ones that used to work, still work.

And they work well.

To find out more, go here, here, and here.

Children In Poorer Neighborhoods At Greater Risk For Obesity

See below.
Children living in poorer neighborhoods are nearly 30 percent more likely to be obese than children in more affluent residences, according to a new study from Rice University.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

All Social Groups Threatened Equally By Obesity Epidemic

See above.
It is often assumed that those on low incomes and with low levels of education are overly represented in the major increase in obesity of recent decades.
Still think they have any idea what they are talking about?

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Being Overweight: How Parents Can Help Their Teen Children Achieve a Healthier Lifestyle

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 28% of adolescents are overweight. This means that about 1 in every 5 parents is thinking about how to discuss this with their child. Creating a healthful home environment, modeling healthful behaviors, and providing encouragement and support to adolescents for positive behavior changes may be more effective than communicating with adolescents about weight-related topics, according to a new study released in the November/December 2012 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

According to the Institute of Medicine, Committee on Prevention of Obesity in Children and Youth, overweight and obese adolescents have an increased risk for physical comorbidities, including type 2 diabetes and negative psychosocial consequences stemming from the stigma associated with being overweight. With the rise in childhood obesity, development regarding interventions specifically for parents of overweight adolescents could be part of the solution.
It is these same people, parents, who made the teens fat in the first place.

If they were capable of helping their kids achieve a "healthier lifestyle" it would have happened already.

This is plainly and simply insane/stupid.


Anti-Fat Bias May Be Equally Prevalent in General Public and Medical Community

And the problem is?
Medical doctors are as biased against obesity as the general public is, according to a study published Nov. 7 in the open access journal PLoS ONE by Janice Sabin from the University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.

The research tested the anti-fat biases of nearly 400,000 participants, over 2000 of who were MDs. All the participants, including the MDs, reported a strong preference for thin people rather than fat people in a web-based test that measures both implicit and explicit anti-fat bias. Implicit attitudes about weight were strong in both male and female MDs, but female MDs had a significantly weaker implicit anti-fat bias than males. MDs who were underweight, normal or overweight had a strong anti-fat bias, whereas MDs who were obese themselves had a moderate bias. The authors also found a significant difference in the strength of self-reported anti-fat attitudes between MDs of different weight groups (underweight, normal or overweight vs. obese and normal vs. overweight).

According to the authors, this is the first study to show that the strong anti-fat bias prevalent in the general public is also shared by many doctors. They say, "We found that MDs' implicit and explicit attitudes about weight follow the same general pattern seen in the very large public samples that hold strong implicit and explicit anti-fat bias."

Whether there is an association between these attitudes about weight and patient reports of weight discrimination in quality of health care, though, has yet to be studied.
That is the bottom line.

If there is no compromise in care, there is no issue.

Yellow journalism 'til proven otherwise.

When You Eat Is Important, Not Just What You Eat

Fat cells store excess energy and signal these levels to the brain. In a new study this week in Nature Medicine, Georgios Paschos PhD, a research associate in the lab of Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, shows that deletion of the clock gene Arntl, also known as Bmal1, in fat cells, causes mice to become obese, with a shift in the timing of when this nocturnal species normally eats. These findings shed light on the complex causes of obesity in humans.
Note that fat cells "store excess energy."

If you do not eat excess energy, you will not store fat.

That is true no matter when you eat.

Therefore, it is what you eat, i.e., the number of Calories, not when you eat.

There is no "complex cause of obesity."

There is only more Calories in than out.