Tag Archives: obesity

You can have too much of a good thing

16 Jun

Sometimes I get frustrated with all the conflicting information about foods that are good for you and yet sometimes they carry side effects. It makes me want to jump on the band waggon of Eat Right for Your Blood Type because these are exactly the foods that it has listed that are not beneficial for my particular blood type – Soy, chickpeas, sesame, sunflower seeds and some other types of peas.
I know that leaving my health to doctors is not an option for me and I am a strong believe that the best medicine for me comes on my plate. I just have to figure out which are the best ones for me. I do not believe in eliminating any food completely except Monsanto’s brands but I believe in eating in moderation and eating the foods that are most beneficial according to the most recent scientific findings. I cannot give up by being too overwhelmed with information. My health is my greatest asset and it is worth the trouble.

http://www.alternet.org/food/4-surprising-foods-packed-estrogen-chemical-linked-obesity-and-sexual-dysfunction

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How to get more legume in your diet

26 Sep

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-nutrition/leslie-beck/12-ways-to-add-legumes-to-your-diet/article217279

“The message from this cohort is that elderly adults who maintain a lower BMI [body mass index] by following a healthy lifestyle pattern – lower meat consumption, higher consumption of plant foods, higher physical activity levels – will live longer,” says Pramil Singh, an epidemiologist at Loma Linda University and lead author of the new study, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Even a small amount of weight gain (2.6 km) can adversely affect your health

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/conditions/weight-loss/the-key-to-fending-off-pounds/article1510315/

This seemingly small amount of weight gain is sufficient to adversely affect health,” Dr. Lee said. She also noted that “preventing weight gain is preferable to treating overweight and obesity because of the limited sustainability of weight loss.”

Only 13 per cent of study participants maintained the same weight and same body-mass index during the study period. Their distinguishing characteristic was that they expended physical effort that totalled at least 21 metabolic equivalent (MET) hours per week – which translates into about 60 minutes of brisk physical activity daily.

Another reason to lose that weight

19 May

According to recent scientific findings obesity contributes to global warming, too. Obese and overweight people require more fuel to transport them and the food they eat, and the problem will worsen as the population literally swells in size, a team at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine says. This adds to food shortages and higher energy prices, the school’s researchers Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts wrote in the journal Lancet on Friday. “We are all becoming heavier and it is a global responsibility,” Edwards said in a telephone interview. “Obesity is a key part of the big picture.” At least 400 million adults worldwide are obese. The World Health Organization (WHO) projects by 2015, 2.3 billion adults will be overweight and more than 700 million will be obese. In their model, the researchers pegged 40 percent of the global population as obese with a body mass index of near 30. Many nations are fast approaching or have surpassed this level, Edwards said. BMI is a calculation of height to weight, and the normal range is usually considered to be 18 to 25, with more than 25 considered overweight and above 30 obese. The researchers found that obese people require 1,680 daily calories to sustain normal energy and another 1,280 calories to maintain daily activities, 18 percent more than someone with a stable BMI.

 

Healthybytes

27 Jan

PARASITE IN CATS MAY INCREASE RISK IN SCHIZOPHRENIA

Researchers found that a parasite carried in cats and farm animals may increase a person’s risk of schizophrenia.  The study, conducted by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and John Hopkins Children’s Centre was published in January’s issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry.  The study found that 7 of the 180 schizophrenia patients in the study had been infected with toxoplasma before their diagnosis compared with 5 per cent of 532 people without schizophrenia.“Our findings reveal the strongest association we’ve seen yet between infection with this very common parasite and the subsequent development of schizophrenia,” researcher Dr. Robert Yolken, a neurovirologist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, said in a prepared statement.Most toxoplasma infections occur early in life through exposure to cat feces or undercooked beef or pork. Infections rarely cause symptoms, but the parasite remains in the body and can become active after being dormant for many years, according to background information in a news release about the study. 

OBESITY EPIDEMIC  EXTENDS TO PETS AS WELL

The Obesity problem in North America is not only limited to people but it has extended to their best friends as well – their dogs and cats.  I think people who are obese produce obese pets for the same reason. They feed their animals with junk foods and don’t exercise them enough. They sit on their couch and watch TV together. If they do not exercise then the dogs don’t get their exercises as well. And what’s even worse it has created a rich opportunity for our predatory pharmaceutical groups a to peddle drugs to make dogs get thin.  You know what will happen? You will be forever taking your animals to the vets to treat side effects of these drugs.  Might as well you put your poor animal to sleep rather than make them a ward of hospital. That’s unkind. To prevent fat related illnesses in your animals feed and exercise them properly.

Concerns raised over the Natural Product  KAVA

If you are one of those people who uses Kava, an extract of a species of pepper plant (Piper methysticum),  in place of  antianxiety medications. Though some clinical trials have found that it works, possibly by a mechanism similar to that of benzodiazepines, there are concerns here and abroad about its safety.The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports that it may cause serious liver toxicity, including cirrhosis and liver failure. About 25 people in Germany and Switzerland developed liver toxicity after using products containing kava. Buyer beware, you should be aware of the concerns raised by this drug and use with caution.

Employers discriminate against fat people

25 Jan

Did you know that fat are hired less often, paid less wages and are more accident prone than others.  An employer can fire you just because you are fat in the United States and there is not much you can do as being “fat” is not a protected characteristics under the  human rights code.
According to a study at Duke University study, “obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims, had seven times higher medical costs from those claims and lost 13 times more days of work from work injury or work illness than did nonobese workers.

It is discrimination to treat fat people in this manner but it is not against the law it appears.

Healthbytes – Pregnancy and Risks

4 Dec

chips.jpgAVOID FRIED FOODS DURING PREGNANCY

 

Some pregnant women develop some strange appetites. If one of those happens to be crispy burnt potato chips you might want to use all your will power to resist the craving. New research shows that Women who eat crisps or chips every day may double their chances of having ovarian or womb cancer.  Apparently  acrylamides, chemicals produced when you fry, grill or roast some foods is the route of the problem.

Dutch researchers talked to over 120,000 people on their eating habits, and found that women who ate more acrylamide appeared more at risk but they’re quick to add that there is no need to panic.

 Another reason to Watch your WeightObesity is now claimed, as the reason there is an increase in women dying during pregnancy and childbirth in the UK.  Research shows that more than half of 294 women who died during or after pregnancy between 2003 and 2005 were overweight or obese.  While this is not an alarming number, the trend is worth noting.  Women need to watch their weight even during pregnancy.Female babies may be programmed to be anorexia  Research shows that the hormones released to help female development in the womb may be the key to why some babies  go on to develop anorexia. Researchers believe that babies may be programmed in the womb by their mother’s hormones. Evidence shows that women are usually much more likely than men to have eating disorder, but a University of Sussex study found men with a female twin were more at risk.

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