Seniors, what are your thoughts on the obesity epidemic in USA?
Obesity is fairly new, what are your thoughts on this subject?
Sad and mostly brought on by fast food and packaged processed food. There is also another side though. What is considered ‘normal and healthy’ sized has been sliding down over the last 35 years or so. When I was a teenager sizes 10-14 were considered healthy and normal even the old Weight Watchers’ ads showed someone who had slimmed down to a size 12. Female movie stars fit into those sizes and had real curves and did not have to wear push up bras or get implants to have cleavage. I think trying to down size what is considered healthy has caused a lot of problems. Many young girls can’t fit the androgynous type favored now so they either starve themselves sometimes to death or give up and get depressed and start overeating.
how does eating to much fat, particularly saturated fat, plays a part in causing many diseases?
can anyone describe two ways in which eating too much fat, particularly saturated fat, plays a part in causing many diseases?
please help its a question on my course work, and av tried researching it but cant find anything useful.
Because there is not one iota of scientific evidence to prove that saturated fats have ANY negative effect on health.
Not one iota
U.S. Government guidelines were changed 35 years ago to suggest we lower our fat intake & increase our carb intake. American society followed these recommendations & in this same time frame obesity, diabetes, heart disease are all at epidemic levels.
The body does better with more saturated fat than less. Saturated fats are required to make many vitamins & minerals bioavailable so they can be incorporated into the body structure. Saturated fat is required for the body to function properly & to regenerate & heal.
7 Reasons to Eat More Saturated Fat
1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors
Saturated fat in the diet is the only means to reduce the levels of lipoprotein (a) — that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease. Eating fats raises the level of HDL, the good cholesterol.
2) Stronger bones
Saturated fat is required for calcium to be incorporated into bone – According to expert in human health, Mary Enig, Ph.D., as much as 50% of dietary fats should be saturated fats for calcium to be effective in the bone structure.
3) Improved liver health
Studies show that saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump fat content. Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from toxic insults & even to reverse the damage.
4) Healthy lungs
The fat content of lung surfactant is 100% saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant & potentially causes collapse of the airspaces & respiratory distress.
5) Healthy brain
Your brain is mainly made of fat & cholesterol. Most of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. The brain needs saturated fats to function optimally.
6) Proper nerve signaling & hormone production
Certain saturated fats, found in butter, lard, coconut oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence the metabolism.
7) Strong immune system
Saturated fats found in butter & coconut oil play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize & destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, germs & fungi. We need them to keep the immune system vigilant against cancerous cells & infectious invaders.
Plaque build up in the arteries are more attributable to carb consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque, glycation – the precursors to a heart attack and heart disease.
Study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. Low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R et al, 2008)
Postprandial lipoproteins, you’d think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it’s carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.
Gary Taubes who wrote “Good Calories, Bad Calories” spent 7 years going through all the studies over the last century & dividing up the real science from the faulty science & concluded that low carb was the best way to control insulin levels which balances out other hormones & allows the body to function properly.
A few of his points are:
1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease.
2. The problem is refined carbs in diet, their effect on insulin secretion & the hormonal regulation of homeostasis.
3. Sugars – sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup specifically – are particularly harmful, the combination of fructose & glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels & overload liver with carbs.
4. Through their direct effects on insulin and blood sugar, refined carbs, starches, sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease & diabetes. They are likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s & other diseases.
Adiposity 101: Taubes lecture – bad science & nutrition
How does money stop kids from getting fat?
Why does Michelle Obama think that throwing billions of dollars at a problem will stop it? Does she not know that kids aren’t going to listen to any anti-obesity campaign, and will just listen to the McDonald’s commercials instead?
And why is this even a priority? We’re always going to have fat kids. The government should not be trying to stop that. It should be left up to the parents and the kids.
1. It’s a problem, but the government can’t fix it. Just like they can’t fix education, poverty or crime.
2. We won’t have universal health care, because people know that it’s socialism. So that argument doesn’t work.
It’s all about education.
We have an obesity epidemic going on.
The problems caused by obesity equal more than $10M a year in health care alone.
Most of the questions about this on here are more about hating Obama than they are the problem of obesity.
What does it mean to have fatty liver and enlarged spleen?
I have a fatty liver and now my spleen is enlarged…Dr think I may have NASH….what causes fatty liver and enlarged spleen and what next?
NASH is becoming more commonly recognized because of the obesity epidemic. Affected persons also have elevated liver enzymes and a degree of insulin resistance if not overt type II diabetes. Cirrhosis of the liver follows. I think that may be the cause of your enlarged spleen. But NASH is only one possibility.
Treatment includes losing weight, exercise, balanced diet, diabetic control, avoidance of alcohol and unnecessary medication.
Consider a referral to a liver specialist (hepatologist). That’s a GI specialist who further sub-specializes in diseases of the liver.
How many women die to breast cancer each year?
I am doing a project for my school and i have to raise money for a cause, I thought this would be the right one. My grandma got diagnosed with breast cancer last year and i want to help find a cure.
Thanks for all the answers.
More than one million cases of breast cancer occur worldwide annually, with some 580,000 cases occurring in developed countries (>300/100,000 population per year) and the remainder in developing countries (usually <1500/100,000 population per year), despite their much higher overall population and younger age.
In 2000, the last year for which global data exists, some 400,000 women died from breast cancer, representing 1.6 per cent of all female deaths. The proportion of breast cancer deaths was far higher in the rich countries (2 per cent of all female deaths) than in economically poor regions (0.5per cent).
“The good news is that breast cancer mortality rates have started to decline in North America, Western Europe and Australia, mainly due to improvements in early detection and treatment programs such as chemotherapy and tamoxifen,” says Dr. Stewart. “Five-year survival rates are higher than 75 per cent in most developed countries.”
The report says that the worldwide breast cancer epidemic has many causative factors, including reproductive history, genetics, radiation (especially at times of breast development), and the Western lifestyle with a high caloric diet, obesity and lack of physical activity.
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