Archive for the ‘Obesity’ Category

Obese Children

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

Children can “grow into” their weight simply by slowing down their weight gain. In general one inch of growth in a child equals 4 or 5 pounds.

Dr. David Ludwig

Non-Obese Children

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Women who have a “healthy body” before conception have a better chance to raise healthy non-obese children. And having a healthy body weight during pregnancy and eating a low-glycemic diet are the best conditions for a non-obese child.

Also breast feeding appears to lower the chance of obese children.


Obese, Overweight, vs Healthy

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Obese individuals (body mass 30 and above) make up over one-third of Americans today. Another one-third is overweight (body mass 25 – 29). This very fact makes Americans subject to degenerative diseases, a position which our healthcare system cannot afford. [Life Extension, October 2010, p.8]

According to the US Department of Agriculture Americans consumed an extra 331 calories a day in 2006 compared to 1978. That amounts to 2,317 calories each week or 120,000 extra calories a year. This translates to about 34 pounds of stored body fat.

A young person can eat a reasonable amount of food and efficiently convert these calories into energy with minimal residual fat storage. As this same person ages there are many body changes. This means if we don’t consume a single calorie more at age 45 than we did at 25 our aging physiology will have us gain weight.

The encouraging news is that science has shown us many ways to change that. Our problem is we don’t want to give up those morning donuts or that extremely fat dessert after dinner. Being a couch potato has become addictive in our society.

So if we want to return to maximum health we need to change. And believe me it’s not easy. When I had my cardiac arrest at age 71 I had recently started exercising again, I had lost 35 t0 40 pounds, and still my heart stopped. But with proper exercise and a change in diet my wife and I were climbing mountains in China three and a half months after my cardiac arrest.

It’s never too late to change your lifestyle and eating habits. You’ll live longer.

The China Study

Friday, November 5th, 2010

T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., after many years of study came up with the science based book THE CHINA STUDY.

I realize that people basically “follow the leader”. It’s like the song “Give me that old time religion” “. . . if it’s good enough for . . . it’s good enough for me”.

What people don’t realize is that we have changed –and changed significantly.

In THE CHINA STUDY Dr. Campbell demonstrates that a good diet is the most powerful weapon we have against disease and sickness.

America’s health is failing. Just look at any pharmaceutical ad. They think they have a cure for everything or else they’ll get it tomorrow. The war on cancer was launched in the 1970s, and it is a miserable failure. Half of Americans have a health problem that requires taking a prescription drug. (I’m working in getting myself off drugs. I quit taking the statin drug Lipitor and now another doctor I’ve seen is mad at me. I’ve been off Lipitor over two years and feel better without it.)

We are leading our children down a path of disease ever earlier in their lives. Some doctors are prescribing drugs at one and two years of age. “When will we ever learn?”

Dr. Campbell was raised on a dairy farm. In school he was taught that cow’s milk make strong healthy bones and teeth. It was nature’s most perfect food.

For 10 years Dr. Campbell worked on a study for malnourished children in the Philippines. The thinking was they didn’t have enough protein, primarily from animals. What they found was those children who ate the highest protein diets were the ones most likely to get liver cancer. They were the children of the wealthiest families.

To be continued!

Obesity Responsible for Many Cancers

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) estimates that over 100,000 cancers occur in the US every year which are attributed to excess body fat.

The numbers associated with excess body fat are staggering

–       49% of endometrial cancers

–       35% of esophageal cancers

–       28% of pancreatic cancers

–       24% of kidney cancers

–       21% of gallbladder cancers

–       17% of breast cancers

–       9% of colorectal cancers

Laurence Kolonel, MD, PhD, Deputy Director of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii and AICR/WCRF expert panel member, presented these figures after reviewing evidence for cancer risk.

Excess body fat lowers immune function and increases the oxidative process which can lead to DNA damage

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