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Author: DeadSeaLife
June 9, 2015

Laub SusieBy Susan Laub

Obesity Epidemic in America

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Nathan, Thanks for posting your thoughts about the problem of obesity in America…and I will repeat that morbid obesity is a serious health problem in our country. Being overweight is a condition that I can personally attest to as I was 40 pounds overweight in high school. Fortunately, for me, I was able to reach my ideal weight in college. But the psychological problems with being “fat” (not a politically-correct term) remain fresh in my mind. The low self esteem, feeling of being mocked, social isolation, depression – these are just a few of the problems that can occur, to say nothing about the health risks associated with the problem. I think that obesity is an illness, a problem that needs to be identified by the person who is overweight. Otherwise, we remain in a constant state of denial.

Perhaps the present efforts to “normalize” this problem (and even to exalt it) is a reaction to all the media that says, in order to be beautiful, you must be thin. Research has shown that the epidemic of anorexia in teenage girls is ostensibly due to the pressure felt during these years of “fitting in”, being “normal”. It is an attempt to also be beautiful and desirable. We have subsequently learned that the serious problems with anorexia have mostly to do with being in control and remaining small (a dependent child).

The pendulum has swung to the other end of saying and thinking that obesity is OK…it is not. All efforts to the contrary keeps the problem entrenched. There are two issues with the “normal” American diet, I believe, that perpetuate the problem. The first is our craving of sugar…carbohydrates that have little nutritional value and lots of calories. I’m not saying no carbs, I’m saying smaller portions. Our craving of sweets is like an addiction to anything…drugs, alcohol, cigarettes (another drug), gambling, sex, etc. When we experience pleasure, that pleasure-center in our brain is stimulated and we then want more, much more, of that same pleasure. Consequently, in order to achieve a healthy diet and pattern of eating, we must go through a period of “withdrawal”. This can be done…it just requires some patience and resolve.

The second problem has to do with our “normal” portions of food. We have successfully super-sized practically everything we eat; e.g., “all you can eat” diners and restaurants, 20 oz. sodas (with free refills) and carbs, carbs and carbs! A traveler from England was commenting on the things she liked and didn’t like about Chicago. She had heard about our larger portions before she arrived, but she couldn’t believe her eyes when she actually saw it. I think the food industry is also at fault for putting corn syrup in practically everything we eat. And, finally, I believe our problem with obesity must be addressed through education, poking at the denial we use to justify our bad habits and by closing our mouths!

About the author. 

I went off to college and, for the first time in my life, I felt that I was in control of my life. My mom, bless her heart, always tried to help me lose weight. But her methods enraged me…she would restrict me from eating what my sisters could eat, usually sweets and desserts. My family would have pie or ice cream for dessert and I would be served canned fruit cocktail. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate fruit cocktail…I hated being the only one who was different restricted, all the time.
So in college, I decided to impose my own restrictions when eating and I began to exercise. I did lose weight and I think subconsciously, I wanted to show my mother how I succeeded where she failed. My self-esteem and body image were the reason I chose to lose weight and clearly I wanted to manage it myself. I learned something that helped me when I became a parent…you can’t control the behavior of your children…all you can do is to help mold it and provide some direction.   Susie.

June 4, 2015

Paying the Price for Those Extra Pounds

“Excess weight harms health in many ways. It increases the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers, to name just a few, and reduces one’s life span. Treating obesity and obesity-related conditions costs billions of dollars a year. By one estimate, the U.S. spent $190 billion on obesity-related health care expenses in 2005—double previous estimates. (1) The enormity of this economic burden and the huge toll that excess weight takes on health and well-being are beginning to raise global political awareness that individuals, communities, states, nations, and international organizations must do more to stem the rising tide of obesity.” http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/obesity-prevention-source/obesity-consequences/economic/

Two extremes are equally bad.

Overweight and proud of it? Really? I think it is a convenient excuse to be lazy.

Yes, there are overweight people who are sick and just cannot loose weight.

But the majority just live and eat unhealthily and don’t have the drive to do something about being obese.

And these obese models are giving these lazy, overweight people a good excuse to do nothing about their problem.

Considering that we already have an obesity epidemic, promoting obesity as a norm contributes greatly to the problem.

 

 

Obese model

She is sick.

Both extremes are bad

Equally bad.

Americans are living large. Extra large. As in XXXXL large size. As in baby-powdered-thighs large. As in wheezing, heaving, bust-the-car-suspension large. Overweight has become the new normal and society is straining to accommodate our ever-expanding waistlines. We plant plush bottoms on wider seats in theaters and toilet stalls, drape ourselves in plus-sized clothing, even go to our eternal rest in broader coffins. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two-thirds of Americans are overweight and a third, some 72 million people, are considered obese. From 1980 to 2008, obesity rates doubled for adults and tripled for children, with 17 percent, or 9 million children over 6, classified as obese. http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2011-06-12/news/fl-overweight-new-normal-20110601_1_apparel-size-vanity-sizing-obesity-rates

And please don’t give these lame excuses like, “I love myself the way I am”. In my opinion if you love yourself you will take care of yourself. Why do you go to school, college, style your hair, buy nice clothes and shave your legs if you love yourself just the way you are? It is a known fact that overweight people get sick more often and die sooner. Is that how you love yourself? That you are willing to die sooner?

The only way to deal with a problem is to name it, to admit that you have a problem and to do one’s best to overcome, to defeat the problem. That’s what love means.

 

US Adult Obesity Rate Rises Again. https://www.yahoo.com/health/us-adult-obesity-rate-rises-again-109302297992.html
Walmart contributes to obesity.
Fat on the junk food.

Get up and walk! Skip the junk!

A new report puts some of the blame for Americans’ expanding waistlines on the growth of new Wal-Mart supercenters in the US.

“We live in an environment with increasingly cheap and readily available junk food,” Charles Courtemanche, an assistant professor of economics at Georgia State University and one of the report’s co-authors, told the Washington Post. “We buy in bulk. We tend to have more food around. It takes more and more discipline and self-control to not let that influence your weight.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/report-ties-wal-mart-to-american-obesity-2015-1#ixzz3QFJtbKg8

Matter of national security.

Obesity and national security.

US military of the future.

Mission: Readiness, an organization of retired military leaders, has reported that 27 percent of today’s young adults are too fat to serve in the military, causing concern about the strength of the nation’s future military. http://www.prb.org/Publica

http://www.prb.org/Publications/Articles/2013/us-obesity-military.aspx

The new data shows that if current trends continue, 43 percent of U.S. adults will be obese and obesity spending will quadruple to $344 billion by 2018. However, if obesity rates are instead held at current levels, the U.S. would save nearly $200 billion in health care costs. http://www.fightchronicdisease.org/media-center/releases/new-data-shows-obesity-costs-will-grow-344-billion-2018

World shifts focus to hidden hunger as global obesity expands.
The study’s authors emphasize that obesity and other derivatives of poor nutrition -- collectively termed "hidden hunger"-- have become increasingly important issues as traditional hunger has eroded. The ODI found increased consumption of meats, sugars, fats and oils across the globe and noted that “increasingly, the concern is less about macro-nutrition and more about micro-nutrition.” 
Food waste due to logistics

Lost in transition.

Food loss due in part to centralization and over eating.

In 2011, 1.3 billion tons of food, or about one third of all the food produced globally, was lost or wasted annually, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. In developed countries, the average person wastes about 100 kilograms of food every year.

Locally grown food would help.

Research shows that based on average weight gain through adulthood, 

people are consuming 20 to 30 per cent too many calories. So eating a healthier, more balanced diet would not only help tackle the obesity epidemic, it would also take as much as a third of the caloric demands out of the global food chain. http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/food-waste-overeating-threaten-global-security-1.2436729

Highly centralized distribution of products.

Above is just one example of our current economic model that is unsustainable.

So what is the solution?

Designing for quality of life defined by experiential and social wealth, not material wealth.” (Further Reading) We often define “quality of life” in terms of material consumption–something that it seems fairly clear will decline due to energy descent. But is material consumption really what gives our lives quality? Our current system is geared toward maximizing production and consumption–how can it be redesigned to instead maximize our health, our happiness, the vibrancy of our communities and other sources of true “quality” of life?” http://www.resilience.org/stories/2010-05-02/promise-decentralization-localization-and-scale-free-self-sufficiency

                  Technology can help.

3D printing.

As applications of technology expand and prices drop, the first big implication is that more goods will be manufactured at or close to their point of purchase or consumption. This might even mean household-level production of some things. (You’ll pay for raw materials and the IP–the software files for any designs you can’t find free on the web). Short of that, many goods that have relied on the scale efficiencies of large, centralized plants will be produced locally. Even if the per-unit production cost is higher, it will be more than offset by the elimination of shipping and of buffer inventories. Whereas cars today are made by just a few hundred factories around the world, they might one day be made in every metropolitan area. Parts could be made at dealerships, repair shops and assembly plants could eliminate the need for supply chain management by making components as needed. https://hbr.org/2013/03/3-d-printing-will-change-the-world

Power grids and local power production.

New technologies like micro-nuclear power generations and efficient and affordable solar energy.

New research in orbiting solar power stations.

Cars printed on demand locally.

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/01/31/3d-printing-news-worlds-first-3d-printing-car-fact.aspx

Please read more: Here is one of my articles about the new approach to a sustainable economic model based on new technology and new thinking of what makes us happy.

http://democracyinactionblog.com/?s=+sustainable+economic+model+

Instant Gratification

Author: Wiseman
January 11, 2014

Weight loss magic pills

Daily Wisdom

There is no fast and easy solution to loose weight.

I have an island to sell. Cheap.

The Federal Trade Commission has charged four companies with deceptive advertising related to their weight loss products. “Operation Failed Resolution,” as the FTC calls it, is an effort by the federal agency to crack down on companies’ misleading claims about products that allegedly help consumers slim down. http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/08/health/weight-loss-companies-fraud/

I am sounding like a broken record but I will repeat it again and again. You want easy and fast and painless weight loss? Get real! And you would be much better off donating the money you wasted on “miracle” weight loss crap to the hungry.

June 15, 2013

A List of 13 Popular Fad Diets

 

Obesity and pills

Face of America

The Grapefruit Diet
The Cabbage Soup
The 3-Day Diet
The 3-Hour Diet
Liquid Diets
The Sacred Heart Diet
Lemonade Diet
The Hollywood Diet
The Beverly Hills Diet
Tapeworm Diet
Negative Calorie Diet
Acai Berry Diet 
The HCG Diet

And yet Americans are getting fatter!

Healthy diet and prevention

Really?

The latest and the greatest news!

Strange Tropical Fruit Burns Average 17 Pounds in Clinical Study.

The Garcinia Cambogia Extract is the latest buzz in the “battle of the bulge”.  Since recently being studied on a popular doctor television show, millions of people are praising this so called “Holy Grail weight loss pill”.

New miracle product to loose weight while lying on the couch enjoying a Big Mac with beer.

So fat people in America!  No worries.  Now instead of eating less you can eat even more!  Just don’t forget to swallow the miracle pill.  Genius!

It is even easier than cutting out the stomach!

The problem is that in our super-fat country we will need the super supply of this super food to help 100 million fat Americans lose wait and destroy tropical forests in the process.

Instant gratification.  That is what drives America.

Headache – Advil or Aleve.  Just watch TV while enjoying your Big Mac.  You will get plenty of advise.

Healthy living.

Pills substitute.

Back pain – see above.

Depressed that your team lost?  Plenty of antidepressants available – see above.  Your TV has all the answers.

There is a pill for any problem!

E.D. – no worries.  Viagra and Cialis to the rescue of your manhood.

America –  the society addicted to instant gratification.

And who cares about the day after tomorrow!

And who has the last word:  Dr. Oz.  By promoting “miracle” foods like palm oil and Garcinia Cambogia, you inflict great damage to tropical forests and don’t help much by promoting instant miracle gratification.

March 27, 2013

Daily pleasures

Natural response to stress?

 

Adrenalin rush during stress

Response to stress

When we are faced with stress, our  adrenal gland release certain hormones, hormones that would give the body a burst of energy and strength. This response used to be beneficial, allowing our bodies to physically fight or run away when faced with danger. But in today’s society, this response acts much differently, taking place as a result of stressful days at the office or traffic jam. The response is supposed to return to normal once the perceived threat is gone, but if the body is unable to return to normalcy due to increased stress levels, it could have a negative effect  with symptoms including adrenal fatigue, suppressed thyroid function, an imbalance in blood sugar levels, and increased abdominal fat.

Some reports estimate that about 15 percent of the population suffers from the under active  Thyroid; other reports estimate more than twice that. Risk increases with age, particularly in menopausal women. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), the opposite of hypothyroidism, is considerably less common and is characterized by extreme nervousness and restlessness.

 

underactive thyroid

Under active thyroid

It is a known fact that iodine is your thyroid’s number one nutrient. The easiest way to get  iodine is to season your food with iodized sea salt. You can also eat marine plants, such as wakame and nori, which are high in iodine. Or you can take  supplements. It is suggested  getting 300 mcg of iodine daily for optimal thyroid health.

Almost as important is the amino acid L-tyrosine. Your thyroid uses tyrosine as the second primary nutrient, to make thyroid hormones. You can get it from protein-rich foods such as turkey breast, fish, cheese, yogurt, beef, beans (navy beans), tofu, nuts and seeds,or take it as a supplement. 500 mg a day is recommended for thyroid health.

Also, did you know that a well-known sleep secret is a thyroid protector? Melatonin is a sleep hormone, but it’s also an extremely powerful antioxidant

sleep and stress relief

Sleep and stress relief

that research shows can protect your thyroid from the effects of environmental toxins and metals.  But basically a good night sleep is good for you and is good for your Thyroid. Meditation and some stretching before bed time helps. Also light music and no TV.

Take natural supplements instead of drugs to help your body restore the Thyroid activity. One that I use is TLS® ACTS Adrenal, Cortisol, Thyroid & Stress Support Formula

Thyroid function

 

Yoga is beneficial for Thyroid

Yoga posture for thyroid health

 

Wellness not disease.

Hospital substitute.

Your thyroid uses the trace mineral iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to produce two primary thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine, known as T3, and thyroxine, known as T4. Both hormones are necessary for proper metabolic function. T4 is the most abundant thyroid hormone, accounting for 80 percent, while T3 accounts for 20 percent of the thyroid hormones in your body. Though T4 is more abundant, T3 is stronger and more active than T4.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/421323-healthy-thyroid-function/#ixzz2OITHldJT

For people with hypothyroidism, exercise can offer a natural antidote to symptoms such as weight gain, depression, muscle loss and low energy levels
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/321665-importance-of-exercise-with-thyroid-disease/#ixzz2Oa8j438n

Exercise and yoga may not actually cure an existing thyroid problem, but if you exercise and practice yoga you may not have to worry about thyroid dysfunction.

 In today’s society we cannot prevent all health problems. But we can prevent a lot if we try. Healthy life style is the best and the least expensive way to stay healthy and happy.

You knew you have to exercise, eat well and not eat too much. But did you ever consider breathing important for fitness and a slimmer self?

Healthy Breathing

Oxygen burns fat. Easy to understand. But enjoying the benefits of fat-burning breathing to maximum extent was hard- until recently. Thanks to the unique novelty product Breathslim, a small, mobile device that lets you naturally increase oxygen intake and faster burn off fat, the world of weight-loss is changed forever.

With ever-increasing billion dollar spending, a nation tries to combat excess kilos in countless manners. Still the pounds keep creeping up on us. The obesity epidemic is often called one of USA’s most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled from 15 to 30 percent since 1980, childhood obesity rates have even more than tripled.

In today’s world, it’s not easy to stay slim. If you tend to pack on pounds, trying to stay slim in the 21st century means inadvertently coming to a point of “Now I’ve seen it all.” Before losing weight, many dieters lose the faith in the good of mankind instead.

To loose weight is difficult. To maintain weight is even harder.

Damn scale!

Appalling numbers of weight-loss players seem to have come straight from the dark side. Fluffing people up with vibrating belts, sucking them out with needles and pumps and implanting them rubber rings are just extremes. The usual routine is regularly witnessed even among family and friends, putting people through psycho-biochemical roller coaster rides, hypnotizing and feeding them with sponges and preaching absurdities. They fill bookshelves and hobby garages and they empty wallets.

Sometimes weight is lost, but often enough to say price outweighed benefit is an understatement. The benefit is literally crushed, crumpled, utterly minimal, especially in the long-term.

It’s a huge business. Many times, effectiveness and even customer’s health is of no particular importance to malevolent merchants. Blinking packaging, psychologically enhanced marketing texts and lofty promises fill profit-pockets quicker than tested, simple designs like Breathslim, scientifically proven to work. Breathslim, which is exclusively available in the USA, costs less than three big pepperoni pizzas and has a whole array of health benefits attached. What’s the catch you might ask?

Breath Slim device

Breathing exercise.

I could admit that it looks a bit funny when you practice with it (but the breathing itself is very pleasant and regenerative). Exercise is necessary to become and stay slim. In order to be capable of doing exercise and be motivated enough, having energy and good respiratory functions is important.

If the body takes in enough oxygen and can fuel on the right amount of fresh and healthy food, we are at our best.

If you have ever practiced Yoga, you know how energizing breathing techniques can take you to a physical and intellectual high. For people who are not as adept in Yoga, Breathslim is a great option for optimizing your oxygen intake. Breathing into one of the small Breathslim cylinders is a little like blowing up a balloon, but less strenuous. Already twenty minutes before going to sleep is effective, as the pressure expands your Aeolia and you will enjoy better, calorie-burning sleep.

Oxygen absorption training.

Breathslim device

Breathslim can be also used supplementary during training and regular diet as an additional calorie-killing kick. The device was developed from equipment originally engineered to train swimmers in the former Soviet Union. Exhaling into the water-air chambers of Breathslim expands your lung in a completely safe way and will even let you be able to keep your breath longer after only 2 weeks of training (in addition to losing weight and the whole list of other benefits).

Try Breathslim today and oxidize your excess weight away in the course of only a few weeks.

By Joe Goerbert

July 7, 2011

Our good friends and neighbors love Diet Coke. I e-mailed them many articles about the harmful effects of sodas and diet sodas in particular-to no avail. They keep drinking the stuff. When I asked why they said they love it.

And we are talking about high cost of Medicare!

Diet soft drinks

Drink Water!

The main problem-people are uninformed or they don’t care. Here are results of yet another research. Diet soft drinks may have minimal calories, but they can still have a major impact on your waistline, according to two studies presented at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association in San Diego. Researchers at the Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio tracked 474 people, all 65 to 74 years old, for nearly a decade, measuring the subjects’ height, weight, waist circumference, and diet soft drink intake every 3.6 years. The waists of those who drank diet soft drinks grew 70 percent more than those who avoided the artificially sweetened stuff; people who drank two or more servings a day had waist-circumference increases that were five times larger than non-diet-soda consumers.

The findings are in line with those of a 2005 study, also conducted by researchers at the Texas Health Science Center, in which the chance of becoming overweight or obese increased with every diet soda consumed. “On average, for each diet soft drink our participants drank per day, they were 65 percent more likely to become overweight during the next seven to eight years, and 41 percent more likely to become obese,” said Sharon Fowler, who was a faculty associate in the division of clinical epidemiology in the Health Science Center’s department of medicine at the time.

But how does something with no calories cause weight gain? Turns out that even if our taste buds can’t tell the difference between real and fake sugar, our brains can. Another study, also presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting on Sunday, found that after three months of eating food laced with aspartame (which is also found in many diet soft drinks), mice had higher blood sugar levels than rodents who ate regular food. According to Fowler, who worked on all three studies and is now a researcher at UT Health Science Center at San Diego, the aspartame could trigger the appetite but do nothing to satisfy it. That could interfere with your body’s ability to tell when you’re full—and could lead you to eat more in general.

Aside from the health problems that go along with a widening waistline, diet soft drinks have also been linked to an increase in diabetes, heart attack, and stroke. One study of more than 2,500 people found that those “who drank diet soda daily had a 61 percent increased risk of cardiovascular events compared to those who drank no soda, even when accounting for smoking, physical activity, alcohol consumption and calories consumed per day,” ABC News reported in February. And a 2008 University of Minnesota study of nearly 10,000 adults ages 45 to 64 found that drinking a single can of diet soda a day led to a 34 percent higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a collection of health problems that includes high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and high levels of belly fat.

My advise: drink water or herbal teas. Forget sodas-diet or not diet. One interesting drink you can try is Celsius ®

February 28, 2011

Gett your fat butt off the couch

Fat and lazy

I think it is time to push americans a little harder toward helthier life style.

By using:
Tax incentives
Insurance premiums
Profiling for jobs like flight attendat, healthy foods stores and so on.
It costs the country too much to have so many fat and lazy people.
It does affect the economy.
It affects the national security.
We are becoming lazy fat and stupid.
Some Superpower!
That is if we want real freedom
Freedom from being sick
Freedom to have a full life
Freedom to being able to play with our kids and greandkids
Freedom to live longer
Freedom not to use medications
Freedom to keep the money for ourselves and not for big Pharma
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two prominent Republicans came to the defense of First Lady Michelle Obama, breaking ranks with some of their party’s top stars who have taken jabs at her campaign against obesity.
Mike Huckabee
“What Michelle Obama has proposed is that we recognize that we have a serious obesity crisis, which we do,” said Huckabee, who calls himself a “recovering foodaholic” who once weighed 300 lbs.
The former Arkansas governor pointed out that 75 percent of military age youths in the United States do not qualify for military service “because they’re either overweight or obese.
“That’s serious,” he said. “This is no longer just a health issue, an economic issue. It is becoming an issue of national security.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has called himself portly, also distanced himself from conservatives critical of the first lady’s efforts to encourage young Americans to stay fit and eat healthy foods.
“I think it’s a really good goal to encourage kids to eat better,” Christie stressed.
“I’ve struggled with my weight for 30 years. And it’s a struggle. And if a kid can avoid that in his adult years or her adult years, more power to them. And

Obesity epidemic

Obesity in kids

I think the first lady is speaking out well,” he added.

While “I don’t want the government deciding what you can and what you can’t eat. … I think Mrs. Obama being out there encouraging people in a positive way to eat well and to exercise and to be healthy, I don’t have a problem with that,” Christie added.
Childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in 30 years.
Today, one in three US children are overweight or obese, meaning they are more likely than their normal-weight peers to grow up to be obese adults at higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease.
In my opinion The country is anly as healthy as it’s citizens.

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