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Cancers of the food pipe in Britain have doubled in men over 25 years, figures from Cancer Research UK show. However, over the same period - 1983 to 2007 - cases in women only rose by 8%.
Researchers said the gender contrast in oesophageal cancer rates could be largely explained by the way men put weight on - as "beer bellies" - as well as genetic differences. Men are also likely to have poorer diets, eating more fatty foods and lower amounts of fruit and vegetables.
"Being overweight significantly increases the risk ”
-Professor Janusz Jankowski Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Oesophageal cancer is the ninth most common cancer in the UK. It is one of the most difficult cancers to detect and treat, with only 8% surviving for five years or more. The risk of developing the disease increases with age.
In 1983, about 2,600 men were diagnosed with oesophageal cancer (9.6 in every 100,000 men). Latest figures show 5,100 men (14.4 in every 100,000) were diagnosed with the disease in 2007.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11108218Cancers of the food pipe in Britain have doubled in men over 25 years, figures from... more
Here’s some hard evidence that fat people are discriminated against: A nail salon charged $5 extra on a customer’s bill for a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch at a nail salon because she’s obese. Michelle Fonville was paying her bill at Natural Nails in DeKalb County, Georgia, when she noticed an extra charge. The nail salon owner, Kim Tran, told her it was because she’s overweight and she was charging extra in case Fonville caused damage to the salon’s chairs she’d been sitting on. Bitch, please! Even if Fonville was too overweight for the salon chairs, you can’t just tack an extra charge on someone’s bill arbitrarily. (Otherwise we’d all be getting weird charges tacked onto our bills.) This incident sounds more like a case of “we’re charging you more to dissuade people like you not from coming back” to me.
http://www.thefrisky.com/post/246-nail-salon-charges-fat-woman-an-extra-5/#When:16:30:16ZHere’s some hard evidence that fat people are discriminated against: A nail... more
Getting your kids to not eat fast food may have just gotten a whole lot easier in San Francisco. No more happy meals.
They’re not planning to ban the meal as much as the toy that comes with it, but really…the toy is what makes the happy meal. The government there feels that toys are used as incentives to get children to want more kids’ meals and are contributing to childhood obesity.
Happy meal = Toy = “MOM! I WANT A HAPPY MEAL!”
Sound familiar? How could the children possibly live without completing the set of kids’ meal toys? It would be such a shame to have Homer, Marge, Lisa and Maggie with no Bart Simpson.
http://eatdrinkbetter.com/2010/08/12/san-francisco-moving-to-ban-happy-meals/Getting your kids to not eat fast food may have just gotten a whole lot easier in San... more
WHACKO-TV's Dr. Nancy Fingerman is very interested in helping solve the obesity problem in America. While he seems to always find new products to endorse along the way, we assume he does it for the common good. Whatever that means?WHACKO-TV's Dr. Nancy Fingerman is very interested in helping solve the obesity... more
Growing levels of obesity are seeing some girls start puberty as young as seven, studies show.
Experts say the extra fat tissue is encouraging young bodies to produce hormones which kickstart sexual changes.
link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1301618/Girls-starting-puberty-earlier-obesity-blame-say-experts.htmlGrowing levels of obesity are seeing some girls start puberty as young as seven,... more
In February of this year, First Lady Michelle Obama presented her ambitious Let’s Move campaign to battle the terrifying childhood obesity epidemic. Lady Obama was inspired not only from her family and children’s lifestyle, but also by some startling obesity statistics that have been gathered by medical researchers over the past thirty years.In February of this year, First Lady Michelle Obama presented her ambitious... more
The environment affects our health as well as obesity and stress. In these 40 updated Web apps and infographics about local, regional and national health, you can learn more about these topics and how they might affect you in your neck of the woods.
link :http://onlinemha.com/2010/how-healthy-is-your-city-state-or-country-40-web-apps-infographics-to-find-out/The environment affects our health as well as obesity and stress. In these 40 updated... more
Government Intrusion..."Hey Fatty, Put Down the Big Mac!" Orders From Your Fearless Leader, This Is More Priceless Than Anything I could Make UpGovernment Wants Your Individual Obesity Rating By 2014Submitted by KC Kelly Ph.D. on 2010-07-16
All Americans, by 2014 will be required to have an individual obesity rating electronically recorded. It has been determined that under the new health stimulus law passed by President Barack Obama recently, that all Americans, by 2014, will be required to have electronic health records which will include their height, weight and body mass index
http://www.huliq.com/10017/government-wants-your-individual-obesity-rating-2014Government Wants Your Individual Obesity Rating By 2014Submitted by KC Kelly Ph.D. on... more
Many consider obesity in America a true public health risk, due to the diseases connected to obesity, as well as the costs associated with obesity. Here are 25 enlightening studies and infographics about obesity in America.
link :http://masterofhealthadministration.com/2010/25-enlightening-studies-and-infographics-on-obesity-in-america/Many consider obesity in America a true public health risk, due to the diseases... more
Shrek, Dora the Explorer, and other animated TV and movie stars beloved by children have been moonlighting as junk-food pitchmen in recent years. And they're good at it.
Fifty percent of children say that food from a package decorated with a cartoon celebrity such as Shrek tastes better than the same exact food from a plain package, according to a new study.
And when given a choice, the vast majority of kids pick the food from the cartoon-adorned package as a snack, the study found.
The use of TV and movie characters on food packaging is "designed to access certain feelings, memories, and associations," says Dr. Thomas Robinson, M.D., a professor of child health at the Stanford University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the study. "If you associate certain products with things that are otherwise considered fun, it's going to make those products seem more desirable."
Cartoon characters tend to appear on junk food, which makes health experts even more concerned about the magnetic effect they have on kids. Although characters such as Dora and SpongeBob SquarePants have been used to market fruits and vegetables, they are most often used on chips, candy, and other unhealthy snacks. SpongeBob has even hawked Kentucky Fried Chicken.
"Parents may not set out to buy unhealthy products," says the lead author of the study, Christina Roberto, M.S., a doctoral student at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, in New Haven, Connecticut. "But kids can be really, really persuasive. They see them and they want them, and it gets difficult to have that battle in the grocery store."
Characters from TV and movies have appeared on food products for years, but until now little research has been done to examine how they influence children's food choices.
In the study, which is published this week in the journal Pediatrics, Roberto and her colleagues presented 40 children ages 4 to 6 with paired samples of graham crackers, gummy fruit snacks, and baby carrots. Each pair of sample foods was identical down to the clear packaging, except that one of the packages had a sticker of Shrek, Dora the Explorer, or Scooby Doo on it.
Between 50 percent and 55 percent of the children said that the food with the sticker on it tasted better than the same food in the plain package. (The percentage varied with each food.) And between 73 percent and 85 percent selected the food in the character packaging as the one they'd prefer to eat as a snack.
"Marketers know that cartoon characters sell food products; that's why they use them," says Marion Nestle, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University. "This study really nails it down. Now we have evidence for asking--no, requiring--food marketers to stop using cartoons to market junk foods to kids."
The American Psychological Association and other organizations have likewise called for the elimination of all marketing of food products to children, a stance that Robinson says is reasonable.
"Young children, particularly under the age of 7 or 8, really don't understand the persuasive intent of marketing," he says. "That seems inherently unfair, and something we should protect children from, just like we protect them from other things we think are beyond their cognitive ability, like pornography."
Using the power of cartoon characters for good--to market healthy foods--may be less effective than restrictions on junk-food marketing, Roberto says. The cartoon characters had the least influence on children's preferences when they were on the package of baby carrots, she notes.
"It might be that they're not used to seeing [the characters] on vegetables," Roberto says. Or it might be that kids already know that "a carrot is a carrot is a carrot," she adds, whereas they're not sure how a specific brand of graham cracker or gummy snack will taste.
Food and beverage companies in the U.S. spend more than $1.6 billion each year to attract children's attention, and 13 percent of that is spent on character licensing and similar cross-promotion efforts, according to Federal Trade Commission data cited in the study.
But the calls for reform have had some impact. The use of licensed characters on food products declined between 2006 and 2008, according to research conducted by the Rudd Center.
"It's good to see the voluntary work on this," says Roberto. "But we'd like to see more."Shrek, Dora the Explorer, and other animated TV and movie stars beloved by children... more
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is fond of saying, “You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid.” Well, the Obama Administration certainly has not let the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon oil rig crisis go to waste, using it as a smokescreen to silently assault and further diminish American citizens’ personal freedom.
While the nation has its eyes and ears focused on the blame game ping-pong match between President Obama and BP top brass, President Obama on Thursday, June 10, quietly announced a new Executive Order establishing the “National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council.”
Claiming the “authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,” President Obama has truly gone off the deep end this time in his most atrocious attempt to date to control every aspect of Americans’ lives.
According to Sec. 5. of the Executive Order that details the President’s “National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy,” the Council will be charged with carrying out “lifestyle behavior modification” among American citizens that do not exhibit “healthy behavior.”
The President’s desired lifestyle behavior modifications focus on:
* smoking cessation;
* proper nutrition;
* appropriate exercise;
* mental health;
* behavioral health;
* sedentary behavior;
* substance-use disorder; and
* domestic violence screenings.
Making matters even worse, if that is even possible at this point, President Obama will create an “Advisory Group” composed of experts hand-picked from the public health field and various other areas of expertise “outside the Federal Government.”
Let’s consider who the President has sought advice and mentoring from in the past:
* Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who the Anti-Defamation League calls a “Messenger of Intolerance,” and
* Bill Ayers, leader of the 1960′s domestic terrorist group ”Weatherman” that was “responsible for 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S.”
Now, President Obama is going to seek medical advisors who will be charged with modifying lifestyles and behaviors of those citizens he deems unhealthy? “Paging Dr. Kevorkian! You’re wanted in the White House STAT by President Obama!”
Whether you are a child, a parent, a worker, or retired, the President’s approximately 25-member “Advisory Group” will soon be present in every aspect of Americans’ lives, as the Executive Order prescribes. Specifically, our new so-called lifestyle behavior modification advisors will be actively carrying out the President’s orders in:
* worksite health promotion;
* community services, including community health centers;
* preventive medicine;
* health coaching;
* public health education;
* geriatrics; and
* rehabilitation medicine.
President Obama’s sweeping plan to enforce “lifestyle behavior modification” is chock full of open-ended target areas, especially when it comes to issues of “mental” and “behavioral” health, “proper nutrition,” “sedentary behavior,” and “appropriate exercise.” The President’s Executive Order is a blatant and forceful attempt to adjust the way Americans young and old think, behave, eat, drink and whatever else free will used to entitle our nation’s citizens to enjoy as prescribed by the Founding Fathers.
If you are feeling stressed-out, sad, confused, hungry, thirsty, bored, or tired, do you honestly trust President Obama and his “Advisory Group” to act in your best interests?White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is fond of saying, “You don’t ever... more
As Americans have grown fatter over the last generation, inviting more heart disease, diabetes and premature deaths, all that extra weight has also become a burden in the maternity ward, where babies take their first breath of life.
link : http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/health/06obese.html?ref=healthAs Americans have grown fatter over the last generation, inviting more heart disease,... more
UC Davis in the Sacramento regional area is researching super foods. Scientists call these foods
:http://www.examiner.com/x-7160-Sacramento-Nutrition-Examiner~y2010m6d6-Scientists-study-how-super-foods-may-fight-obesity-possibly-caused-by-bacteria-or-virus-infectionsUC Davis in the Sacramento regional area is researching super foods. Scientists call... more
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
I strongly believe that one of the most obvious clues about the danger of GMO foods are that just about EVERY species of animal that is offered a GMO food versus a non-GMO food will avoid the GMO one. Many times they will do this to the point of starvation, as they have an intuitive sense of the danger of this food.
Please listen to the interview as Jeffery expands on this point in great detail. It's one you can use to effectively share with your friends and family who are not yet convinced of the dangers of GMO foods.
If you have more time with them you can bring up the sterility argument that is expanded upon with these new research findings. You might have read this before that genetically modified foods may cause sterility in future generations but now the latest research from Russia provides shocking confirmation of this potential.
This study, which was conducted by the Russian equivalent of the US National Association for Gene Security, has not yet been published, but its findings were recently announced. It's anticipated that the details will be published later this summer.
Russian Scientists Find Third Generation of Hamsters Sterilized by GM Soy
The release of this new information provides yet another health risk, and confirmation on earlier problems related to fertility, birth weight of offspring, and infant mortality.
In this feeding study they used hamsters, an animal which has not been previously featured in GM safety studies.
One group of hamsters was fed a normal diet without any soy whatsoever, a second group was fed non-GMO soy, a third ate GM soy, and a fourth group ate an even higher amount of GM soy than the third.
Using the same genetically modified (GM) soy that is produced on over 90 percent of the soy acreage in the US, the hamsters and their offspring were fed their respective diets over a period of two years, during which time the researchers evaluated three generations of hamsters.
First they took five pairs of hamsters from each group, each of which produced about seven to eight litters each, totaling about 140 animals.
At first all went well, but serious problems became apparent when they selected new pairs from the offspring.
The first problem was that this second generation had a slower growth rate and reached their sexual maturity later than normal.
more at link...Dr. Mercola's Comments: I strongly believe that one of the most obvious clues... more
As Americans have grown fatter over the last generation, inviting more heart disease, diabetes and premature deaths, all that extra weight has also become a burden in the maternity ward.
About one in five women are obese when they become pregnant, meaning they have a body mass index of at least 30, as would a 5-foot-5 woman weighing 180 pounds, according to researchers with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And growing medical evidence suggests that obesity might be contributing to record-high rates of Caesarean sections and leading to more birth defects and deaths for mothers and babies.
Studies have shown that babies born to obese women are nearly three times as likely to die within the first month of birth than women of normal weight, and that obese women are almost twice as likely to have a stillbirth.
Obese women are also more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, anesthesia complications, hemorrhage, blood clots and strokes during pregnancy and childbirth, data shows.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/health/06obese.html?hpAs Americans have grown fatter over the last generation, inviting more heart disease,... more
Cold Turkey, Obesity and Sterilization
“Temperature’s rising Fever is high Can’t see no future Can’t see no sky My feet are so heavy So is my head I wish I was a baby I wish I was dead Cold turkey has got me on the run My body is aching Goose-pimple bone Can’t see no body Leave me alone My eyes are wide open Can’t get to sleep One thing I’m sure of I’m in at the deep freeze Cold turkey has got me on the run Cold turkey has got me on the run Thirty-six hours Rolling in pain Praying to someone Free me again Oh I’ll be a good boy Please make me well I promise you anything Get me out of this hell Cold turkey has got me on the run Oh, oh, oh, oh.” Lyrics by John Lennon.
“Cold Turkey” describes the actions of a person who gives up a habit or addiction all at once — that is, rather than gradually easing the process through reduction or by using replacement medication.
A substance that is becoming increasingly addictive is food. We know this because obesity has become a growing concern among both genders and all age groups in the U.S...... Read full article at Heroin and Cornflakes... http://arch1design.com/blog/?p=8079Cold Turkey, Obesity and Sterilization “Temperature’s rising Fever is... more
N'aaw a kookaburra got too fat after being fed sausages at BBQs in Sydney. According to the Metro, a local resident rescued the fat bird after seeing it being chased by dogs on the ground. Now the 565 grams (1.2 pounds) bird is at a zoo and is being dieted gym style,
"the bird will also undergo a rigorous exercise regime as many as three times a day with a personal trainer. 'We've fitted the temporary home out like a "bird gym",' added Watkinson."-MetroN'aaw a kookaburra got too fat after being fed sausages at BBQs in Sydney.... more
Washington - — First lady Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity received a boost Tuesday when the government issued its road map for tackling the problem, including encouraging more women to breast-feed.
The report recommends 70 specific steps that all levels of government, the private sector, schools, parents and others can take.
Michelle Obama has said her goal is to solve the problem within a generation so that babies born today can come of age at a healthy weight.
Higher risk of illness
One in 3 American children is overweight or obese, increasing the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses, and contributing to high health care costs. Some public experts say children today are on track to live shorter lives than their parents.
The recommendations touch on all parts of the Let's Move anti-obesity campaign the first lady started this year, including giving information to caregivers, serving more healthful food in schools, making healthful food cheaper and more available, and getting children to exercise more.
The first lady has spoken publicly about many of the recommendations.
"We know we have the tools. We know we have the resources to make this happen," she said. "And now ... we have a road map."
The report set 2030 as a benchmark, saying her goal of reversing the epidemic could be achieved if rates fall to 5 percent by then.
In emphasizing prenatal care to get children off to a healthy start, the report says a woman's weight before pregnancy and her weight gain while pregnant are important factors that determine childhood obesity. Studies have found that about 1 in 5 children is overweight or obese by age 6, and that more than half of obese children become overweight before age 2.
The report recommends that women be at a healthy weight at conception and that they avoid excess weight gain during pregnancy. The report also stressed the benefits of breast-feeding; studies have found that babies fed this way are 22 percent less likely to become obese.
Other recommendations call for:
-- Restaurants to consider portion sizes and begin posting calorie information as the new health care law requires.Washington - — First lady Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood... more
Many people may find a new and disturbing trend presented by childhood obesity. The numbers are staggering, showing that childhood obesity has become a nationwide epidemic.
link : http://lvntobsn.org/2010/33-mind-boggling-stats-about-childhood-obesity/Many people may find a new and disturbing trend presented by childhood obesity. The... more