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“The Government’s Carb-Heavy Healthy Eating Guide Could Be CAUSING Obesity”

eatwellplate2In March the latest version of the official UK Eatwell Guide was publicized, recommending people to base their meals on bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Dietary expert Dr. Zoe Harcombe has this to say:

I would call this the “EatBadly” plate rather than the “EatWell” plate.

The Government’s most recent recommendations could lead to both weight gain and type 2 diabetes according to Dr. Harcombe. And she points out that there is no credible evidence supporting the Eatwell Guide.

On a side note almost half of the reference group that assisted in designing the graphic for the Eatwell plate were representatives of the food industry.

MailOnline: The Government’s carb-heavy healthy eating guide could be CAUSING obesity and type 2 diabetes, nutritionist claims

Prima: Healthy eating guidelines come under fire again

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Have Obesity-Related Diseases Begun to Shorten Life Expectancy in the US?

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Heading for a shorter life?

Have we reached an turning point in life expectancy due to the obesity epidemic? Professor David S. Ludwig at Harvard Medical School believes so, after reviewing recent statistics.

JAMA: Lifespan Weighted Down by Diet

Since children and adolescents are at much greater risk of developing modern day diseases such as obesity early on in their lives, even medical advancement will perhaps not ensure that coming generations live longer. They could be the first generation to have lower life expectancies than their parents.

Ludwig suggests that the public health approach towards obesity has been massively wrong, and that it has even contributed to the epidemic. The standard advice – “eat less and run more” – hasn’t worked, since it can lower our metabolism and increase our hunger.

So what’s Ludwig’s suggested alternative? By instead working with our biology and avoiding refined carbohydrates, we might avoid obesity and related diseases. And this could help our children live longer lives.

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Coffee Break at the European Obesity Summit

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People at obesity conferences are still clueless about their own subject. Here’s another example, from the recent European Obesity Summit (source).

Vanilla donuts? At an obesity conference? In what way is that different from handing out cigarettes at a cancer conference?

The worst thing is that this is par for the course. Most obesity experts are simply clueless about the true causes of obesity. Because a calorie is not a calorie. And eating vanilla donuts is not the same thing as eating broccoli.

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Baby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors Than Earlier Generations

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This is simply not OK:

The next generation of senior citizens will be sicker and costlier to the health care system over the next 14 years than previous generations, according to a new report from the United Health Foundation. We’re talking about you, baby boomers.

NPR: Baby Boomers Will Become Sicker Seniors Than Earlier Generations

There is no good reason why people should get more obese and diabetic. We have the knowledge to fix this problem, so let’s do it.

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Massive Headlines in the UK: Eat More Fat

Most of what we’ve been told about healthy eating is wrong – and we should be eating more fat. This according to a new report from a UK health charity. Clearly they are right.

The report resulted in lots of massive headlines in the UK today:

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Learn more about the Public Health Collaboration and their report here:

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PHC UK: Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

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Shocking Childhood Obesity Trends – and Still Going Up!

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Childhood obesity has been exploding all across the world in recent decades. Either kids everywhere suddenly decided to stop moving for no good reason or, perhaps, it has something to do with the simultaneous spread of junk food.

Just look at this awful chart:

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The only thing that didn’t look terrible was the apparent decrease in obesity in US kids in the last few years. But that fleeting hope did not last long.

A new study shows that childhood obesity rates are still rising in the US too – with a new record in the last few years.

Here’s what’s really interesting. Despite a massive focus on the childhood obesity problem, despite obsessing over calories, despite a first-lady-endorsed “Let’s Move” campaign, despite all this the problem is still getting worse.

So why is what we’re doing not working? To me the only reasonable answer is that we’re focusing on the wrong things. Obesity has never been caused by forgetting to count calories.

In the history of humankind kids have never counted calories… until we had an obesity epidemic. And kids never had to be told to exercise to keep thin, they always just played.

So how come kids used to be thin without any of these failed programs of today?

The answer is probably quite simple. This is not about the quantity of food available at meals. And it’s not about forced exercise. It never was. It’s about the quality of our food.

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The Truth About the Australian Sugar Paradox

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Is there an Australian sugar paradox? Did Australians – alone in the world – have an obesity epidemic while eating less sugar?

This is something that two Australian researchers have claimed. But as this great documentary tells us, that claim is highly doubtful. Australians are probably not unique in the world in their tolerance to sugar.

Instead the explanation to the researchers’ imaginative use of statistics is likely more mundane. Incompetence… or money… or both. Here’s the truth about the Australian sugar paradox.

ABC: Analysing the Australian Paradox: Experts Speak out About the Role of Sugar in Our Diets

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The China Diabetes Explosion

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How come people in Asia can eat a lot of white rice and stay thin and healthy? It’s a common question. But it’s wrong.

Asian people may have been eating white rice for many decades, but the fact is that they are NOT thin and healthy anymore. Instead, diabetes type 2 is exploding in China and India, and in China it is now more common than in the United States.

The rate of diabetes has skyrocketed in China, from less than one percent of the population in 1980 to now at least 10.6 percent.

SCMP: One in three of world’s adults with diabetes is in China, WHO reports

This massive problem is hidden when we look at weight by BMI. Asian people have a lighter build on average than Caucasians. When they hit BMI 23 they may still be considered “normal” weight by Western BMI standards, but they may be skinny fat, with abdominal obesity. And they may already have diabetes type 2.

This is what happens to a population that bases their diet on rice, when you first refine it to white rice and then add sugar and processed Western junk food and 24-hour food availability. And then add sedentary office jobs on top of that.

Lots of sugar into the body, very little sugar out. It’s a perfect recipe for a diabetes disaster.

The solution is fewer carbs, and less often.

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TWO Great Interviews About Sugar, with Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Is sugar worse than smoking and alcohol?

Jamie Oliver's been campaigning for a tax on sugary foods – but is sugar really that bad for you? Dr Aseem Malhotra talks to Marc Fennell and Jan Fran to answer: is sugar worse than smokes or booze?

Publicerat av The Feed SBS den 6 april 2016

 
Here’s not one, but two new great interviews about sugar, with Dr. Aseem Malhotra.

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“The Canada Food Guide Is Killing You”

Why did the obesity epidemic start when we were advised to eat less fat and more grains? More and more people are coming to the same conclusion: it’s not a coincidence. The same thing can be said about the skyrocketing levels of diabetes.

Here’s another great article on why we urgently need to change our food recommendations, to stop people from needlessly getting sick and dying:

National Post: The Canada Food Guide Is Killing You: ‘The Obesity Epidemic… Began with Our Dietary Guidelines’

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