Shocking New Implantable Weight-Loss Device

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Do you want an “easy” way to lose weight? A new device has been approved in the US. It’s a kind of pacemaker with electrodes to the upper part of the stomach. It will signal that the stomach is full… and people will lose weight:

CBS News: FDA approves new kind of device to treat obesity

In the company’s studies subjects with the implant lost slightly more than others. Side effects may include…. nausea, vomiting, heartburn and difficulty swallowing.

Admittedly it’s great with less extreme surgical procedures against obesity than cutting away healthy organs (regular bariatric surgery). But you have to wonder if this isn’t just another desperate emergency measure, that doesn’t address the real cause of the obesity epidemic. It’s of course not caused by a lack of electrodes in our stomachs.

mcDAs an almost too good irony the CBC News video clip starts with an ad. The two I’ve seen were for “cholesterol-lowering” wheat-based cereal and over-sized McDonald’s meals.

If I ate like that perhaps I too would need stomach electrodes to maintain my weight. Perhaps one could get a pair with a future Happy Meal?

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World’s Biggest LCHF Health Summit Coming!

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This is going to be exciting. Late next month (20-22 February), the world’s biggest summit on LCHF diets and health will take place.

The meeting is in Cape Town, South Africa where such food has become extremely popular in recent years. This after the legendary professor of exercise and sports medicine Tim Noakes attracted much attention in the country with his complete about-face in recommending such food – not only for weight loss and diabetes but also for many endurance athletes.

The gathering of the world’s foremost experts on low-carbohydrate diets is perhaps the biggest ever (with competition only in recent years with ASBP/NMS meetings in the US). I’m in it too:

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Do you want to combine a holiday from winter in summer-warm and wonderful Cape Town with learning more about health and weight? Then this conference is for you.

The first two days are primarily directed towards professional health workers – such as physicians, researchers, nurses – while the last day is clearly directed at the public. This means that there will be more medical jargon during the first two days. If you’re fine with that you’re of course welcome during those days too.

Read more about the summit and the program

Those who don’t want to go all the way to Cape Town will of course see plenty of reports from the summit here at Diet Doctor.

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What Is More Dangerous – Inactivity, Obesity or Something Else?

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The cause of health problems, or a symptom?

Is it more dangerous to be lazy than to be fat? The media reports on a major new European study with the usual simple and hasty conclusion. Here’s a typical example:

BBC: Inactivity “kills more than obesity”

The truth is not that simple. Asking what is worse, laziness or obesity, is the wrong question and mostly leads to prejudice. Understanding the real problem can provide an effective solution and improve the lives of many.

The study is large, but of the usual, simple and relatively cheap kind. It’s a questionnaire study about physical activity among about 300,000 Europeans, combined with measuring their weight and waist circumferences.

The result is that the quarter who reported significant inactivity – less than, say, a 20-minute walk every day – on average die slightly younger. This compared to people moving at least 20 minutes daily. For those who move more than that, no clear improvement was seen.

Media immediately jumps to the obvious, but far from proven explanation: that inactivity LEADS TO health problems. But this is just statistics from a survey, we can’t tell the cause. The opposite explanation is just as possible: that people with health problems move less than others.

For who would definitely want to leave the couch, chair or bed less than 20 minutes per day? Sick people, depressed people, people with severe obesity, people with disabling pain conditions, people who expose themselves to starvation dieting, people who are not feeling well.

If these people on average live shorter lives, it should not come as a surprise to anyone and we can’t hastily blame the multifaceted problems on inactivity alone.

Conclusion

Of course it’s a good idea to move more than 20 minutes per day, but nothing indicates that this is the right place to start for everyone.

If you really don’t want to move there may be another problem to tackle first. Perhaps a diet change, weight loss, health improvement or better sleep is what is needed in order to make you feel good and get enough energy that you’ll want to move… a lot more.

The truth is that you can start at any point you wish, but the positive effects then tend to spread. Good luck!

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Reduced Soda Consumption Forces Coca-Cola to Cut Thousands of Jobs

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Good news! For every year that passes, fewer and fewer people are drinking soda and now it’s starting to hurt the soda giants.

The biggest one, Coca-Cola, has until now managed by just for example cutting back on their advertising. But now they have to let thousands go.

NYT: Coca-Cola to Cut Up to 1,800 Jobs

It’s always sad when people lose their jobs. But hopefully they can find something better than pushing sugar water – that fewer and fewer want – in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

Soda drinking is not only bad for weight, teeth and health. It has also become deeply unfashionable.

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