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‘Frightening’ Surge in Obesity-Related Disease Among Children

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A recent study by FAIR Health finds a ‘frightening’ spike in obesity-related disease among children.

The findings are “frightening,” Dr. Stephen Pont, a pediatrician and medical director of the childhood obesity center at Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas, told NPR News.

“The vast majority of kids should never have high blood pressure or diabetes or sleep apnea,” said Pont. “Now we’re seeing those consequences in kids. That will result in shorter lives and lower quality of life.”

Newsmax: Study: Sharp Spike in Obesity-Linked Diagnosis Among Kids, Teens

It is about time to recognize that what we’ve been doing for decades is just exacerbating problems with obesity, and truly hurting children.

Eating less and running more is rarely an effective long-term strategy – especially not for growing kids. What’s more important is the quality of the food we eat.

Kids with weight issues may be far better helped helped by real food, lower in refined carbs and sugar.

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NuSI, Kevin Hall and the Energy Balance Hypothesis – Q&A with Gary Taubes


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Why do we get fat – and what can we do about it? Conventional wisdom tells us that it’s all about eating less and running more. The problem is that this seldom works well.

Science journalist Gary Taubes has spent more than a decade on finding a better answer. His book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) became very influential and changed many people’s view on this. He’s now out with a new book called The Case Against Sugar. Here he answers questions related to obesity, sugar and low-carb diets.

In the highlight above Taubes talks about the highly controversial “Kevin Hall study“. A study that was funded by the non-profit NuSI, an organization that Taubes co-founded (transcript).

The full 20-minute video is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Q&A with Gary Taubes

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Why We Get Fat – and the Case Against Sugar


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Why do we get fat – and what can we do about it? Conventional wisdom tells us that it’s all about eating less and running more. The problem is that this seldom works well.

Science journalist Gary Taubes has spent more than a decade on finding a better answer. His book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) became very influential and changed many people’s view on this – including mine. And Taubes has just released a new fascinating book on the topic – The Case Against Sugar.

In this talk Taubes discusses his controversial theories and the criticism. Why do we get fat?

Watch a part of the presentation above (transcript). The full 47-minute talk is available (with captions and transcript) with a free trial or membership:

Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes

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A New Paradigm of Insulin Resistance

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What exactly is insulin resistance? One of insulin’s jobs is to help move glucose from the blood into the cells for energy. When blood glucose remains elevated despite normal or high levels of insulin, this is called insulin resistance. The cells are resisting insulin’s pleas to take up glucose. But why is this happening? What causes insulin resistance? Continue Reading →

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Number of Obese People in China Surpasses the US – Here’s Why

The number of obese people in China has now surpassed that of the US. This is a massive problem for the country, as obesity is linked to lifestyle-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Dr. Jason Fung talks about the likely reasons behind this disaster in the TV interview above.

CCTV America: Inside & Out: Number of Obese Population in China Surpasses the US

The main culprit is likely that people are swapping the traditional Chinese diet for junk food, as the availability of the latter has grown with China’s economic development.

So a big part of the solution is to go back to eating less processed carbs and instead focus on real food.

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Life Expectancy Falls in the US for the First Time in Decades

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According to a new report, life expectancy is falling in the US, for the first time in decades. The likely main reason is the obesity epidemic, which is behind the increase in heart disease, strokes, diabetes and arguably Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s time for the low-fat dietary advice to change, as it becomes clearer and clearer that it just isn’t working and might even promote disease.

At least for people with metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance – a large part of the population – it could be a great idea to start recommending a real-food low-carb diet. This could have the potential to combat all these lifestyle-related diseases that lead to early death and massive human suffering.

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Is Gary Taubes Vindicated?

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Gary Taubes, one of the true pioneers of LCHF and best-selling author of Good Calories, Bad Calories, was publically ridiculed in 2002 for writing that obesity isn’t about a caloric imbalance, and that fat is not dangerous.

Fourteen years later, Taubes is still somewhat of a heretic. However, slowly but surely, at least some of his ideas are entering the mainstream. Has Taubes even become vindicated? Here’s a new and interesting article on the topic by the man himself, about his experiences:

The Vindicated: ‘Nutrition Heretic’ Gary Taubes on the Long Road Back From a Big, Fat Public Shaming

To insist that obesity is caused by consuming too many calories is as inane as it would be to say that poverty, for instance, is caused by earning too little money. It confuses a description with an explanation and is [a] profoundly inexcusable error.

– Gary Taubes

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Obesity – Solving the Two-Compartment Problem

Calories in, calories out – it's not that simple

One of the major mistakes made by the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) hypothesis is the presumption that energy is stored in the body as a single compartment. They consider that all foods can be reduced to their caloric equivalent and then stored in a single compartment in the body (Calories In). The body then uses this energy for basal metabolism and exercise (Calories Out).

This model looks something like this:

1compartmentmodelAll energy is stored in that one compartment. However, this model is a known to be a complete fabrication. It does not exist except in the fevered imaginations of CICO zealots. Food energy is not stored in a single compartment, but two compartments (glycogen and body fat).

According to this incorrect model, simply reducing calories going in, or increasing the amount going out, reduces the amount of body energy stored as fat. Of course, this Eat Less, Move More (or Caloric Reduction as Primary) strategy has a known success rate of about 1% or a failure rate of roughly 99%. After all, we’ve all tried it. It just doesn’t work. Study after study proves the futility of this advice, based on a flawed understanding of physiology. This does not deter any of the medical or nutritional authorities to question the sagacity of their advice, though.

To better understand how energy is stored in the body, it is more accurate to use a two-compartment model. Continue Reading →

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What Causes Obesity?


4.8 out of 5 stars5 stars88%4 stars5%3 stars4%2 stars1%1 star1%93 ratings6,155 viewsWhat is the real cause of obesity? What causes weight gain?

It surely is not excess calories – that’s just a description of how people gain weight. It does not explain why, so it’s not helpful. Dr. Fung gets into the REAL cause in this presentation.

This talk has only been available for our members before (check out our free trial), but now everyone can watch it above.

Table of contents

  2:10  Why are there fat doctors?
  4:10  What causes weight gain?
10:15  The ultimate cause of obesity – the unspoken accusation
16:09  The biology of human starvation
18:55  Metabolic rate and calorie reduction
21:45  Not lack of willpower
24:05  The cruel hoax
26:00  Hormonal obesity
28:40  Insulin and weight gain
37:05  A new hope

Transcript

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Diabesity: Why Diabetes and Obesity Stem From the Same Problem

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The term diabesity is the unification of the words ‘diabetes’, referring to type 2, and ‘obesity’. It is a wonderful word because it is at once able to convey that they are truly one and the same disease. It is incredibly descriptive and evocative in the same way as the word ‘fugly’.

Strange as it may now sound, physicians did not always recognize this seemingly obvious and basic connection between type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Let’s go back in time to the year 1990. Grunge was taking over the music scene. Fanny packs were growing in popularity (gasp!) and not the sole domain of the middle-aged dad tourist. The mid 20’s actors of the hit TV show Beverly Hills 90210, pretending to be high school students, were totally fly, not just sad replicas of cool. Continue Reading →

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