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TV Ads Contribute to Childhood Obesity, Economists Say

Published: November 20, 2008

Banning fast food advertisements from children’s television programs would reduce the number of overweight children in the U.S. by 18 percent and decrease the number of overweight teens by 14 percent, economists have estimated in a new study.

The researchers used several statistical models to link obesity rates to the amount of time spent viewing fast food advertising, finding that viewing more fast food commercials on television raises the risk of obesity in children. The study appears in this month’s issue of The Journal of Law and Economics.

“There is not a lot of evidence that overweight kids are more likely to watch TV than other kids,” said Michael Grossman, professor of economics at the City University of New York. “We’re arguing the causality is how many messages are aired — seeing more of these messages is leading people to put on weight.” The study’s co-authors are Shin-Yi Chou, an economist at Lehigh College, and Inas Rashad, an economist at Georgia State University.

But the researchers’ estimate relies on older data gathered in the late 1990s, according to Elaine Kolish, a spokesman for the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Since then, two of the largest fast food chains — Burger King and McDonald’s — and more than a dozen other packaged food companies have signed on to the council’s Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, she said, pledging to advertise only their healthier products to children under age 12….read more here..

Low Carb Diets Good For Overweight Diabetics-

This study may help re-popularize the Atkins diet, which can  be a good diet for those trying to regulate their blood sugars.  However, it is usually difficult to do for more than a few weeks.  As a result, the South Beach Diet may be a good alternative since it is high protein for the first 2 weeks then allows higher amount of carbohydrates.


By Joene HendryWed

Overweight people with type 2 diabetes can keep their weight and blood sugar under control over the long term by following a low-carbohydrate diet, Swedish researchers report.

“It is indeed possible to have a lasting success in the treatment of some of these patients,” Dr. Jorgen Vesti Nielsen told Reuters Health.

The participants in the study limited their carbohydrate intake to 20 percent of total calories. The most significant effect of this low-carb diet is the absence of hunger, Nielsen added.

The consequent reduction in food intake allows the body to use its own stores of fat for fuel, which results in weight reduction, explained Nielsen, from the Blekingesjukhuset diabetes clinic, in Karlshamn, Sweden.

Moreover, avoiding starch-rich bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, and breakfast cereals, and limiting carbohydrate intake to 80 to 90 grams a day primarily from vegetables, salad, and crisp bread, also minimizes the glucose spikes that make it necessary for people with diabetes to take insulin, Nielsen said.

Nielsen and colleagues had previously reported superior weight loss and glucose control over a 22-month period among 16 obese patients with diabetes who followed a low-carbohydrate diet compared with 15 similar patients following a diet containing 55 to 60 percent of energy from carbohydrates.

In their current study, in the BioMed Central journal Nutrition and Metabolism, Nielsen’s group reports 44 months of follow up data.

“Of the 16 patients, five have retained or reduced bodyweight since the 22 month point and all but one have lower weight at 44 months than at start,” the investigators report. Furthermore, glucose levels dropped soon after starting the diet and have stayed down over the 44 month period.

“Advice to obese patients with type 2 diabetes to follow a 20% carbohydrate diet with some caloric restriction has a lasting effect on bodyweight and glycemic control,” the investigators conclude.

SOURCE: Nutrition and Metabolism, May 2008

US Obesity Rates Very High

U.S. obesity rates alarmingly high

By Megan Rauscher

New research shows “alarming levels” of obesity in most ethnic groups in the United States, principal investigator Dr. Gregory L. Burke, of Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina told Reuters Health. The study also confirms the potentially deadly toll obesity exacts on the heart and blood vessels.

“The obesity epidemic has the potential to reduce further gains in U.S. life expectancy, largely through an effect on cardiovascular disease mortality (death),” Burke and colleagues warn in the latest issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

Among 6,814 middle-age or older adults participating in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, or “MESA” study, researchers found that more than two thirds of white, African American and Hispanic participants were overweight and one third to one half were obese.

Obesity rates were far lower in Chinese Americans in the study, with 33 percent overweight and just 5 percent obese, suggesting, Burke said, that high rates of obesity should not considered “inevitable.”

The investigators also found that obese adults, compared with normal-weight adults, had higher rates of high blood pressure (up to more than twice as high), abnormal lipids (two- to three-fold higher), and diabetes, despite a “huge number” being on costly medications to lower blood pressure and lipid levels and control diabetes, Burke said.

“As the obesity numbers increase further, we will spend an even larger amount of health care dollars just treating risk factors,” Burke said.

Obese adults also had more silent vascular disease (blood vessel disease that causes no symptoms); they had more atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and thicker heart walls, even after adjusting for “traditional” risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.

Given the higher amount of silent blood vessel disease with obesity, Burke said “one could worry that this will cause us to reverse our 50-year decline in cardiovascular disease mortality due to the obesity epidemic.” This will likely be accompanied by an increase in diabetes, other heart disease risk factors, and silent disease – “on top of the aging of the baby boom generation.”

“Our findings support the imperative to redouble our efforts to assist in increasing healthy behaviors and to remove…barriers to maintaining a healthy weight,” Burke and colleagues conclude.

SOURCE: Archives of Internal Medicine, May 12, 2008.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) bad for health and cause of obesity

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)  should be avoided at all cost! I challenge everyone who reads this to try  for 1 week to avoid any food  with the ingredient: high fructose corn syrup.

You will be shocked at how difficult this is. Examine your children’s food’s and you will be shocked at how many foods have high fructose corn syrup.   HFCS is the main reason our kids are overweight and obese and on their way to becoming diabetics.  In addition, lack of exercise and too many video games don’t help. 

The following is a partial list of some common drinks, for both kids and adults, which are loaded with HFCS. When present, losing weight will be almost impossible to lose.

Common Beverages  with (HFCS) high fructose corn syrup- (taken from accidentalhedonist)

A&W Root Beer
Capri-Sun Iced Tea
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Fruit Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Grape
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Lemonade
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Mountain Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Orange
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Pacific Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Red Berry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Splash Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Strawberry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Surfer Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Tropical Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Wild Cherry
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Orange Dragonfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Rasberry Passionfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Tropical Fruit
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Berry Ice
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Clear Cherry Chill
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Light Speed Lemon Lime
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Orange Edge
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Thunder Punch
Coca-Cola (Coke)
Darigold Chocolate Milk
Hanson’s All-Natural Soda (all flavors)
Hanson’s Tonic Water
Jones Soda
Newman’s Own Pink Lemonade
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Snapple -Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink
Starbucks’ Frappuccino
Thomas Kemper Soda’s
Tropicana OrangeAde
Tropicana Smoothies
Village Lemonade

Too Much Fructose Could Leave Dieters Sugar Shocked

ScienceDaily (2007-12-14) — Dieters should focus on limiting the amount of fructose they eat instead of cutting out starchy foods such as bread, rice and potatoes, report researchers, who propose using new dietary guidelines based on fructose to gauge how healthy foods are. … > read full article