Posted: September 24th, 2015 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: Chronic Obesity, Diabetes, Health, High Sugar Diet, OBESITY, Obesity Epidemic, Sugar, The Organic Gourmet, Weight Loss | Comments Off on REBLOG! What’s the Biggest Killer? DIET! Overtaking 3rd World Disease
25 years ago, in 1990, maternal and child malnutrition, unsafe drinking water and sanitation were the leading risks for death. Today, unsurprisingly, poor diet has overtaken third world problems as the biggest contributor to early death around the world.
According to new analysis from the leading authority on global disease diet is the second highest (clearly aside from age) killer.
Smoking cigarettes still carries the highest risk factor of premature death, followed by high blood pressure and obesity.
However, the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation – IMHE – says that a combination of dietary factors, from eating too few fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains to too much sodium and cholesterol, is taking a toll on health across the globe.
The IMHE’s study found that the largest contributor to early death globally is high blood pressure, in which age and family history partly play a roll, but so do obesity, smoking, excessive salt consumption, lack of exercise, and drinking large amounts of alcohol.
Noteworthy, alcohol is also one of the top 10 risk factors associated with the highest number of deaths for both men and women.
The study looked at 14 dietary risk factors. Cumulatively, unhealthy eating, including diets low in fruit, whole grains, and vegetables, and diets high in red meat and sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to more deaths than any other factor, causing ischemic heart disease, stroke and diabetes :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: January 12th, 2014 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: Health News, The Organic Gourmet | Tags: Australian Organic Gourmet, Chronic Obesity, Diabetes, Health News, Low Sugar Diet, OBESITY, Obesity Epidemic, Sugar, The Organic Gourmet | Comments Off on Australia’s War on Sugar
In Australia the war on obesity is heating up, three major health organisations want a sugar tax on all sweetened beverages – not just soft drinks, but products like flavoured milk and sports drinks – to limit consumption and curb what is shaping up to be the nations biggest health problem.
However, Australia’s Food and Grocery Council – the body representing the food and beverage industry – is hitting back against health campaigns aimed at reducing sugar consumption, prompting critics to compare the industry’s position to that of tobacco companies fight against smoking decades ago.
In the UK a similar campaign ‘Action on Sugar’ has just launched, in the hope of reversing the obesity epidemic by targeting the “huge and unnecessary amounts of sugar that are currently being added to our food and soft drinks”. The campaign’s expert advisors include heavyweights from the scientific and medical community.
Last month leaked draft guidelines from the World Health Organisation – WHO – suggested the organisation is considering halving the recommended daily intake of sugar from ten teaspoons to five. WHO’s “global strategy on diet” also says an unhealthy diet is a major risk factor for chronic disease and recommends reducing sugar intake to help prevent conditions like type 2 diabetes and dental problems :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: August 29th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: antibiotics, Asthma, Autism, Colitis, Human Gut Flora, Hygiene Hypothesis, Microbial Deprivation Hypothesis, Multiple Sclerosis, OBESITY, Vaccination | Comments Off on Microbial Deprivation! The Rise and Rise of Allergies
I consider myself a germaphobe, the thought of unseen creepy crawlies does serious damage to my mind, bleach is my best friend.
I’ve fallen in love with antibacterial wipes, vinegar, indeed anything that will KILL microbes on surfaces anyplace near me. I grow a huge smile every time I see Asian tourists strolling the streets in surgical face masks, are we overreacting?
It turns out I might be overreacting, scientists reckon that some germs are good? I must point out that Hygiene – as used in this post – has little relationship with ‘hygiene’ in the usual meaning of the word. The term ‘hygiene hypothesis’ is unfortunate, as it is misleading. A better term would be Microbial Deprivation Hypothesis.
Our immune systems are our single most important line of defense against infection.
The bacteria and germs that surround us, some of these microbes can be nasty, really nasty, causing food poisoning, colds, a variety of other infections as well as diseases. It is perhaps the ones inside that we need worry most about though, many researchers are now focusing on dysfunctional colonies of microbes within human beings for causes to disorders such as asthma, MS and autism.
Most however are innocuous, and new research is even indicating that some are healthy, beneficial :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 30th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: Get Out of the House, Hard Pill to Swallow, That Human Condition | Tags: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, BMI, Chronic Inactivity, Chronic Obesity, Couch Potato, David Dunstan, Dr Lennert Veerman, Eating Well, Fashion of Fat, Food Politics, Foreign Correspondent, Globesity, OBESITY, PloS Medicine, School of Population Health, Television, The Lancet, the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group, The Nutrition Transition Program, TV, University of Queensland, World Public Health Nutrition Association | Comments Off on Follow Us! We’re Fat…
I’ve been wondering for a while just how long it would take for Obesity to move from being a medical issue to a social one, it seems we are right now on that cusp. Obesity has had so much bad publicity – deservingly so – over the past 5 years that the obese are striking back, no longer satisfied with the social stigma, and often unable to lose the weight, the obese are becoming a large majority.
Fat activist Jackie Wykes recently posted a volatile question via theconversation.edu.au, asking How Anti Obesity Campaigns Re-inforce Stigma. Ms Wykes says “By focusing on weight as the problem and weight loss as the solution, social and economic inequalities are made invisible.” I’d reckon that in this country at least – and the world generally – supermarkets would disagree entirely, never have groceries – fresh included – ever been so inexpensive, there is literally NO excuse today for BAD EATING HABITS!
According to Ms Wykes, health disparities between groups are blamed on individuals for not making healthy choices, ignoring the ways that the choices available to comfortably middle-class white Australians are often very different to those available to people on low incomes, to recent immigrants, or to Indigenous Australians.
This rhetoric clearly scirts the issue – yes obese people have rights, more rights than drug addicts, less than breast cancer patients, and about the same as rights as smokers – in my mind the formula is pretty simple, EAT LESS! If you wish to make the argument complicated – it’s still diet based for the majority of obesity – then EAT CAREFULLY! :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: July 18th, 2012 | Author: M.Aaron Silverman | Filed under: Cankler Science News | Tags: Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Chronic Inactivity, Chronic Obesity, Couch Potato, David Dunstan, Dr Lennert Veerman, OBESITY, School of Population Health, Television, The Lancet, the Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group, TV, University of Queensland | Comments Off on The Lancet Says Chronic Obesity is Killing 5 Million+ Each Year
A third of the world’s adult population is physically inactive, the couch-potato lifestyle is killing around 5 million people each year, experts contributing to a special feature in the medical journal The Lancet say.
“Roughly three of every 10 individuals aged 15 years or older – about 1.5 billion people – do not reach present physical activity recommendations,” Dr Pedro Hallal and colleagues said in a report that described the problem as a pandemic.
The Lancet Physical Activity Series Working Group paints an even grimmer picture for adolescents, with four out of five 13 to 15-year-olds not moving enough, the report said.
Inactivity was described for the study as failing to do 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times a week, 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times a week, or a combination of the two :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: April 6th, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, That Human Condition, Verity Penfold | Tags: Chrissie Swan, Chronic Obesity, FAT CHICK, Jenny Craig, OBESITY, Weight Wins | Comments Off on CHRONIC FAT: Do Fat Chicks Have More Fun?
Admission! This post was inspired by a FAT CHICK – a self confessed – apparently happy FAT CHICK! Chrissie Swan, ex-The Circle, and regular contributor to Melbourne’s The Age newspaper, penned a piece for the afore mentioned newspaper that has me ever so slightly incensed. The Age’s Sunday Life – Life Matters – is all fluff, it’s meant to lighten up our Sunday read, feel good articles that mix well with coffee, bagels and balmy afternoons. What’s so standout about Ms Swan’s piece is that a half dozen people have so far had a good grizzle about what a trollish, trashy tale this happy fat chick has penned.
Clearly gnawing on fat isn’t a light hearted ramble.
“I’m overweight and happy” Chrissie Swan said “It hasn’t always been this way, I mean, I’ve always been happy, but I’ve lived with the dream of a goal weight hanging in front of me like a carrot (cake) since I was about 11 years old”
Shock Horror, it’s a hard concept to grasp, someone happy being a fatty!?
No one wants to be fat, it’s a myth, no one wants to feel unwanted or worse wanted for being a complete oddity. Being over weight is a complicated place to be. Losing weight is a massive chore, trust me inside this average body lurks a fat person trying to get out. Keeping that fat chick in check is a daily struggle. Emotions, Hormones, Food and even Genes all seem to be against us staying thin. Read the full article »»»»