Category Archives for Obesity

The Modern World Causes Obesity

Scientists, doctors, dietitians, and amateurs of all stripes have suggested many factors that may lead to obesity and that have lead to the obesity epidemic. But what are the odds that all of these factors

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Processed Food and Obesity

Are processed food and obesity linked? There are many reasons to think so, but some may be more subtle than we think. Processed food: what it is First of all, processed food must be distinguished from

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Still No Obesity Paradox

In some studies of large numbers of people, researchers have found that people with the lowest death rates had a body mass index (BMI) solidly in the overweight range. This finding has led to the so-called

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Higher Protein for Greater Weight Loss

By now we know that low-carbohydrate diets are much more effective for weight loss than standard low-calorie or low-fat diets. Usually, the effectiveness of low-carbohydrate diets is attributed to their

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How to Lose Weight, Really

Why are so many people so overweight or obese? Why are so many people trying, unsuccessfully, to lose weight? If you can answer those questions correctly, then you can lose weight and then stay lean and

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Americans Are Now Fatter Than Ever

The obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing, and Americans are now fatter than ever. When looked at in terms of body fat rather than body mass index (BMI), the numbers become astronomical. No use sugarcoating

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Obesity and Aging Are Linked

A just published paper makes the case that carbohydrate restriction with high-intensity interval training is the optimal combination to treat metabolic disease. Let’s take a look at why this combination

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Chew Your Own Food

Could there be a connection between having to chew food and health? Is “chew your own food” a dictum that will improve your health and life expectancy? Let’s take a look. The concept

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Vegetable Oils Cause Obesity

Researchers debate the fundamental causes of the obesity epidemic, and dietary changes are the most likely reasons. But which changes? Experts have pointed their fingers at sugar, refined carbs, excess

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Insulin Sensitivity Is Critical for Health

Insulin is the hormone that promotes uptake of nutrients into cells; it rises after eating, especially with consumption of carbohydrates and protein, and the amount of insulin required for this task varies

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High-Fat Diet Doesn’t Cause Obesity

I wrote the other day about the less-than-optimal control animals and humans used in fasting and calorie-restriction studies. Partly this is due to the bad food that most people eat, as well as the substandard

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Standard Dietary Advice Makes You Fat and Sick

Standard dietary advice, the advice given by dietitians, doctors, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, makes you fat and sick. It’s a combination of unsound science and compromises with the

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Body Fat Is More Important Than Body Mass Index

The obesity epidemic may be much worse than even the dismal statistics describe. Body mass index under-measures obesity; body fat is more important than body mass index. Among white men over the age of

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Processed Food, Supernormal Stimuli, and Obesity

Obesity has dramatically increased in the U.S. over the past several decades, and what Americans eat has a lot to do with it. In this article we’ll look at the links between processed food, supernormal

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Why Is Obesity Low in Colorado?

Of all the states in the U.S., Colorado has the lowest rate of obesity, at about 20% as of 2015. Mississippi has the highest rate at about 35%. Why is obesity low in Colorado? What could account for the

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The Low Testosterone and Obesity Vicious Cycle

It’s well known that the hormone testosterone — the hormone which makes a man a man — declines with age, and that it’s declining also in all men over time. Low testosterone and

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The 80/20 Rule in Fighting Aging and Obesity

Vilfredo Pareto first formulated the rule named after him, the Pareto Principle, or as it’s now often known, the 80/20 Rule. The rule states that in many phenomena, 20% of the inputs generate 80%

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A Review of “The Obesity Code”

What’s the cause of the obesity epidemic? Why have close to 70% of the people in the U.S. become overweight or obese? Why is the state with the lowest rate of obesity currently fatter than any state

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