Category Archives for Obesity

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. Check out the chart below

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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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No Obesity Paradox

The obesity paradox encompasses the fact that a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight category appears to correlate with the lowest death rate. The optimal BMI in studies that have found this ranges

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Excess body fat accelerates aging

Staying lean is an anti-aging prerequisite Every now and then a news report comes around about some study or other that finds that being slightly overweight is associated with lower mortality than being

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Obesity hits a record high

The obese now outnumber the overweight   Here in the land of the free and the home of the brave, obesity has hit a record high. Among men (for whom this blog is written), the combination of overweight,

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Most people in the gym are not even trying

Cardio versus weight training In my years in the gym I’ve noticed a correlation. This correlation has not been subject to rigorous scientific study and has no p value, it’s just my own observation.

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Adequate protein is a must for weight loss

Humans strive to maintain a constant protein intake The protein leverage hypothesis of obesity asserts that humans and animals closely regulate the amount of protein in their diets, with the average human

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Food Addiction and Obesity

The following is Reason No. 3 from my book Top Ten Reasons We’re Fat: And What to Do About It, available at Amazon. Not long ago, and to some extent even now, some people, both experts and laypersons,

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Obesity and insulin resistance cause aging, not the other way around

How much is aging really inevitable? A number of physiological processes change with aging, notably autophagy, inflammation, and oxidative stress. While we can do many things to ameliorate them and thus

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