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Obesity and Health
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 07:19 PM EDT

I am in the same situation.
I found these two books that have help a lot to understand the cause of obesity and how to overcome it.
They repeat the same information but John Mclean's is easier to read and not as detail as Gary taubes's.
If the links do not work just copy and paste =sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341097661&sr=1-1&keywords=jo hn+mclean _1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341097508&sr=1-1&keywords=taubes

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  • Broccoli - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 08:05 PM EDT
  • Obesity and Health - Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 08:34 PM EDT
Trying to work within our Constitution...
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 07:36 PM EDT
AND sociopolitical system makes what we do here difficult. As you point out
there is no one size that fits all. Think about if you were a legislator trying
to actually help the situation and hampered by the other 534 people in 2 houses
that don't agree with you. Gotta love democracy. Changes are slooooow.

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Obesity and Health
Authored by: Wol on Saturday, June 30 2012 @ 09:17 PM EDT
And I forgot to add, my wife likes company when she eats :-)

So, left to my own devices, I'd probably eat a fair bit less than I do now. It's
all very well politicos trying to make us "do what's good for us", but
the reality is a lot of us don't have the freedom to choose, even if it is just
for the sake of marital harmony!


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Obesity and Health
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 12:09 AM EDT
The US obesity problem may have a huge component that is driven by lack of
individual responsibility. There are also huge systemic barriers to avoiding
obesity. A number of barriers arise out of government policies. And there is a
great deal of controversy and misinformation about what is healthy food.

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Obesity and Health
Authored by: jjs on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 08:48 AM EDT
there is SOME evidence that SOME obesity is caused by ill-
health. there is OVERWHELMING evidence that obesity in
general causes many illnesses - to include diabetes. Research continues to show
that exercise and controlling
diet reduce obesity, reduce blood pressure, help delay onset
of dementia, etc.

Part of the problem is how we're wired. There was a
Smithsonian "reality show" that had a family living like it
was the 1800's in the midwest. That meant drawing water,
walking to town, chopping wood, etc. Despite eating 6500
calories a day, the father lost weight. However, if the
average american ate 6500 calories a day (quite easy with
junk food in modern ballparks and pushed a 7-11 et al),
they'd blow up like a balloon.

I'm sorry for your wife's illness - one of those for which
obesity is the result of the illness. However, that is NOT
the common situation in America.

(Note IANAL, I don't play one on TV, etc, consult a practicing attorney, etc,

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Obesity and Health: an unusual suspect
Authored by: Boundless on Sunday, July 01 2012 @ 03:53 PM EDT
Obesity (and diabetes) rates are not just high, they are rising, and not just
rising, they are accelerating: CDC. Why? There are physicians who think everyone
should be on statins. What's going on here?

Everyone needs to consider that:
a. the official lobbyist-endorsed USDA diet is dangerously incorrect, and
b. one supposed "staple" of that diet is has morphed into an
unexamined genetic monster, and a powerful and insidious human toxin over the
last 50 years.

Challenge yourself: stop eating the product misleadingly named "wheat"
for a month, cut your net carbs to 20g per day, and ditch fructose for good
measure. Yes, this is a low-carb paleo diet.

If it has some astonishing results (and it did in our household), read
"Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis for why.

I'm convinced that 50% of our healthcare costs are entirely avoidable by simple,
painless changes in diet. And yes, this means that legislating food
"oughts" (and forced insurance to cover the unintended consequences
thereof) is very risky just now, because the ideal human diet is not yet fully
nailed down.

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