Obesity Archive

  • Hydration & Fitness: No One-Size-Fits All. After cancer,  Alzheimer’s — with its progressive damage to nerve cells, memory loss, impaired thinking, difficulties with verbal communication, and even personality changes — is the second most feared disease, according to an international survey. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America. Over five million in the US. have the disease and it is estimated that it will affect millions more in the years to come. As most of us know, someone with Alzheimer’s disease can live for years, even decades when, the disease becomes a huge emotional, physical, and economic burden on families. Reading through emails this morning, there was my daily blast from the Harvard Medical School that suggested ways of lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, including the need to keep important health numbers (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, etc) within a safe range along with taking an accurate waistline measurement. But for most of us, other recommendations followed the general advice of maintaining a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise. As I extend my research beyond water for health to the need for fitness, what’s becoming clearer is that there really is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mindful eating and exercise. What works for me may or may not work for you. Pilates masters, for example, say that the Pilates exercises you do at your Barre studio may have some relationship to Pilates, but they are not the same as the Pilates exercises that Joseph H. Pilates conceived and are practiced at classical Pilates studios. Similarly, my field of focus for years has been drinking water. And what I know is that not all water is the same. Hydration through sugary drinks, which soft drinks touted as a benefit (“Who know Coke Hydrates?” was a Coke slogan) is not the same as drinking water from the tap. And tap water may not be the same as drinking bottled water, which while it has its environmental drawbacks, can be better than tap water when taken from a pure source and hasn’t traveled through miles of pipes only to be dumped at your door step and left for homeowners to finish the job of filtering out any unwanted taste, odors or unregulated compounds. For more on ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s as well as information on diagnosing and treating it, search for A Guide to Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease from Harvard Medical School. Share on Facebook

    Hydration & Fitness: There is No One-Size-Fits-All

    Hydration & Fitness: No One-Size-Fits All. After cancer,  Alzheimer’s — with its progressive damage to nerve cells, memory loss, impaired thinking, difficulties with verbal communication, and even personality changes — is the second most feared disease, according to an international survey. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in America. Over five million in the US. have the disease and it is estimated that it will affect millions more in the years to come. As most of us know, someone with Alzheimer’s disease can live for years, even decades when, the disease becomes a huge emotional, physical, and economic burden on families. Reading through emails this morning, there was my daily blast from the Harvard Medical School that suggested ways of lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, including the need to keep important health numbers (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, etc) within a safe range along with taking an accurate waistline measurement. But for most of us, other recommendations followed the general advice of maintaining a healthy weight through diet and regular exercise. As I extend my research beyond water for health to the need for fitness, what’s becoming clearer is that there really is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mindful eating and exercise. What works for me may or may not work for you. Pilates masters, for example, say that the Pilates exercises you do at your Barre studio may have some relationship to Pilates, but they are not the same as the Pilates exercises that Joseph H. Pilates conceived and are practiced at classical Pilates studios. Similarly, my field of focus for years has been drinking water. And what I know is that not all water is the same. Hydration through sugary drinks, which soft drinks touted as a benefit (“Who know Coke Hydrates?” was a Coke slogan) is not the same as drinking water from the tap. And tap water may not be the same as drinking bottled water, which while it has its environmental drawbacks, can be better than tap water when taken from a pure source and hasn’t traveled through miles of pipes only to be dumped at your door step and left for homeowners to finish the job of filtering out any unwanted taste, odors or unregulated compounds. For more on ways to help prevent Alzheimer’s as well as information on diagnosing and treating it, search for A Guide to Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease from Harvard Medical School. Share on Facebook

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  • The new news for 2015 is that American has fallen out of love with soda. But in an effort to keep sales up,the beverage industry in 2013 pulled out the stops to delay enforcement of NYC’s plan to limit the sale of super-sized, sugar-sweetened beverages set to take effect mid-March. It worked; however, industry’s million dollar lobbying efforts have not stemmed the tide of consumers backing off buying soft drinks.  Share on Facebook

    NYC Soda Ban Review

    The new news for 2015 is that American has fallen out of love with soda. But in an effort to keep sales up,the beverage industry in 2013 pulled out the stops to delay enforcement of NYC’s plan to limit the sale of super-sized, sugar-sweetened beverages set to take effect mid-March. It worked; however, industry’s million dollar lobbying efforts have not stemmed the tide of consumers backing off buying soft drinks.  Share on Facebook

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  • Why would someone want to dump 57 tons of white sand into an old school bus? To make a point. The point being to demonstrate how much sugar schoolchildren in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest in the U.S., consume every week just from flavored milk served in school meals. The sand in the school bus stunt was part of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s attempt to confront LAUSD, which refuses to allow his ABC film crew to shoot in public school cafeterias. As of this writing, Oliver, in his second season with the U.S. broadcast of “Food Revolution” has taken to the streets of LA with outdoor student cookoffs and cooking classes on wheels in an effort to teach kids about nutrition. Better nutrition for school kids is also the aim of science-based Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released January 31, 2011 by the Departments of Agriculture and of Health and Human Services. (1) But will kids eat healthier food, and what about drinking water in place of soft drinks? Louise Esaian, who oversees the food service program for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) told Chicago Tribune reporter Monica Eng that while 70 percent of students choose to eat lunch at school that introducing new concepts is challenging, especially if healthful options don’t actually taste as good as processed food. According to the Tribune report, CPS brought back a spicy chicken patty sandwich in all district high schools during January 2011, because of sagging lunch sales. (2) Tribune reporters watched nine of 10 students in the lunch line at North-Grand H.S. chose the less healthy, processed spicy chicken option with the addition of ketchup or barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeno pepper rings containing more than 1,100 mg of sodium, or two-thirds the daily recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most parents know that processed food with loads of salt tastes better compared to vegetables with no salt. So chefs pushing a healthier way to eat conclude that because it takes far less sodium to make dishes like rice and beans or broccoli palatable to students than what is used in processed foods, that it’s okay to add a little salt to fresh veggies. Nutrition expert Jane Brody of The New York Times advocates gradual adaptations. She wrote recently that, “Moderation, rather than constant deprivation and denial, is the key to a wholesome diet that you can stick with and enjoy. I say this with confidence because I’ve lived this way for most of my adult life and I’ve watched my sons do the same for more than four decades.” (3) “We get so much health advice on how to eat 100 percent perfect,” Clint Carter, contributing editor to the “Eat This, Not That,” published by Rodale Inc., recently told Barb Berggoetz in an article published by The Indianapolis Star. Instead of approaching food as an all-or-nothing transaction, Carter recommends making smarter decisions. Eating at a restaurant, even at fast-food places, Carter said, doesn’t mean you […]

    Jamie Oliver Makes a Point

    Why would someone want to dump 57 tons of white sand into an old school bus? To make a point. The point being to demonstrate how much sugar schoolchildren in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second largest in the U.S., consume every week just from flavored milk served in school meals. The sand in the school bus stunt was part of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s attempt to confront LAUSD, which refuses to allow his ABC film crew to shoot in public school cafeterias. As of this writing, Oliver, in his second season with the U.S. broadcast of “Food Revolution” has taken to the streets of LA with outdoor student cookoffs and cooking classes on wheels in an effort to teach kids about nutrition. Better nutrition for school kids is also the aim of science-based Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released January 31, 2011 by the Departments of Agriculture and of Health and Human Services. (1) But will kids eat healthier food, and what about drinking water in place of soft drinks? Louise Esaian, who oversees the food service program for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) told Chicago Tribune reporter Monica Eng that while 70 percent of students choose to eat lunch at school that introducing new concepts is challenging, especially if healthful options don’t actually taste as good as processed food. According to the Tribune report, CPS brought back a spicy chicken patty sandwich in all district high schools during January 2011, because of sagging lunch sales. (2) Tribune reporters watched nine of 10 students in the lunch line at North-Grand H.S. chose the less healthy, processed spicy chicken option with the addition of ketchup or barbecue sauce and pickled jalapeno pepper rings containing more than 1,100 mg of sodium, or two-thirds the daily recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most parents know that processed food with loads of salt tastes better compared to vegetables with no salt. So chefs pushing a healthier way to eat conclude that because it takes far less sodium to make dishes like rice and beans or broccoli palatable to students than what is used in processed foods, that it’s okay to add a little salt to fresh veggies. Nutrition expert Jane Brody of The New York Times advocates gradual adaptations. She wrote recently that, “Moderation, rather than constant deprivation and denial, is the key to a wholesome diet that you can stick with and enjoy. I say this with confidence because I’ve lived this way for most of my adult life and I’ve watched my sons do the same for more than four decades.” (3) “We get so much health advice on how to eat 100 percent perfect,” Clint Carter, contributing editor to the “Eat This, Not That,” published by Rodale Inc., recently told Barb Berggoetz in an article published by The Indianapolis Star. Instead of approaching food as an all-or-nothing transaction, Carter recommends making smarter decisions. Eating at a restaurant, even at fast-food places, Carter said, doesn’t mean you […]

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  • — Updated Feb 1, 2011 Researchers say that most people deny eating a lot of sugar. While over one-third of American adults are obese, researchers at Harvard University now predict that if current trends continue, the obesity rate in the U.S. won’t level off until it reaches over 40 percent. But despite warning signs – epidemic rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and depression – people continue to indulge their sugar habit. The result is cause for alarm. Among obesity scientists, health providers and the medical community, there is major concern about sugar’s addictive quality. Barry Popkin, author of “The World is FAT” thinks that sugar-based diets, especially high consumption of soft drinks, are killing us. According to another source, Nature Cures Clinic of Portland, Oregon, our “daily bread” has turned into a non-stop feeding frenzy of sweets, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates. What to do? Exercise, of course. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reduce salt and saturated fats, absolutely. Health and policy professionals like Profs. Popkin and world-renown public health scholars, Harvard’s Prof. Walter Willet and Yale Prof. Kelly D. Brownell, also recommend drinking more water. And now, as of January 31, 2011, so does the federal government. For the first time ever in its revised dietary Guidelines, the USDA recommends replacing sugary drinks like soda with water and avoiding fatty foods. [Link: www.cnpp.usda.gov/DietaryGuidelines.htm] (c) 2011 Jonathan Hall Share on Facebook

    Sugar Habit

    — Updated Feb 1, 2011 Researchers say that most people deny eating a lot of sugar. While over one-third of American adults are obese, researchers at Harvard University now predict that if current trends continue, the obesity rate in the U.S. won’t level off until it reaches over 40 percent. But despite warning signs – epidemic rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure and depression – people continue to indulge their sugar habit. The result is cause for alarm. Among obesity scientists, health providers and the medical community, there is major concern about sugar’s addictive quality. Barry Popkin, author of “The World is FAT” thinks that sugar-based diets, especially high consumption of soft drinks, are killing us. According to another source, Nature Cures Clinic of Portland, Oregon, our “daily bread” has turned into a non-stop feeding frenzy of sweets, artificial sweeteners and refined carbohydrates. What to do? Exercise, of course. Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and reduce salt and saturated fats, absolutely. Health and policy professionals like Profs. Popkin and world-renown public health scholars, Harvard’s Prof. Walter Willet and Yale Prof. Kelly D. Brownell, also recommend drinking more water. And now, as of January 31, 2011, so does the federal government. For the first time ever in its revised dietary Guidelines, the USDA recommends replacing sugary drinks like soda with water and avoiding fatty foods. [Link: www.cnpp.usda.gov/DietaryGuidelines.htm] (c) 2011 Jonathan Hall Share on Facebook

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