It’s time to fix the dietary guidelines


“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is age-old advice that’s hard to argue with. The problem is, people often disagree about whether a thing is broken or not. That’s the case with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, first foisted on American citizens by their federal government in 1980, and since revised every five years. This […]

The need for carb-free beverages — and friendship

Saturday Short Takes “Low-carb beer lures young men,” Adrian Thomas, The Shout. “Low-carb beer finds unlikely niche,” James Atkinson, Australian Brew News. According to an industry study, low-carb beer now accounts for nearly 25% of beer consumption in Australia, compared to just 3% in 2006. However, it isn’t clear that low-carb dieting is the reason. The […]

Obesity is about what we eat


I was obese for several years before I began eating low-carb high-fat in March 2011, with a body mass index hovering in the neighborhood of 33 – 34. That’s not a great neighborhood to hover in. A person with a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese. Most of my extra weight was around my middle, […]

Obesity, exercise, and magic bullets

Saturday Short Takes Here’s a selection of web articles on weight loss and related topics that caught my eye this week. 1. Looking for Magic Bullets to Fire at Obesity According to an article on the MedicalXpress site, “a number of magic bullets” are needed to fight obesity. It’s more like magic shotgun shells. After recounting the […]

Busting the myth that you must exercise to lose weight

From my personal experience, as well as my reading, I know that it simply isn’t necessary to exercise to lose weight. I’ve lost plenty of pounds following my low carb, high fat (LCHF) way of eating without resorting to what Mark Twain called the “loathsome” practice of exercise. I wrote a blog post about it a few years ago, […]

Study findings undercut soda taxes as a way of curbing obesity

At the risk of being mistaken for a tool of soft-drink industry, or worse yet, a Libertarian, I am jumping once again into the debate over government action to curb our consumption of sugary beverages.  (Well, someone’s consumption; I don’t touch the stuff anymore.  I don’t believe anyone should.) I stated my position a month ago, […]

Governor wants Michiganders to shape up, will track fat kids

I live in Michigan, a beautiful state with a weak economy and a whole lot of fat people. Our governor, Rick Snyder, sees a connection between our economic and waste-line problems. He may have a point. Technically, I’m one of the fat Michiganders. My current body-mass index (BMI) puts me in the “overweight” category.  I’ve […]

Obesogenic: a new word for an old idea

Tuna-avocado salad: what environment did this come from?

A commentary by Jane E. Brody in yesterday’s New York Times has a promising title: Attacking the Obesity Epidemic by First Figuring Out Its Cause. You have to admit, there’s logic in that approach. There’s logic, too, in Brody’s central claim that we live in an environment that encourages, or at least enables, frequent eating and […]

Study: lifetime “dose” of obesity linked to diabetes risk

My old alma mater is famous for a football stadium that seats (or at least wedges in) about 113,000 people, give or take a couple thousand. If the current obesity trend continues, it will get progressively harder to squeeze all those spectator butts into Michigan Stadium without the liberal use of butter. This lends special […]