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 […]

Helping the President raise awareness about childhood obesity

Happy National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month! That’s right, September 2011 has been so proclaimed by President Obama. The President notes that a third of American children are obese or over-weight and urges “all Americans to take action by learning about and engaging in activities that promote healthy eating and greater physical activity by all our Nation’s children.” […]

Healthy weight loss is a patriotic duty

“Today, the state with the lowest obesity rate would have had the highest rate in 1995.” — Jeff Levi, Ph.D., executive director of Trust for America’s Health, in 7 July 2011 press release. Yes, America, you are getting fatter, and sicker, too.  So says F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America‘s Future 2011, the latest […]