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  • A couple good documentaries if you are looking for something non-mindless to watch

    06/26/2015 6:20:21 PM PDT · by Secret Agent Man · 24 replies
    Since a lot of people talk about various personal health issues here for a number of reasons, I wanted to pass along two documentaries I watched recently and thought have good information for people to review. First, is one called "Fat Head". It is done by a science writer that basically refutes the "Supersize Me" documentary. It discusses how a high carb, low fat and protein diet is the cause of obesity in America, and it's exactly what the government and health groups are demanding people follow to "get healthy". It gives an excellent easy understanding of why this does...
  • School Nutritionists: Participation in School Lunch Program 'Abruptly Down' in 49 States

    06/26/2015 8:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | June 25, 2015 | Gabrielle Cintorino
    (CNSNews.com)-- The School Nutrition Association (SNA), which represents 55,000 school nutritionists nationwide, is pointing to data published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to draw awareness to the fact that “after 30 years of steady growth in the National School Lunch Program, student participation is abruptly down in 49 states."The nutritionists attribute the drop to new nutrition standards that were instituted by USDA in 2012.Total national participation in the School Lunch Program peaked in 2010 and 2011 at 31.8 million, according to USDA. In 2012, it was 31.7 million. But in 2013, it dropped by 1 million participants, to 30.7...
  • The Average American Woman Now Weighs as Much as the Average 1960s Man

    06/15/2015 9:19:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/15/2015 | Helen Smith
    I read the headline over at the Washington Post (via Newsalert) and I can’t say I was surprised: The average American woman weighs 166.2 pounds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As reddit recently pointed out, that’s almost exactly as much as the average American man weighed in the early 1960s.Men, you’re not looking too hot in this scenario either. Over the same time period you gained nearly 30 pounds, from 166.3 in the 60s to 195.5 today. Doing the same comparison as above, today’s American man weighs almost as much as 1.5 American women from...
  • DNA can't explain all inherited biological traits, research shows

    04/03/2015 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4-2-2015 | University of Edinburgh
    Characteristics passed between generations are not decided solely by DNA, but can be brought about by other material in cells, new research shows. Scientists studied proteins found in cells, known as histones, which are not part of the genetic code, but act as spools around which DNA is wound. Histones are known to control whether or not genes are switched on. Researchers found that naturally occurring changes to these proteins, which affect how they control genes, can be sustained from one generation to the next and so influence which traits are passed on. The finding demonstrates for the first time...
  • DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations

    06/04/2015 5:37:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 4, 2015 | Sarah Knapton, Science Editor
    Scientists now know that our DNA is being altered all the time by environment, lifestyle and traumatic events. Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle or environmental stress can be passed down to future generations, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered. Previously large studies have shown that devastating events such as famine can scar future generations, making them more prone to obesity and diabetes. However it is the first time that the biological mechanism for the effect has been seen. Although the same genes are passed down through generations, scientists now know that our DNA is being altered...
  • 40% of People On Food Stamps Are Obese, Gov't Study Finds

    05/07/2015 7:03:31 AM PDT · by PROCON · 41 replies
    investors.com ^ | May 6, 2015 | JOHN MERLINE
    henever Republicans talk about trimming the federal food stamp program, Democrats decry them as cold, heartless or worse. But new research shows that cutting food stamps could actually make the country healthier. The U.S. Department of Agriculture looked at data from 2007 through 2010, then compared average weights of those on food stamps officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to those who weren't.
  • Being overweight 'reduces dementia risk'

    04/09/2015 6:14:40 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    bbc ^ | James Gallagher
    The team at Oxon Epidemiology and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine analysed medical records from 1,958,191 people aged 55, on average, for up to two decades. Their most conservative analysis showed underweight people had a 39% greater risk of dementia compared with being a healthy weight. But those who were overweight had an 18% reduction in dementia - and the figure was 24% for the obese. "Yes, it is a surprise," said lead researcher Dr Nawab Qizilbash. He told the BBC News website: "The controversial side is the observation that overweight and obese people have a lower...
  • USDA Tells Parents to Teach Healthy Eating Habits: Dont Praise That Clean Plate

    04/03/2015 9:01:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | April 1, 2015 | Penny Starr
    Apparently, parents should visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) website to find out how to teach their children good eating habits.The agency in charge of the countrys agricultural sector is now in the nanny business, thanks to First Lady Michelle Obamas Lets Move initiative to fight childhood obesity, which links to choosemyplate.gov on its website.In the kids section of My Plate, advice is dished out on how parents can help pre-schoolers develop healthy eating habits, including a warning about praising an empty plate.Avoid praising a clean plate, the website states. Your child should stop eating when he or she...
  • USDA Promotes Terrifying Body Exhibit to Fight Childhood Obesity

    03/29/2015 7:46:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 27, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a giant full-body exhibit for kids to walk through to promote healthy eating habits.While encouraging schools to apply for nearly $6 million in grants to help them comply with the First Lady Michelle Obama-promoted Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act new lunch standards, the USDA highlighted efforts by the Kansas State Department of Education.Body Venture, a traveling health education exhibit sponsored by Kansas State Department of Education travels to schools to teach students about nutrition and physical activity, the USDA said in a blog post Friday.Body Venture is a 45-foot by 50-foot exhibit that starts...
  • Los Angeles' City Council Cannot Understand Why Its Nanny State Zoning Change Miserably Failed

    03/28/2015 10:47:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Michael Hausam
    Celebrate with me the recent lesson learned by the city council of Los Angeles after a 7-years-long experiment in nanny statism that ended in utter failure. A public health report released in early 2007 showed that South Los Angeles residents were significantly more obese than those in the remainder of the city, including adults and children, and the data showed a dramatic increase from a similar report from a decade earlier. Furthermore, occurrence of obesity-related illness, such as diabetes, was more present in the area and also showed an increase. The city council decided that something needed to be done....
  • Ban on fast-food eateries in South L.A. hasn't cut obesity, study says

    03/19/2015 11:33:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    latimes ^ | March 19, 2015 | Soumya Karlamangla
    A 2008 ban on new fast-food restaurants in South L.A. has failed to cut the obesity rate, a Rand study saysSeven years ago, Los Angeles made national headlines with a novel attempt to reduce obesity in South L.A. by banning new fast-food restaurants. But a new study found the effort has not achieved its intended goal. A Rand Corp. report released Thursday says that from 2007 to 2012, the percentage of people who were overweight or obese increased everywhere in L.A., but the increase was significantly greater in areas covered by the fast-food ordinance, including Baldwin Hills and Leimert Park.The...
  • Study: Fast-food curb did not cut obesity rate in South LA

    03/19/2015 12:30:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 19, 2015 2:08 AM EDT | Alicia Chang
    A much-hailed law that restricted the opening of new stand-alone fast-food restaurants in one of the poorest sections of Los Angeles did not curb obesity or improve diets, a new study found. City lawmakers passed the zoning ordinance in 2008 that limited the opening or expansion of fast-food outlets in a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems. The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls. The research by the Rand Corp....
  • Fat Country (Western Food Not Solely Responsible for Chinas Expanding Waistline)

    03/17/2015 8:34:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-3-17 | Li Lin
    Not healthier than Western foodBian Huawei, head nutritionist at The Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, said that it was a common misconception that Chinese food was healthier than Western food. In a November 2013 tencent.com report, Bian noted that although traditional Chinese food uses fewer animal fats compared to most Western dishes, many Chinese restaurants nowadays use excessive quantities of oil and salt to make dishes more flavorful. "Most cooking methods used in Chinese cuisine, such as deep-frying and roasting, use an excessive amount of oil," said Bian. "Even for the dishes that are cooked in a healthier...
  • South West Trains Apologises after Announcer Tells Fat Passengers Not to Sit Down

    03/16/2015 4:53:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | March 14, 2015 | A.B. Sanderson
    Passengers on the South West Train service from Basingstoke to London Waterloo were left in shock after an announcer took to the tannoy to say that fat people should remain standing because of lack of space, the Daily Mail reports. On the packed commuter service, a member of staff reportedly said: We are going to be like sardines on this train, so can I ask that only slim people sit on the three-seaters. If you are fat then it is simply not going to work. One passenger was left furious by the announcement, saying: I am not necessarily a big...
  • Feds Spent $148,379 to Create Diet Choker That Monitors Eating Habits

    03/11/2015 4:48:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 11, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government helped finance the creation of a so-called “diet choker” that monitors the eating habits of the wearer.WearSens, created by engineers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is a necklace that can automatically detect when a person is eating or smoking, and can send alerts to a smart phone telling the user to stop.The invention received a $148,379 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2013 to create a sensory necklace to “fill the need of automatically detecting swallows and eating patterns.”Researchers at UCLA, led by Majid Sarrafzadeh, the director of the Embedded and Reconfigurable...
  • Michelle Obama Takes Credit for Food Culture Change

    02/27/2015 3:39:10 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | February 26, 2015 | Darlene Superville (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) Michelle Obama said Thursday that the U.S. has undergone a culture change in the five years since she started raising awareness about childhood obesity, but as she celebrated achievements on multiple fronts the first lady also warned that the progress is incredibly fragile. Thats because special interests whose first priority is not our kids health are waiting for us to get complacent or bored and move on to the next trendy issue, Mrs. Obama said at an annual health summit. She cited the fight over a recent child nutrition law as an example.
  • Obese People Could Have Benefits Taken Away If They Refuse Treatment

    02/13/2015 10:21:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | February 13, 2015 | Peter Dominiczak
    Obese People Could Have Benefits Taken Away If They Refuse Treatment David Cameron says taxpayers should no longer fund the benefits of obese people or drug and alcohol addicts who refuse to accept the treatment that could help them get back into employment By Peter Dominiczak, 13 Feb 2015 Obese people could have their benefits stripped if they refuse treatment in a bid to ensure they can lead a fulfilling life, David Cameron has said. A Conservative government will attempt to ensure that tens of thousands of people who claim welfare on the grounds of obesity, drug or alcohol addiction...
  • Puerto Rico considers fining parents of obese children

    02/11/2015 8:49:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    AP ^ | February 10, 2015 | Staff
    Legislators in Puerto Rico are debating a bill that would fine parents of obese children up to $800 if they don't lose weight. The bill aims to improve children's wellbeing and help parents make healthier choices, Sen. Gilberto Rodriguez said in a statement issued Monday. Public hearings for the bill are scheduled to begin Friday.
  • Michelle Obama, the conservative? How to keep big government out of your lunch

    02/10/2015 7:58:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 10, 2015 | Husna Haq
    Michelle Obama says that 'if you don't like government ... messing with your life,' you should make better eating choices. Is Michelle Obama starting to sound more like a conservative than a liberal? How's this for a counterintuitive source on conservatism: Michelle Obama is now offering novel advice on how to keep the government from meddling in peoples' lives. If you dont like the doctor, if you dont like government, if you dont like folks messing with your life, the best thing to do is make sure youre healthy," Mrs. Obama told Cooking Light in a piece entitled, "The First...
  • Michelle Obama: Eating healthy will keep government out of your life

    02/10/2015 11:12:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    First lady Michelle Obama believes Americans can keep the federal government from meddling with their lives by eating healthy foods and maintaining an active lifestyle. In an interview with Cooking Light magazine published Monday, Mrs. Obama said the best way to avoid dealing with the system is to take care of ones own body. Doing so, she said, will eliminate trips to the doctor and the need to deal with Obamacare. Its just making sure people understand that the most powerful thing that they can do for their overall health is feed their bodies good nutritious food, the first lady...
  • Restaurants Struggle to Comply with Calorie Labeling Requirements Under ObamaCare

    02/01/2015 3:05:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | January 28, 2015 | Tom Borelli
    The command and control mandates of ObamaCare continue to cause unintended consequences for businesses. In another example of government gone wild, the federal government is now forcing restaurants to post the calorie information of its menu items. Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule under ObamaCare that requires retail food establishments with the same name and 20 or more locations to list calorie information for its standard menu offerings. The regulation applies to many food retail operations including restaurants, delicatessens, supermarkets and movie theaters to name a few. The goal of this regulatory effort...
  • Obama: Well Work on Issue of Obesity in India (Where 30.7% of Children Under 5 Are Underweight)

    01/29/2015 12:12:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In a joint radio appearance with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, President Barack Obama said there is a worldwide epidemic of obesity and that he looks forward to working with the government of India and non-governmental organizations on the issue of obesity in India.In 2013-2014, according to a survey conducted by UNICEF and India's Ministry of Women and Child Development, 30.7 percent of Indian children under five were underweight.That was a significant improvement for India, where 43.5 percent of the children under five had been underweight at the time of the last survey in 2005-2006. "India no...
  • Overweight Women Tend To Earn Smaller Paychecks, Study Claims

    01/27/2015 6:22:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 22, 2014 | Bill Briggs
    Heavier women are more likely to be lighter in the wallet, reports a new study that says obese females tend to occupy lower-paying, more-strenuous jobs in less-visible corners of the U.S. workforce when compared to average-sized women and men. In fact, the link between extra pounds and leaner paychecks is distinct: When a woman becomes overweight, she already is less likely to land a public-facing role in better-paying white-collar jobs, according to research released Tuesday by Vanderbilt University. And women who are considered obese or morbidly obese based on their body mass indexes are more likely to forced...
  • Doctor Dad SLAPS DOWN Busybody Teacher Over Daughters Sack Lunch

    01/25/2015 4:04:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 24, 2015 | Eric Owens
    A Kirksville, Mo. doctor righteously and very satisfyingly slapped down a substitute teacher after she sent a note home condemning the lunch his second-grade daughter had brought to school. The doctor and mad dad is Justin Puckett, reports ABC News. As Puckett who is certified in obesity medicine later observed to the principal at the school, the teacher and a cafeteria worker didnt see the whole lunch. Sure, they saw a pickle, a bag of marshmallows, some Ritz crackers and four tiny chocolate bars. Importantly, what the sub and the lunch lady missed were four pieces of ham...
  • Will School Lunches Destroy Progressivism?

    01/16/2015 7:24:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    americanthinker ^ | Jan. 16, 2015 | Rodney L. Pearson
    Students across the United States are getting a taste of progressivism. And it doesnt seem to please their palates. The implementation of Michelle Obamas anti-obesity lunch standards is encountering backlash from students and school administrators across the country. The program seems to have taught them a valuable lesson in the realities of progressivism -- that when American voters give up power to busy-body progressives, the result is more control over their lives and the loss of individual liberties. They responded to this newfound reality with boycotts, social media angst, and filled trash cans instead of filled bellies.According to the Government...
  • Feds Spend $499,880 to Teach Doctors How to Talk to Fat Kids

    01/17/2015 12:12:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 16, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    A new project from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is using computer simulated training sessions to teach doctors in Minnesota how to talk to fat kids.The nearly $500,000 study using “virtual role play” to coach doctors is the latest attempt by the federal government to combat obesity.“Obesity in the United States is at historically high levels and is an important health problem,” the grant for the project states. “Interventions targeting children are a high priority because children bear the greatest lifetime health risk from overweight and obesity.”“Health professionals in primary care settings are influential in the lives of families,”...
  • German hospital finds rare obesity mutation

    01/15/2015 10:25:27 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 Jan 2015 10:31 GMT+01:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    Doctors at the University Clinic in Ulm have discovered a new disease causing obesity while studying an extremely overweight three-year-old. The child weighed more than 40 kilos, almost three times as much as a normal three-year-old, and could not stop eating and gaining weight. Researchers found that the satiety hormone that tells the body to stop eating was inactive, meaning the child was always hungry. But in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, they described how they were able to bring their patients eating and weight under control within days by giving the child an artificial form...
  • Feds target fried food, juice at day cares

    01/15/2015 5:27:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 14, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing strict new dietary guidelines for day cares that would prohibit them from frying food that is served to children.Child care providers would also be formally required to provide children with water upon request, though they would face restrictions on how much apple juice and orange juice they serve.The proposed nutrition standards are intended to promote the "health and wellness of children" at day cares that participate in government-funded meal programs, the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service said Wednesday.One of the more notable provisions would restrict day cares from frying food on site...
  • Chris Christie should let Americans in on his weight loss journey

    01/11/2015 11:57:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 11, 2015 | Beverly Hallberg
    If two out of three adults are considered to be overweight in America, it is no surprise that losing weight tops New Years resolutions every year. Regardless of age, race, or gender, the battle of the bulge unites many of us. Heck, I even hired a personal trainer since I cant get it together on my own. And while most of us will abandon our nutrition and exercise routines before January is over, there is a man whose dedication to health in 2015 could make all the difference in the 2016 elections. His name is Chris Christie, governor of New...
  • For most 'healthy' obese, health declines over time

    01/06/2015 3:21:18 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    "Healthy obese adults show a greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease than healthy normal-weight adults, although this risk is not as great as for the unhealthy obese. Healthy obesity is only a state of relative health - it's just less unhealthy than the worst-case scenario. And as we now see, healthy obese adults tend to become unhealthy obese over time, providing further evidence against the idea that obesity can be healthy," said Bell. ... "Healthy obesity is only valid if it is stable over time, and our results indicate that it is often just a phase. All types of obesity...
  • Matter: Gene Linked to Obesity Hasnt Always Been a Problem, Study Finds

    01/01/2015 9:28:04 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    But the gene doesn’t seem to have always been a problem. If scientists had studied FTO just a few decades ago, they would have found no link to weight whatsoever. A new study shows that FTO became a risk only in people born after World War II. The research, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, raises questions that extend far beyond obesity. Genes clearly influence our health in many ways, but so does our environment; often, it is the interplay between them that makes the difference in whether we develop obesity or cancer or...
  • AR school leaders rip Michelle O rules

    12/31/2014 6:16:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    EAGnews.org ^ | December 30, 2014 | Kyle Olson
    ROGERS, Ark. – The garbage cans are becoming morbidly obese at Rogers High School.“We’re feeding trash cans a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables,” Robin Kinder, president of the Arkansas School Nutrition Association and assistant child nutrition director for Springdale Public Schools, tells NWAonline.com.In addition to changing the lunch menu to make it “healthier,” the school sends students back into the line if they fail to take the required fruits and vegetables mandated by the overhaul of the National School Lunch Program.“It would just go straight to the trash sometimes,” Estefany Corleto, a junior at Rogers High School, says of...
  • The votes are in, its official: 2014 The Year of the Butt

    12/31/2014 7:21:51 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 22 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-31-2014 | MOTUS
    Talk about being way ahead of the curve: 2014 has officially been named The Year of the Butt.Way, waaaay ahead of the curveAnd suddenly everybody is covering this phenom: theres the PG-rated Yahoo version: From Instagram sensation Jen Selter and her belfies (butt + selfie), to Kim Kardashians bare-it-all photoshoot in Paper magazine, its clear backsides are taking a front seat. Not to mention Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azaleas Booty, Nicki Minajs Anaconda, and Meghan Trainors All About That Bass bringing up the rear. And the R-rated Vogue report: Recently, Nicki Minaj remixed the original butt song by Sir Mix-A-Lot,...
  • Is eating behavior manipulated by the gastrointestinal microbiota?

    12/27/2014 12:18:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Wiley Online Library ^ | August 7, 2014 | Joe Alcock, Carlo C. Maley and C. Athena Aktipis
    Abstract Microbes in the gastrointestinal tract are under selective pressure to manipulate host eating behavior to increase their fitness, sometimes at the expense of host fitness. Microbes may do this through two potential strategies: (i) generating cravings for foods that they specialize on or foods that suppress their competitors, or (ii) inducing dysphoria until we eat foods that enhance their fitness. We review several potential mechanisms for microbial control over eating behavior including microbial influence on reward and satiety pathways, production of toxins that alter mood, changes to receptors including taste receptors, and hijacking of the vagus nerve, the neural...
  • Doctors [in the U.K.] told to report patients who put on weight

    12/26/2014 12:33:35 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    The Telegraph [UK] ^ | 25 Dec 2014 | Laura Donnelly
    GPs will be asked to identify patients who are putting on weight under a new national programme to help fight obesity. Simon Stevens, the head of the NHS, said it was time for Britain to "get back in shape" in order to protect millions of people from a host of obesity-related diseases. Under the scheme, family doctors will be asked to identify anyone who has gained weight and is at risk of diabetes particularly those aged below 40. They will then be offered tests for pre-diabetes, followed by healthy lifestyle advice and close monitoring to ensure they are eating...
  • Is the EU right to consider obesity a disability?

    12/18/2014 2:36:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:22PM GMT 18 Dec 2014 | Rohan Banerjee
    Hefty Danish child-minder Karsten Kaltoft, who was fired from his job earlier this year because he was too immobile to tie a kids shoelaces, has successfully won his appeal to the European Court of Justice to consider obesity a disability. As a result, new legislation will be drawn for the purposes of equality in the workplace, stating that employers within the EU must treat any overweight members of staff in the same way that they would those with other disabilitiesfor example, priority parking or adapted facilities. Is this ridiculous, or does the EU have a point? To disable means to...
  • Study reveals cops are the most obese workers in America

    12/18/2014 10:51:21 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 66 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Tim MacFarlan
    Along with firefighters and security guards, nearly 41% of police are obese Findings published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine study Slimmest workers are economists, scientists and psychologists Their job is to protect and serve but it seems some police officers interpret this as an excuse to enjoy too many extra servings at the lunch table. A study has revealed US cops have the highest rates of obesity among any profession in the country. Along with firefighters and security guards, nearly 41 per cent of boys in blue are obese, according to a study in the...
  • Health groups fear bill could lead to return of pizza, fries in schools

    12/12/2014 12:47:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    Health advocates are blasting provisions in federal funding legislation that are seen as dialing back school nutrition standards, even as the White House seeks to downplay the riders as minor adjustments to the first ladys signature policy. The bill known as cromnibus, contains language that would allow states to exempt struggling districts from having to offer all whole grain products and eases requirements for schools to reduce sodium levels. Critics who lobbied against more restrictive nutrition rules hailed the language as a win. The American Heart Association, meanwhile, worries the changes will open the door for more legislation that will...
  • Greenfield: Fat Class Warfare

    12/08/2014 5:46:49 AM PST · by Louis Foxwell · 10 replies
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | Sunday, December 07, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Sunday, December 07, 2014 Fat Class Warfare Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog There was a time when fat was in and thin was out. Obesity was the privilege of wealth and being thin meant being poor. In simpler societies, before slumming became a romantic pose, there was nothing attractive about not having enough to eat. To be fat was to be part of the leisure class. Thin meant you were on the road to the poorhouse or to consumption, which meant your body was being consumed, not that you were the one doing the consuming. Then...
  • CEOs representing over 200 major American companies threatening to pull their support of Obamacare

    11/29/2014 12:35:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    * Many CEOs are angry with the Obama administration thanks to three new cases challenging parts of his 'wellness program' * In order to participate in the 'wellness program' and receive a low health care rate under Obamacare, employees must take a physical * Now it is being argued in three cases that forcing someone to take a physical for work violates the Americans with Disabilities Act * The CEOs now have a number of ways they can undermine Obama because of this developmentLeading U.S. CEOs, angered by the Obama administration's challenge to certain 'workplace wellness' programs, are threatening to...
  • Government Studies Sexual Habits Of Obese Girls

    11/29/2014 11:55:43 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 131 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 29, 2014 | Casey Harper
    While most Americans put on a few pounds for Thanksgiving, the federal government has been spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars researching why obese girls don’t have sex.The National Institute for Health grant allocated $466,642 to the Magee-Women’s Research Institute to study the sexual habits of obese girls, including how often they have sex and why they are less likely to use protection when they do.“Obese girls consistently report having fewer dating and sexual experiences, but more sexual risk behaviors [i.e., condom nonuse] once they are sexually active,” the study abstract states.Money from the 2014 study will also be...
  • The 10 Fattest Countries In The World

    11/29/2014 10:34:47 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/29/2014 | Harrison Jacobs
    The number of overweight and obese people has skyrocketed over the past thirty years, jumping from 857 million in 1980 to more than 2 billion in 2013. That's approximately a third of the world's population. In 2010 alone, between 3 and 4 million people died due to complications from obesity. While the United States is often pegged as the standard-bearer for overweight populations, there are more than a few countries tracking close behind. With people in the world becoming more sedentary thanks to desk and computer jobs and more and more gaining access to high calorie, high fat foods like...
  • FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

    11/26/2014 10:28:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Thanks to the FDAs calorie labeling regulations announced Tuesday, major changes will soon be coming to the food and restaurant industries. The regulation itself is nothing new; it became law in 2010 as a provision attached to the Affordable Care Act, but final rules were delayed for the past few years, thanks in large part to heavy opposition from grocery stores, pizza chains, vending machines, convenience stores, and movie theaters. Although some concessions were made, none of these industries were fully spared. By November 2015, these establishments will be forced to post calorie information on menus and menu boards, which...
  • Newly discovered hormone points to potential treatment for obesity, diabetes, NAFLD

    11/22/2014 8:52:21 AM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 21 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/17/14 | University of Michigan
    Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered how a previously unknown hormone serves as a messenger from fat cells to the liver and are investigating the potential of developing a new treatment for metabolic disorders.
  • Obesity Affects Number Of Those Eligible For Military Service (70% ineligible)

    11/21/2014 8:43:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    WJZ-TV ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jessica Kartalija
    Unhealthy eating habits could become an issue of national security. The Department of Defense says that obesity is affecting the number of Americans eligible to serve in the military. Jessica Kartalija reports now theres a push for kids to eat healthier. Recruiting for our military is facing a growing challenge. I am very concerned about the reduced number of men and women who can meet all of the qualifications required to serve in our armed forces, said retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Steven Tomaszeski. Now, retired admirals from Maryland are releasing a report, citing obesity as the number one reason...
  • Former Veep Calls for National Policy on Food [satire]

    11/17/2014 9:27:33 AM PST · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | John Semmens
    Now that global warming has been tamed by record breaking cold spells across the nation, former Vice-President Al Gore is looking for new worlds to conquer. That new world appears to be the establishment of a national policy on food. Under current rules, what a person eats is largely left up to each person to decide, Gore pointed out. Judging from the rates of obesity, it seems clear that the idea that letting individuals choose what to eat is not working. It is way past time that experts in the field of nutrition be given the authority to determine healthier...
  • Feds Spent $10 Million on a Video Game About Escaping a Fat Town

    11/13/2014 7:39:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal government has invested over $10 million developing and promoting a video game about a young teen that must escape a town full of fat people, as a method to fight obesity.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) paid for the development of two video games that promote healthier eating, including “Escape from Diab,” a “nightmare” fictional city where people are only allowed to eat junk food.“The story centers around five children who must get healthy enough to escape the evil King Etes,” explains Archimage, Inc., a computer game company that received $9,091,409 to develop the games. King Etes is...
  • Al Gore: Its Time For A National Policy On Food

    11/12/2014 8:45:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 74 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 10, 2014 | Jim Treacher
    And you’ll never guess why! Well, unless you guessed “global warming,” which is what you did the moment you saw Al Gore’s name. He cannot and will not shut up about it. And I, for one, don’t want him to.Here’s the President of the Environment: It’s time for a national policy on food. Brilliant essay in today’s Washington Post: http://t.co/bvGjpej5wN— Al Gore (@algore) November 9, 2014 If Al Gore thinks it’s brilliant, it must be hilarious. Let’s take a look!
  • Federal Committee: We Need Fat Interventions At Worksites

    11/08/2014 8:54:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 7, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The federal committee charged with creating nutrition guidelines for Americans is calling for fat interventions at workplaces.During a presentation at the sixth meeting of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) on Friday, the committee said government needs to take bold action to fight obesity.The solutions included comprehensive obesity interventions in health care, the community, public health facilities, and work sites.The public should monitor body weight and engage with providers in evidence-based approaches aimed at achieving and maintaining healthy body weight, the panel said in a presentation on Food and Nutrient Intakes, and Health.The committee, which is responsible for creating...
  • USDA Pays $17,500 for College Students to Wear Fat Vests

    10/30/2014 2:04:18 PM PDT · by walford · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is paying a researcher $17,500 to make students at New Mexico State University wear a fat vest for weight sensitivity training. The 20-pound fat vest will be worn for an empathy exercise so non-obese students can experience what it is like to be obese. The premise of the project is to fight weight prejudice. Weight prejudice (a.k.a. anti-fat prejudice and weight bias) is the presence of negative beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors toward individuals who appear to be overweight or obese, a grant awarded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture explains. The grant...