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Evidence of Obesity’s Role in Severe COVID-19 Symptoms Continues to Grow

https://www.wfae.org/health/2021-09-30/novant-says-9-of-10-children-in-covid-icus-are-overweight-but-public-health-officials-rarely-talk-about-obesity As the world grapples with COVID-19, the delta variant, the heightened debate around vaccine effectiveness and government intervention, and the controversy surrounding various treatment options, one constant remains: the correlation between COVID-19 patients suffering from severe symptoms and the prevalence of obesity. The link to this article highlights a pediatrician in North Carolina who …

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Changing the Calories-in/Calories-out Narrative

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/insulin-weight-loss-calories-carbohydrates/2021/09/28/id/1038283/ If you've spent any time trying to lose weight, you've probably heard these well-rehearsed phrases: "To lose weight, you have to consume fewer calories than you burn.""If you're overweight, you're eating too much. Cut back on your calories & add exercise.""The 1st law of thermodynamics applies to food consumption & weight management. It's calories …

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Ultra-Processed Food Accounts for 2/3 of Children’s Calories

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2782866?guestAccessKey=c646e502-898f-443b-8558-d90a74e35415&utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_content=tfl&utm_term=081021 According to the CDC, as of 2018, 19% of children aged 2 - 19 are considered obese, with the percentage of children 12 - 19 (just coming into adulthood) even higher at 21.2%. Childhood obesity was also higher among Hispanic children (25.6%) and non-Hispanic Black children (24.2%). What could be contributing to such an …

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11 Biases in the Latest Ketogenic-Bashing Study

It seems as though trust in the mainstream media, confidence in what governments are doing & saying, and the quality and consistency of recommendations from global organizations based on sound science is at an all-time low. Back in January, a poll by Edelman demonstrated this, and the trend is only becoming worse. Almost 3 months …

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The Link Between Metabolic Syndrome & COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2021/21_0123.htm A few days ago the CDC published findings detailing underlying medical conditions of hundreds of thousands of U.S. patients who were hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The data was from the period of March, 2020 - March, 2021, from 800 hospitals, and included adults 18 years and older. Here's a synopsis of the key …

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The Dish About Meat

https://foodinstitute.com/focus/despite-the-rise-of-plant-based-alternatives-meat-department-sales-up-19-in-2020/ The latest data on meat sales from 2020 shows robust growth vs. previous year at +19.2%. This is impressive given the amount of visibility, news coverage and distribution expansion of plant-based meat substitute products. Consumer attitudes toward meat consumption is also interesting to note, as those defining themselves at "meat eaters" actually declined from …

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Weight, Not So Fast?

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/diet-fasting-calorie-counting-weight-loss/2021/06/16/id/1025358/ Anyone who has tried to lose weight is familiar with the old advice to manage calories-in vs. calories-out. The thinking is all calories are equal, so in order to lose weight, you just have to reduce your caloric intake below your caloric expenditure (or calories burned) and weight will begin to shed from the …

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To My Dad on Father’s Day

Today is Father's Day, 2021, a well-earned time to recognize, thank and remember how critical of a role it is to be a Father. Hopefully, most will have the chance to spend quality time with their Father or Dad, and thank them for their love, care and support. For me, today is my first Father's …

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Nestlé’s Unhealthy Admission

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/nestlé-document-says-majority-of-its-food-portfolio-is-unhealthy/46664032 Global CPG conglomerate Nestlé has admitted that at least 60% of their food/drink products "do not meet a recognized definition of health." In fact, based on the Australian Health Star system, only 37% of Nestlé's food and beverage products meet a 3.5 rating or higher. It's important to remember Nestlé is a global leader …

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Energy Drink Awareness

Energy drinks have become a growth juggernaut in the beverage world. With a 10.5% growth rate in the previous year and almost half of consumers drinking them doing so several times per week, the trends are very favorable in this sector. In fact, according to Statista, global energy drink sales are projected to grow from …

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The Importance of Data Integrity

We have more sources of data and "news" today than ever before. But, as with all great power comes great responsibility, so we need to ensure we are applying critical thinking skills around all this available information. When reviewing a "study" or evaluating a data set or news item, consider the following: How robust is …

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Pre-Diabetes Risks for Heart Disease

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/prediabetes-heart-attack-stroke-odds/2021/05/05/id/1020200/ Pre-Diabetes & Insulin Resistance According to the CDC, 88 million Americans have a condition known as pre-diabetes, the precursor to Type II Diabetes. Pre-diabetes is where the body has elevated blood sugar levels and cells are becoming more resistant to insulin successfully transporting the blood sugar into cells for storage. When the body's normal …

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How to Reverse Type II Diabetes & Obesity

COVID-19's rampage on the world's population has had one profound effect that may begin to shift our global health and wellness mindset. If you have not read or watched a news article about the appalling increase in diabetes cases around the world, and how the huge majority of these cases are preventable by diet and …

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Another Casualty of the Smartphone War

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lg-elec-smartphones-idUSKBN2BS1M3 There was a big announcement in technology this week, with South Korea's LG announcing they will shut down their smartphone business effective July, 2021, and shift their investment and focus toward smart home products, electric vehicle components, robotics, artificial intelligence, business-to-business products and other connected devices. So, what happened? A Quick History of the Smartphone …

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Can Processed Foods Adversely Affect the Immune System?

Processed food continues to be of topical news coverage as we deal with an epidemic of heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity related to dietary choices. As if you needed another reason to avoid processed food, a new study suggests that common additives can also harm the human immune system. In the world driven …

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