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Europe’s Obesity Problem

At the recent 2022 European Congress on Obesity, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared obesity rates in Europe have reached epidemic proportions, and that COVID-19 was a key contributor in making the obesity trend worse. https://www.gbnews.uk/news/who-declares-obesity-in-europe-has-reached-epidemic-proportions-after-covid-19-made-things-worse/286184?utm_source=ground.news&utm_medium=referral In North America, we tend to think of Europeans as generally healthier & less obese, but that perception may …

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Understanding the Role & Cause of Inflammation

Here's a new flash. We have a chronic disease & inflammation problem, and it's getting worse. How bad is it? Even the CDC is alarmed: 60% of the U.S. Population has one chronic disease40% of the U.S. Population has at least two chronic diseases75% of COVID-19 deaths were among patients who had at least four …

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A Ketogenic Hat Trick

How many times have you heard the term "fad diet?" It seems like every year there is a new miracle way to lose weight, improve metabolic health and achieve a leaner physique. If I had $1 for every time someone mentioned the ketogenic diet and "fad diet" in the same sentence, I would be comfortably …

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Diabetes: A Dire Direction

https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/diabetes-death-america/2022/01/31/id/1054720/ You can’t exercise your way out of a bad dietDR. MARK HYMAN In January 2022, the National Clinical Care Commission issued their report to Congress & the Secretary of Health & Human Services on the pathway to prevent and control diabetes, and better manage complications. For a link to download and read the full report, …

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Reduce the Comorbidities, Reduce the COVID-19 Risk

Since the start of COVID-19, http://www.business-fit.org has been sounding the alarm about how our collective poor health, growing obesity & metabolic disorders, and poor dietary choices have been creating highly inflammatory conditions and contributing mightily to those who have suffered severe symptoms. Now, the CDC is officially confirming what we've suspected all along. In a …

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Questioning the U.S. News Best Diets of 2022 Ranking

Happy New Year! 2022 is off to an auspicious start: (1) The more contagious but less severe omicron COVID-19 variant runs wild: (2) Governments take draconian measures to enforce vaccine compliance; (3) New Year's Resolutions around health & wellness take center stage, as people begin the new year with a renewed sense of adherence to …

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Can Artificial Sweeteners Contribute to Insulin Resistance?

As consumers seek ways to improve their dietary behaviors, one area that continues to be controversial is the role of artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweetening ingredients such as saccharine, sucralose, monk fruit, stevia leaf & allulose are added to a wide range of foods to offer a sweet treat without the guilt. But are they really …

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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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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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