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And Your Dog’s Fat, Too!

Fresh on the report that the United States has made the list of the “10 Fattest Countries” – that is countries with the highest percentage of people that are obese…

Comes the report that all this pulchritudinous living is affecting fido and Fritz as well!

Animals Face Obesity Epidemic, Too

America is suffering from anobesity epidemic—and not just among the humans. A new study of more than 20,000 animals shows that even family pets, wild critters that live close to humans, and research animals are getting fatter, Scientific American reports. The biostatistician who published the study looked at weight changes in eight different species including primates and rodents in research centers, pet cats and dogs, and urban rats. They’re all packing on the pounds.

“Now, we don’t know why these increases occurred, but it invites some very interesting speculation,” he says. Unhealthy food and lack of exercise are blamed for the human problem, “but maybe there are other things that are important—because those things can’t be acting on the marmosets, or the rats and mice in the National Toxicology Program.” One theory is that it’s something in the water, literally: maybe toxins that are messing up the endocrine system of humans and animals alike. Future studies may explore the possibility.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in General, Nawwwwww!

 

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BBC – Booty Will Affect Your Mind…And Hers!

OK Playas, that phat booty may be making you lose your mind…

but it is making her lose hers.

Making you lose you mind… And Hers!

Big hips ‘impair’ women’s memory, a study finds

Although carrying excess weight anywhere appears to impair older women’s brains, carrying it on the hips may make matters worse, they say.

The Northwestern Medicine team found “apple-shaped” women fared better than “pears” on cognitive tests.

But depositing fat around the waist increases the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, experts warn.

They said the findings, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, highlighted the importance of maintaining a healthy weight for both body and mind.

Some of the health risks associated with obesity, such as vascular disease and inflammation, may explain why people who are overweight appear to be at higher risk of dementia.

However, the latest study suggests a bit of extra fat around the waist may actually protect brain functioning.

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The researchers believe belly fat makes more of the female hormone oestrogen that naturally dips after the menopause.

Oestrogen is thought to help protect the brain from cognitive decline.

The study involved 8,745 post-menopausal women aged 65 to 79.

These women were asked to complete a memory test that doctors use to judge brain function. They were also weighed and measured, then scored on an obesity scale known as Body Mass Index or BMI. Over two-thirds of the women were overweight or obese.

The researchers found that for every one point increase in a woman’s BMI, her memory score dropped by one point.

And pear-shaped women – those with smaller waists but bigger hips – scored particularly poorly.

The researchers say this is likely to be related to the type of fat deposited around the hips versus the waist.

Scientists already know different kinds of fat release different hormones and have varying effects on insulin resistance, lipids and blood pressure.

Lead researcher Dr Diana Kerwin said: “We need to find out if one kind of fat is more detrimental than the other, and how it affects brain function.

“The fat may contribute to the formation of plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease or a restricted blood flow to the brain.”

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said: “The pear-shape is incredibly common, and while this study doesn’t explain fully the link between body shape and brain function, it surely makes the case for watching the scales.

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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Ain’t Gonna Bump No More…

This one is amazing… You guys who are in to “thick” women better think about this!

Study: Obese Women Have Less Sex, More Babies

Obese women are having less sex and more unwanted pregnancies, according to a study released today.

Sounds like a contradiction, but French researchers in the British Medical Journal explain that obese women – those with a body mass index greater than 30 – report having fewer sexual partners and less sex in general, but were less inclined to seek out contraception or talk to their doctors about reproductive health.

The study found obese women were less likely to use oral contraception, and more likely to rely on less effective birth control methods, such as withdrawal. Not surprisingly, the obese women surveyed had four times as many unplanned pregnancies.

Dr. Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, a specialist in psychosexual medicine at a London sexual health clinic, said physicians must talk to obese women about birth control. “Doctors need to get over their own embarrassment and ask the difficult questions,” she said.

Goldbeck-Wood was not involved in the study but wrote an accompanying editorial in the British Medical Journal.

Researchers found that obese men didn’t do well either. During five years of the study, they were 10 times more likely to catch a sexually transmitted disease than their thinner counterparts and more than twice as likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction.

To get their results, experts interviewed nearly 10,000 French men and women aged 18 to 69 about their sexual experiences and analyzed the results based on their Body Mass Index (BMI).

People with a BMI of 18-24 are considered to have a healthy weight. Those with a BMI of 25 or above are considered overweight, and people with a BMI of 30 or more are classified as obese.

In the United States, two thirds of the population is considered overweight or obese, according to Reuters.

You know it’s comin’!

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in Nawwwwww!

 

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New National Security Threat… School Lunches? Too Fat to Fight!

Supersized - And Not Ready for Duty

School Lunches Are a Threat to National Security, Retired Officials Say

Unhealthy school lunches pose a threat to national security, according to a group of retired military leaders.

Leaving 27 percent of young adults “too fat to fight,” childhood obesity is jeopardizing military recruitment, according to a report released Tuesday by the non-profit group Mission: Readiness.

The 130-plus retired military leaders making up the organization is joining together to battle the obesity epidemic on the school front.

While putting cafeteria fare on the level of a national security threat may be “dramatic,” “it’s not entirely unjustified” considering how much students eat during the school day, said Karen Glanz, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine and Nursing.

In the report, the retirees called for less junk food in schools, better nutrition programs for kids and overall better funding for federally provided school lunches. The group also appeared on Capitol Hill Tuesday with Sen. Richard Lugar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to show their support for new legislation on the issue pending in congress.

“Since 1995, the proportion of recruits who failed their physical exams because they were overweight has risen by nearly 70 percent,” said Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

A few of the highlights of Michelle Obama’s Fight Against Child Obeisity Campaign –

— The FDA will work with foodmakers to make labels more “customer friendly.” The beverage industry will start putting calorie information on the front of its products.

— The American Academy of Pediatrics will encourage doctors to monitor children’s body mass index, a calculation of height and weight used to measure body fat.

— The Obama administration will ask Congress to spend $10 billion over the next decade to give schools more money to serve healthier food.

— $400 million in tax breaks will be proposed to encourage grocery stores to move into “food deserts,” areas with little access to nutritious food.

— Children will be encouraged to exercise an hour a day.

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2010 in News

 

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