In the obesity war, the pear shape loses ground

  • Article by: Warren Wolfe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 2:07 PM

Pear-shaped? Apple-shaped? On the front lines of fighting fat, doctors say new research on body type will help them combat dangerous weight.

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Wally_99Feb. 22, 13 5:46 PM

The mainstream media's OCD towards covering obesity is getting to be absurd. There are numerous more important stories to cover over the long haul.

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svictoriaFeb. 22, 1310:54 PM

Don't eat out, cook at home, learn to read nutritional labels, ditch the TV - use that extra time for a 30 minute daily walk - and you will be healthier.

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u4775Feb. 23, 1311:07 AM

Calories in and calories out is not always the answer. A study in China proved that the wrong gut bacteria can cause obesity. And with the overuse of antibiotics we all have an opportunity of reestablishing the wrong strains of bacteria. Bacteria produce waste products or toxins, these can be benign or deadly. Now we are seeing evidence they can be disruptive too. In the Chinese study, forcing a special diet to rid the body of Enterobactor caused the individual to lose 1/3 of his body weight w/o any exercise whatsoever because the Enterobactor toxins were disrupting his fat metabolism. This is research that needs to be ramped up.

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monica1872Feb. 23, 1311:22 AM

Yet Sen against trots out the tired simplistic solution that 'it's a simple matter of calories in, and calories out' which has been repeatedly disproved by numerous medical studies. The relationship between diet, exercise, and stress hormones is very complicated. One does not exercise in order to 'burn off' that last french frie you ate, it's more a matter of regular exercise changing and improving the biochemical efficiency of your metabolism. And not everyones weight problem is entirely the result of 'eating themselves fat'. Stress hormones like cortisol ( especially active in woman) are often increased during menopause and are often triggered by fears such grinding poverty and can dramatically decrease the efficiency of ones metabolism. Another reason why obesity is more tied to economic status than say, personal willpower issues. If you are well off and do not have to worry about eviction, foreclosure, etc. and have enough money to always afford the healthy food that we all know we should eat, then you are much more likely to be thin. I'd recommend "Why We Are Fat", and "Good Calories/ Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes for a fascinating history of weight loss theory in this country and abroad. Very well researched.

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