Four Ways Parents Can Learn How To Prevent Obesity In Their Children

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Joseph

Childhood obesity has become a national epidemic, affecting 17% of American adolescents. As these young people mature into obese adults, it will further strain the health and productivity of the nation. In this article, we'll look at some of the causes of childhood obesity and ways that parents can set examples for a healthy lifestyle.

 

Causes Of Childhood Obesity

Kids don't simply become fat overnight. The two most common causes of childhood obesity are physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Society plays a huge role in this problem. Advertisements aimed at young consumers is commonplace. The sponsors of children's television programs often feature sweetened cereal and fast food advertisements, placing particular emphasis on friendships that can develop from eating together.

In reality those commercials are playing on group psychology via the bandwagon effect - when most people are doing something you should, too. When young people are constantly presented with images of other adolescents eating high calorie foods they'll become convinced that what they're seeing as natural behavior. This problem becomes amplified when they see classmates and peers overeating.

Government health officials point to the fact that many public school children have access to high calorie foods; some common places are vending machines, sporting events and fundraisers. With a limited number of options available to them, it's easy to understand why they may overconsume high calorie foods.

Parental involvement can't be overlooked. Lots of fat kids have fat parents. Parents who don't monitor what they eat are going to have a very difficult time setting proper nutrition examples for their children. Children learn by example and often emulate the behavior of adults. Which brings us to the next and most important section: what can parents do about obesity?

 

What Parents Can Do To Prevent Childhood Obesity

Parents can make healthy lifestyle a family tradition. First and foremost they must take a pro-active approach to the problem. Here are some common examples:

  1. Talking with your child. Child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline suggests a love-logic approach wherein parents and children have a gentle, productive conversation about overeating. When families participate in meaningful dialogue they develop a greater appreciation for each other, the exercise also teaches problem solving skills that the child can use to make better decisions about eating. In my opinion, part of this dialogue should include helping your child to remember that they have value in the eyes of God and to take comfort in Him rather than food.
  2. Paying close attention to the foods your child is eating and advertising strategies. Older adolescents are often allowed to purchase some of their own food items. Nonetheless parents should pay attention to the foods their children buy, encouraging them to look for healthier alternatives. Likewise, they should point out to their children that TV commercials featuring young people eating high calorie foods will become sick if they overeat.
  3. Participating in family recreation events. Families that play together stay together. Families can choose physical activities that promote team work and cooperation. Football, flying disk toss, and baseball are just a few of the many sports activities that families can do together.
  4. Encourage positive thinking. Confident, happy people tend to be healthier than people whom are unhappy (read my article "Be Happy To Be Alive" for more information on this topic). Parents should encourage their children to see the good within themselves and to never use food as a crutch against their problems.

The obesity epidemic is not irreversible, parents and children can turn the tide when they make a commitment to do so.

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Kwik Trip, Inc. Recalls Kitchen Cravings Strawberry and Mixed Berry Parfaits Because Of Undeclared Peanuts

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According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Kwik Trip, Inc. of La Crosse, Wisconsin has announced that it is recalling Kitchen Cravings Strawberry and Mixed Berry Parfaits in an 8.25 oz. cup because they might contain undeclared traces of peanuts.  

People whom are allergic to peanuts risk serious or life-threatening illness if they eat this product.

The Kitchen Cravings Strawberry Parfait is an 8.25 oz. cup, with UPC CODE 3977918435. The Kitchen Cravings Mixed Berry Parfait is an 8.25 oz. cup, with UPC CODE 3977918436; both products were sold at Kwik Trip convenience stores Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin with a sell by date on or before 7/31/2016.

The company said the problem has been corrected and that there have been no adverse reactions connected with these products.

Kwik Trip, Inc. said the recall was initiated after peanut was discovered in granola mix from an outside supplier.

"On July 21, 2016 Kwik Trip, Inc. became aware of this situation and have removed all Kitchen Cravings Strawberry and Mixed Berry Parfaits from their Retail location due to the undeclared allergen." the company posted on the FDA website.

Kwik Trip, Inc. said consumers who are allergic to peanuts and bought the Strawberry or Mixed Berry Parfait cups on or before 7/21/2016 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at 608-781-8988, the line is open 24 hours a day.

 

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Starway Inc. Recalls Peony Mark Brand Biscuits Because of Undeclared Milk and Unallowed Color

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According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Starway Incorporated, of 137 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11237, has announced that it is recalling Peony Mark Brand Biscuits because of undeclared milk and unallowed color Ponceau 4R (E124). 

People whom are allergic or sensitive to milk risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if the eat this product.

Peony Mark Brand Biscuits, a Chinese product, is distributed in uncoded and heat-sealed 6 oz. plastic bags.The product is distributed nationwide.

"The recall was initiated after routine sampling by NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets Food Inspectors and subsequent analysis of the product by Food Laboratory personnel revealed the presence of undeclared milk and unallowed color Ponceau 4R (E124) which were not declared on the label."

The company said that to date, there have not been any reported illnesses in connection to the problem.

Starway Incorporated said that consumers who bought the recalled product should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 718-417-1788.

 

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House of Smoke Recalls Wild Boar Brotwurst Because Nitrite Levels Are In Excess Of Regulatory Limit

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The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that House of Smoke, Inc., an establishment in Ft. Lupton, Colorado is recalling approximately 4,692 pounds of Wild Boar Brotwurst products because  nitrite levels in excess of the regulatory limit of regulatory limits.

The FSIS has designated this a Class II Recall of Low Health Risk.

The Smoked Wild Boar Brotwurst products with the following lot numbers are subject to recall: 

  • 517240
  • 515160
  • 517160
  • 518070
  • 514080
  • 511380
  • 518090
  • 517001
  • 513211
  • 512221
  • 614110
  • 616210
  • 614050
  • 618150
  • 616060
  • 613160
  • 617070
  • 612170

The recalled items were produced and packed on various dates from April 27, 2015 to July 12, 2016.

The recalled Smoked Wild Boar Brotwurst products bear establishment number “EST. 6273” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The USDA said FSIS personnel discovered the problem during a routine label verification task.

"FSIS discovered that the establishment’s formulation for the use of sodium nitrite, a restricted ingredient, exceeded the regulatory limit." the USDA posted on their website.

The USDA said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating the recalled items. They suggest that anyone with concerns about injury or illness to contact a healthcare provider.

The USDA asks consumers who purchased the recalled products not to consume them, they recommend throwing the products away or returning the products to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact James Barsness, President at (303) 857-2750.

 

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Quick Easy Dinner Recipes: Garden Meatloaf and Low Fat Mashed Potatoes

Quick Easy Dinner Recipes: Garden Meatloaf and Low Fat Mashed Potatoes

Submitted by: Brandy Summers

When you’ve only got a few minutes to cook dinner and you don’t want to eat preservative laden pre-cooked meals, having a traditional meatloaf and mashed potatoes dinner is a great choice for a quick easy dinner meal.

Making an investment in several packages of ground beef, while shopping at your local supermarket, is a good idea as well. If you can catch a sale on beef, that’s even better. This way, when you need to put together a quick meal, you always know you can grab the ground beef and make a meatloaf.

This recipe for Garden Meatloaf uses a total of six ingredients. All you need is two pounds of ground beef, a small onion, some brown sugar, one egg, a jar of salsa and some dry bread crumbs. Most of these ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen or pantry.

You should also invest in a couple of loaf pans to make baking your meatloaf a piece of cake. You’ll create a mildly spicy loaf that is pretty tasty. This loaf takes about an hour to bake.

=> Garden Meatloaf

1-1/2 pounds ground beef chuck, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, beaten, 1 (15 oz.) jar chunky salsa, 1-1/2 cups dry bread crumbs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9x5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine the beef chuck, onion, brown sugar, egg, salsa and bread crumbs. Mix thoroughly with a large spoon or your hands.

Place the meatloaf mixture into the loaf pan; gently press down. Bake for one hour, or until the loaf is firm and lightly browned. Take loaf out of the oven and let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

When having meatloaf, it’s hard not to think of having mashed potatoes as a side dish. Meatloaf just seems to taste better with fluffy potatoes. Since our Garden Meatloaf is pretty lean and healthy, we will continue this healthy theme to our mashed potatoes.

To save time, you can make the mashed potatoes while the meatloaf is in the oven cooking. These Low Fat Mashed Potatoes have a total of seven ingredients: baking potatoes, shallots, yogurt, salt and pepper, nutmeg and butter.

=> Low Fat Mashed Potatoes

2 pounds of baking potatoes, peeled and quartered, 2 large shallots, thinly sliced, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, dash of nutmeg (optional), 1-1/2 cup of butter, cut into 4 slices.

In a large saucepan, add in all of the quartered potatoes and the sliced shallots. Add enough cold water to the pan to cover the potatoes by one inch. Add in 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Bring potatoes to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover the pan and cook the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are tender. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Drain the potatoes in a colander.

Return the potatoes and shallots to the pan and mash with a potato masher, until nice and smooth. With an electric mixer on medium setting, beat in the yogurt and enough of the reserved cooking water to make potatoes smooth and fluffy.

Beat in the remaining salt, pepper and nutmeg. If you wish to make the potatoes warm for serving, cook them over low heat, stirring occasionally, until they’re nice and hot. Serve with butter.

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Your Body Is Precious – Make It A Priority

Your Body Is Precious – Make It A Priority

Submitted by: Susan Megge

If you were told that you could earn one million dollars simply by spending an hour each day working on a farm, would you do it? Let’s say you were offered free tickets – the best in the house – for your favorite artist, and a subsequent visit with that person if you would simply put five hours per week into something you’re not particularly fond of. Would you be tempted? My guess is that you answered yes to both of these questions.

My next question, then, is why wouldn’t you invest as much time in order to look good, feel good and very likely add longevity and an astonishing amount of quality to your life? I’m often quite surprised by the reluctance of so many women to commit to a regular regimen of exercise. It’s so very easy and there’s nothing negative that results in fitness, yet the majority of women simply have no desire to put a little effort toward doing so much good for their bodies, as well as their minds.

Most of us spend our days doing for others and we’re all entitled to some “me” time. While lounging on a couch may sound all too appealing for many women, believe it or not, with the right attitude, exercise can be even more appealing. If you take a moment to think about the benefits of a regular fitness schedule you may very possibly make the necessary adjustments to fit exercise into your daily routine.

Think very carefully about what it is that you get out of relaxing on the sofa for an hour or so. Yes, it may feel good for that short period of time, but is your relaxation time contributing to your self-esteem? Is it giving you a long-term burst of energy? Are you burning calories? Is your body showing any physical signs of improvement, such as lost inches or toned thighs? Nope! Nada! The only positive result of sitting during your “me” time is that you can say “Gosh, that felt good.”

By using valuable time for yourself being physically inactive, you’re actually creating potential problems – both physically and mentally. If you’re not regularly active – and I do mean through exercising with weight resistance to build muscle – you’re losing muscle mass, lacking energy and gaining fat. All of these results can lead to a very unhealthy state of mind, as well as numerous physical conditions.

So, step it up and get to the gym. Pretend that you stand to earn that million dollars or those great concert tickets. In reality, what you’re really gaining is so much more because you can’t put a price on physical and emotional fitness, beauty and overall good health.

About the Author: Susan Megge is the founder of http://www.40isbeautiful.com, a website designed to assist women as they approach the years leading to menopause. Susan, a health and fitness expert started experiencing symptoms of menopause several years ago and researched various avenues to deal with these symptoms naturally.

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Bar-S Foods Company Recalls Chicken and Pork Hot Dog and Corn Dog Products Because Of Possible Listeria Contamination

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Joseph

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Bar-S Foods Company, an establishment in Altus, Oklahoma is recalling approximately 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 16-oz/1-lb. packages of “BAR-S Classic BUN LENGTH Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with “Use By” date of 10/11/2016 and case code 209.
  • 12-oz. packages of “BAR-S CLASSIC Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with package code 6338, “Use By” date of 10/10/2016 and case code 6405.
  • 24-oz./1.5-lb. cartons of “SIGNATURE Pick 5 CORNDOGS – 8 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with a “Use By” date of 4/6/2017 and case code 6071.
  • 42.72-oz./2.67-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with “Use By” dates of 4/7/2017 and 4/8/2017 and case code 6396.
  • 48-oz./3-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with package code 14054, “Use By” dates of 4/6/2017 and 4/9/2017, and case code 14038.

The ready-to-eat, chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog items were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2016.

The recalled items were shipped to retail locations nationwide. They bear establishment number “EST. P-81A” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The USDA said that on July 19, 2016 Bar-S Foods notified FSIS’ Dallas District Office of its intention to recall five chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that could potentially be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. Bar-S Foods hasn't received test results for Listeria monocytogenes in connection with the recalled products, but due to recurring Listeria species issues at the firm, as a precautionary measure, it has decided to remove the products from commerce. 

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious or life-threatening illness in the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, frail persons and young children. The bacteria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Others who become infected with the bacteria may experience the following symptoms:

  • muscle aches
  • headache
  • fever
  • stiff neck
  • confusion
  • diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms
  • convulsions
  • loss of balance

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.

"Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food." the USDA said.

FSIS and Bar-S Foods are concerned that some of the product may be frozen and in consumers freezers.

The FSIS urges people who bought the recalled products not to eat them, they suggest that consumers discard the products or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call the Bar-S Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-965-6134.

 

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

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Theo Chocolate Issues Voluntary Recall Of Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate Bars Due To Undeclared Milk

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According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Theo Chocolate of Seattle, Washington announced that is voluntarily recalling 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars because the product may contain undeclared milk. 

People who are allergic or sensitive to milk risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat this product.

According to the posting, the Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars have the affected lot 3037431 and the expiration date 05/2017 and they are found on the back side of the bar.

The company said the Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars are wrapped in a white paper envelope, weighs 3 oz., UPC is 8 74492 00170 4, and stored at room temperature.

Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate was distributed to retail stores in:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Iowa
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Florida
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • Texas

"The voluntary recall was initiated after the firm received a consumer complaint and discovered that the actual product inside the wrapper was milk salted almond bar and it contains milk. This product was mis-labeled as Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate and did not reveal the presence of milk." the company posted on the FDA website.

The company said that no illnesses have been reported to date.

Theo Chocolate urges customers who are allergic or sensitive to milk not to eat this product and to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Theo Chocolate at 1-206-632-5100 x1001 from 8:30am until 5:30pm PST, Monday-Friday.

Theo Chocolate said the recall is being conducted with the full knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

 

 

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ConAgra Foods Expands Recall Of PF Chang's Frozen Chicken And Frozen Beef Entree Products Recall Due To Metal Fragments

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The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that ConAgra Foods, an establishment in Russellville, Arkansas is recalling approximately 195,597 pounds of frozen chicken and beef entrée products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal. This is an expansion of the initial July 6, 2016 recall of 3,806 pounds of product. 

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The FSIS says the metal fragments are embedded in the sauce contained in the frozen food products and range in size from 2 and 9 millimeters (mm) in diameter, and are curled, malleable and shiny. 

The recalled frozen chicken and beef entrée items were produced on various dates between May 31, 2016 and June 22, 2016.

The products subject to recall are:

  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Signature Spicy Chicken” with “Use By” date of 6/08/17 and case code 5006616500.

  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Mongolian Style Beef” with “Use By” date of 6/17/17 and case code 5006617400.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Mongolian Style Beef” with “Use By” date of 6/1/17 and case code 5006615800.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Beef with Broccoli” with “Use By” date of 6/4/17 and case code 5006616100.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sweet & Sour Chicken” with “Use By” date of 6/3/17 and case code 5006616000.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu General Chang’s Chicken” with “Use By” date of 6/3/17 and case code 5006616000.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Garlic Chicken with Dan Dan Noodles” with “Use By” date of 6/8/17 and case code 5006616500.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein Noodles” with “Use By” date of 6/10/17 and case code 5006616700.
  • 22-oz. plastic bagged meal packages of “P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Signature Spicy Chicken” with “Use By” date of 5/26/17 and case code 5006615200.

These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations nationwide. The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. 233” or “EST. P-115” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

"The problem was initially discovered on July 1, 2016, when an establishment employee observed metal fragments while dispensing sugar from a supplier for sauce formulation during processing. The resulting sauce is a component in the frozen entrée products. On July 14, 2016, ConAgra Foods was notified by the supplier of an FDA recall involving multiple production lots of sugar due to potential metal contamination. The recall action involved additional lots of sugar potentially used in FSIS regulated products at ConAgra Foods, and resulted in this expansion of the initial recall action." according to the posting on the USDA's website.

The USDA said there have been no reports of illness or injury connected with this recall; they suggest that people concerned about injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

The USDA asks people not to eat the recalled items, they should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact 1-800-252-0634.

 

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The Healthy Obese Is A Myth - Being Overweight Will Kill You

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Nearly six years ago, I published The Healthy Obese? Don't Bet Your Life On It which was a criticism of the extremely dangerous conception that people can be healthy and obese simultaneously. Six years later, new research shows that obesity can be quite deadly. Hopefully this will serve as a wake up call to anyone who still wants to believe that its physiologically healthy to carry around excess body fat.

Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of approximately 10.6 million people residing on four continents, and published their findings in the Lancet. They learned that overweight and obese people suffered from all cause mortality. All cause essentially means that these people died from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, stroke, obesity related respiratory disease, etc.

None of this should be taken lightly.

The research paper, prepared by The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration, sought to understand more about mortality in obese and overweight populations. Therefore they analyzed hundreds of studies involving approximately 11 million people across North America, east Asia, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.

Their findings are astounding. During nearly 14 years of follow up, more than one million people died. In an analysis of 237 studies involving 10 622 450 participants, the researchers noted that 1 601 774 people died from all cause mortality.

The results of 189 studies involving 3, 951, 455 participants, showed that approximately 400,000 of them passed away. At the time of their recruitment, those people had never smoked and did not suffer from chronic diseases, even though they survived the first five years of the study, 385, 879 of them eventually died.

In a word, that's pretty sad.

 

Obesity Is Going To Kill You Sooner Or Later

There is no doubt that obesity related illnesses killed those people.

The authors said their findings challenge conclusions that overweight (BMI 25.0 - < 30 kg/m2 ) and slightly obese people (BMI 30 - <35.0 kg/m2 ) were healthy.

In fact, analyses by The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration showed that morality was lowest among people with a body mass index (BMI) ranging from 20.0 - 25.0 kg/m2 but that the number of deaths increased "significantly" for those with BMI 18.5 - <20.0 kg/m2 and throughout the range of overweight participants (BMI 25.0 - 30.0 kg/m2 ). Participants with BMI exceeding 30 kg/m2 were also highly susceptible to obesity related mortality.

The research team noted that mortality risk was greatest among younger participants compared to older people in each of the major regions they studied. But I wouldn't interpret that to mean that older people are less likely to perish from obesity. Quite the opposite - the reason why mortality decreased with age is because many of the participants died before they reached old age!

What can be said of this? Why is excess body fat so unhealthy?

In a nutshell, excess body fat has the potential to throw the entire system out of whack.

But that answer won't be enough to satisfy some folks. So I'm going to present you with supporting examples. Get ready for a shock.

Visceral body fat - the fat which accumulates in and around the heart, lungs, spleen, liver and other organs - can impede their function.

Fat cells release chemical messengers known as cytokines. These chemicals can trigger inflammation. Inflammation is painful. But even worse, inflammatory cytokines have the power to turn on uncontrolled cellular growth i.e. cancer.

Excessive body fat weakens bones. It also makes life very uncomfortable for arthritis sufferers.

Excess fat makes it incredibly difficult to breath. Sleep apnea, a physical condition wherein people intermittently stop breathing during sleep, is often correlated with obesity.

Obesity is also known to aggravate asthmatic symptoms.

Obesity and diabetes often go hand in hand. People who suffer from insulin resistance tend to be overweight or obese. The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration noted as much in their meta-analysis. But there is scientific data supporting a relationship between diabetes, air pollution and heart disease risk. Indeed research coming from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston found a connection between air pollution and increased risk of heart disease among diabetic women.

There are ample studies that show a relationship between obesity and heart disease. Allthough too numerous to discuss in this article, and important study from conducted by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity found that overweight and obese American teens were at risk for at least one cardiovascular disease factor; even worse, the heaviest teens were at greatest risk for cardiovascular disease.

Obesity also increases stroke risk.  Diabetes increases risk of stroke as does high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Obese and overweight people tend suffer from high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

You're beginning to get the picture. One way or another, excess body fat is connected to each of the aforementioned maladies.

Therefore, it's absolutely dangerous underestimate the risks that being overweight or obese can do to the human body.

 

What Can Be Done?

The safest and most effective means of shedding the excess pounds is to change lifestyle habits. Fat accumulation is often the end result of an energy imbalance. Quite simply, most folks whom are overweight or obese eat more calories than they expend. Choosing to eat healthy foods and participate in physical exercise will help most people.

But for other people, the problem may require greater intervention. Hormonal imbalances and even medicinal side effects can cause people to gain weight. In such instances, health care professionals will have to take other steps to help their patients lose weight.

Some people may even find weight loss surgery effective.

Regardless of the method, exercise, nutrition, surgery, etc. it is vital to seek medical advice before making any changes.

Based on the result of their findings, The Global BMI Mortality Collaboration said:"The associations of both overweight and obesity with higher all-cause mortality were broadly consistent in four continents. This finding supports strategies to combat the entire spectrum of excess adiposity in many populations."

I agree. Obesity is a global epidemic; if steps aren't taken to reverse the problem, we can expect millions more to be killed by it.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

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Health Benefits of Corn | Benefits of Eating Corn | Sweet Corn and Health Benefits of Sweet Corn

Health Benefits of Corn | Benefits of Eating Corn | Sweet Corn and Health Benefits of Sweet Corn

Submitted by: Medico News

Corn, one of the most popular and versatile vegetables, is also a good source of several nutrients. Corn is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place on any healthy table. These high-fiber, fat-fighting kernels of goodness are also hearty and satisfying.

Corn is a decent source of vitamin B1, B5, C, E, folic acid,magnesium and phosphorus. It is considered to be low in protein, due to the minimal content of the amino acids lysine and tryptophan. On the

contrary, it is a good source of complex carbohydrate, fiber,and healthful essential fatty acids.

The various flavonoids and carotenes contained in corn, are responsible for the different colors of its different varieties.The colors valued by Native Americans include, pink, black, red, and blue. There were also some that had stripes and spots. Yellow corn is high in the carotenoid, lutein. The lutein in yellow corn and yellow corn food products can protect against heart disease and macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is a condition of the eye which is typically seen in older age.

Health Benefits of Corn :

Corn is a body building food.

1. Corn is helpful in kidney problems including renal dysfunction. Eat everyday a soft and boiled corn. For other kidney problem; boil 4 tsp. of cornsilk in 21/2 cups of water for 20 mins. Strain and allow to cool. Drink ½ cup every 4 hours.

2. Corn bran is a heart protector, when eaten everyday it can lower cholesterol in the body. The soluble fiber in corn binds with cholesterol in bile from the liver. It then passes from the body taking the cholesterol with it.

3. Cornstarch can prevent diaper rash.

Other Cases wherein Corn is Beneficial :

* Anemia

* Constipation

* Gout – boil 2 fresh cobs in 4 cups of water for 45 minutes, then strain and allow to cool. Place in the refrigerator. Drink one cup three times a day. Once there is relief, reduce your intake to one cup a day.

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Nutrients

Corn is very good source of vitamin B1 (thiamine). It’s a good source of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamins C and E, folic acid, dietary fiber, essential fatty acids, and the minerals magnesium and phosphorus.

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Glycemic Index (GI)

In a study to determine an estimation of the GI of various foods, it was concluded that sweet corn has a medium GI of 60.

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Eye Health

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study suggests antioxidants may delay the advance of age-related macular degeneration.

Yellow corn is rich in the carotenoid lutein, a phytochemical with antioxidant properties that can lower the risk of age related vision loss. Age related vision loss is caused by gradual oxidative damage of the retina, and lutein may serve as an antioxidant as well as a filter to protect the retina from the oxidative effect of blue light.

Diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin are also associated with a decreased prevalence of nuclear cataract.

While lutein and zeaxanthin content in yellow corn is not nearly as high as that in green leafy vegetables such as spinach (approximately 1/10th), yellow corn and corn products are one of the most popular foods in the Americas and other parts of the world. The less processed the product is, the more lutein rich it will be.

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Alzheimer’s

A study has shown that moderately severe Alzheimer’s patients had much lower plasma levels of lutein and beta-carotene, compared to mild Alzheimer’s patients. These findings suggest increasing intake of lutein and beta-carotene rich foods to slow the rate of cognitive decline.

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Cance

Corn has a high beta – cryptoxanthin content, a carotenoid with antioxidant properties. An observational study in Singapore has shown that high levels of dietary beta-cryptoxanthin were associated with reduced risk of lung cancer.

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