Maybe it’s not so cut and dried after all

Artificial Sweeteners Contributing Directly to Diabetes Risk

The article really should say it all, but here are some quotes:

The findings from two new studies have prompted US health scientists to state that the promotion of diet sodas and aspartame sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be “ill-advised.”

And:

In the first, participants had their height, weight, waist circumference and diet soda intake recorded over a 10-year period. The results were adjusted for waist circumference, diabetes status, leisure-time physical activity level, neighborhood of residence, age and smoking status at the beginning of each interval, as well as sex, ethnicity and years of education.

The findings showed that diet soft drink users, as a group, experienced 70 percent greater increases in waist circumference compared with non-users. Frequent users, who said they consumed two or more diet sodas a day, experienced waist circumference increases that were 500 percent greater than those of non-users.

And the money quote:

Summarizing the findings from the two studies, Helen P. Hazuda, chief of the institute’s Division of Clinical Epidemiology, said; “[the data] suggest that the promotion of diet sodas and artificial sweeteners as healthy alternatives may be ill-advised. They may be free of calories but not of consequences.”

That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

Oh, just one thing

If you are a new reader here, and haven’t seen your comment come out of moderation, that’s because I will not tolerate the contempt with which you decided to respond to what I have to say.

Maybe you don’t like something I had to say.  Maybe you think I’m stupid for not realizing a new piece of equipment is really just old technology turned to weight loss.  Maybe you just hate fat people.

I. Don’t. Care.

If you don’t agree with me, I don’t have a problem with it.  When you think you can berate or abuse me with your language, or treat me like I’m an imbecile, that’s where I have issues.  If you’ve read my Step Into My Parlor post, you will notice I stress the word “polite”.  If you want to disagree with me, go for it.  I have no issues with disagreement.  If you want to debate the issues, again, go for it.  However, if you are impolite, then you will never see your comment.

Because life is way to short for me to allow that kind of junk in my blog.

Do we understand each other?

Good.

I’m sure you have all heard the news

But in case you haven’t, there’s a new study out.  In the study, they examined the relationship between BMI (Body Mass Index) and illness.

The results aren’t anything at all what the “doom and gloom you’re costing me money by raising the insurance premiums I have to pay you Fatty McFatterson!” people would like to hear.

A study examining the relationship betweenbody mass index (BMI) and illness suggests that a BMI of 30 or above, a signal of obesity according to federal health standards, does not translate into current illness among adults under age 40.

In addition, researchers found that across all age groups studied, from 25 to 70 years, there was little difference in the current health status in normal-weight vs. overweight people based on the medications they took.

So, to recap something I’ve been saying for years:  Just because a person is fat, that does not mean they are any less healthy than anybody else in the world.  They may be less healthy, but that doesn’t mean being overweight is what caused it.  While the article reports that people over 40 and who are obese take more medication, it doesn’t say what the medication is for.  Could it be that people over 40 take more anti-depressants which is causing the patient to be fat?  We just don’t know because we’ve not been given any data on that in the article.

While the article still does try to link obesity with illness in some parts, without giving us any specifics, there is one other good thing in it:

“For college-age adults, this should help them realize that they don’t have to worry so much if they have a BMI of 27 or 28. Some young people with these BMIs feel like, ‘I’m going to have all these problems, I need to try 50 different diets.’ And what is all that stress and dieting doing to your body? Probably more damage than the extra 15 pounds is,” Jarrett said.

It’s a start.

Because it’s all about “health”, right?

Oy!

So, it’s the beginning of summertime, here in the northern hemisphere, and we are hearing a lot about “lose weight for bikini season (oh, and your health too)!”

For those of you who really want to believe it’s for your health, well … this just takes the cake.  It seems a corporation out there is marketing a product called a “Slim Capsule”.   You rub some of their lotion all over your body, dress in a plastic suit (to retain the heat), and then lay down in the capsule for 30 minutes.  It’s supposed to burn up to 500 calories in that 1/2 hour.  Hey, if you are into losing weight, sounds great, right?

Yeah.

Now for the reality check:  You are paying somebody to par-cook you!  The temperature inside the capsule, using heated with LED bulbs and heating elements goes to 150* F on your first visit and to 175*F on subsequent visits.  The reporter in the first link stated she was feeling light headed when she was released from the capsule — and she’d reported the temperature being 174 inside the machine while she was in it.

Really?  I mean, really?  This cooking of ourselves, for temporary benefits (whatever inches you may have lost come solely from dehydration and will be put back on as soon as you drink enough water to rehydrate yourself, is for our “health”?

Yeah.  If anybody believes that, I have a bridge to sell them.  Really cheep too!