Thursday, August 10, 2006


According to this report from "Health Day," America's obesity epidemic is striking ever younger victims, as the rate of overweight babies has skyrocketed over the past two decades.

I guess this means only turkey burgers & light beer for the infants from now on. Damn, no fun for kids anymore.

It's worth checking out the whole piece, but this segment disturbed me:

As weight gain becomes problematic earlier in life, other chronic disease can be expected to do the same. If [obesity] becomes commonplace among babies, heart disease may well become commonplace among adolescents, as type 2 diabetes is already . . . Infants and adolescents are far more adept at generating new fat cells than adults [] and obesity caused by a high number of fat cells is harder to reverse than obesity caused by enlarging pre-existing fat cells . . . As difficult as weight control is for [adults], it will be that much harder, and more elusive, for our children.

(Emphasis added). Admittedly, the last thing we need is a generation of women looking like Paris Hilton or Nicole Ritchie while they're pregnant. But when obesity extends to pregnant women and their new-borns, yikes. What a disaster.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is evidence that the phonomenon is caused by something other than behavior. You can't convince me that the food choices of parents have changed to such an extent that infants are generally fatter now, too. The changes have been too dramatic and widespread.
There are synthetic chemicals that are known to interfere with hormonal processes in the womb. IMHO, a big part of the obesity epidemic is due to the results of these interrupted or altered hormonal processes during fetal development.
My pregnant wife has jokingly called me a food nazi because I'm so aware of the S**t and gender-bending chemicals that's in "regular" food. "It's organic, homegrown, or go hungry" is a rule in my house.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obesity is a huge problem in this country. I believe much of it is caused by an excess of refined sugar in processed foods, this certainly is a factor with diabetes. I agree with anon up there to a certain extent, when toxins build up the body naturally stores them in the adipose tissues where water also collects. I don't know if the body is trying to isolate or otherwise flush them out, but yes, you have to watch everything. I drink those diet colas and I've heard those are especially bad about weight gain. (Go figure!) Anyway, like I was saying earlier, if we ever have a large scale emergency in this country there are going to be a large number of people who can't walk away from it because of poor health, much of it brought on by obesity.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Thrillhous said...

I'm with you guys. All the weird stuff that's in our food has been and continues to affect "normal" biological functions. Heck yeah, Mort, about the refined sugar. That's a killer. Really, so many things are over-refined. White rice comes to mind.

My pregnant wife is the food nazi at our place. I agree w/ her, I'm just not nearly as aware as she is. How was I to know you're not supposed to to shots of witch hazel?

1:07 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

I'm not so sure it 's refined 'sugar'.

Refined sugar has been with us for a long time.

What is new, is 'corn sweeteners'.

The difference is that it's a different kind of sugar molecule. It's made up of fructose. Regular sugar is made up of sucrose.

Sucrose can't be directly digested ot enter the bloodstream, until it's broken down by an enzyme called sucrase. This gives it more time to be consumed in the gut by bacteria, thus providing no energy to make fat from.

Fructose is a mirror image of glucose and is readily absorbed into the blood stream. It therefore becomes immediately available to fat cells to take up, and convert to fat.

Because of this, fructose makes us fat in much smaller doses than sugar does.

Almost all of the processed foods we eat today, contain fructose. The food industry has found that 'corn sweetener' is cheaper and sweeter than real sugar and has increasingly been replacing the use of table sugar with 'corn sweetener' in all of the processed foods.

Here's a page that describes the differences in the sugars.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Mike said...


Is this the famous "High Fructose Corn Syrup" you're talking about?

Unless I'm mistaken, didn't sodas that now contain HFCS used to use regular old sucrose?

12:03 PM  
Blogger Weaseldog said...

Yes, that's right Mike.

Soda drink makers switched over, just before this latest bloom in the epidemic.

It's only cerrelation, so far.

We have theory, correlation, but no studies to demonstrate causation.

4:17 PM  

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