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Obesity Facts

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina compared two large-scale studies covering the period 1988 to 2006 and found the percentage of adults with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 rose from 28 percent to 36 percent. Come in to the office and I’ll test your body fat.

The number of people exercising three times a week or more fell from 53 percent to 43 percent, while the number of people eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day fell by nearly 40 percent.

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I’m going to tell you if you need to lose weight

One in Four Women Misperceive Their Own Body Weight
We have become desensitized to people that carry too much weight, and begin to believe that excess pounds are normal and healthy. The University of Texas Medical Branch did a study that shows nearly 25 percent of women misperceive their own body weight and are unlikely to take the necessary actions such as reducing calories to lose weight. This places these women at considerable risk for adverse health consequences.

Study Finding Reflects ‘Fattening of America’
The study, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology is the first large scale research to explain the dynamics behind a cultural phenomenon that has been manifesting for several decades. The study authors found that overweight and obese Hispanic and African American women were more likely than white women to categorize themselves as normal, and they were much less likely to report weight loss related behaviors such as dieting as a result.

The study concluded that the findings were a part of the cultural ‘fattening of America’ brought about by decades of a processed food diet and a shift away from foods in their natural form. According to corresponding author Dr. Mahbubur Rahman, “As obesity numbers climb, many women identify overweight as normal, not based on the scale but on how they view themselves.” Currently 82 percent of African American women and 75 percent of Mexican-American women meet the criteria for being overweight or obese.

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Insufficient ALA Could Be Linked to Obesity

A new study, published in the Journal of Lipid Research, describes an increase in fat mass of mice over several generations when fed an “unbalanced western diet.” The authors suggest a deficiency in alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) coupled with a chronic excess of linoleic acid (omega-6) could lead to “inherited obesity.”

In addition to weight gain,  insulin resistance and the expression of the inflammatory genes may be involved.

“Collectively, our data show that continuous exposure to a high-fat diet combined with a high LA:LNA (omega-6:omega-3) ratio over generations triggers a discrete and steady increase in inflammatory stimuli, accompanied by enhancement of fat mass,” the researchers wrote.

How many times have you heard me say take your fish oils?  Low amounts of omega 3’s  may have serious long-term effects on health.

During the last 40 years we had seen an increase of over 250% in levels of omega-6 intake and a fall in levels of omega-3 of 40%. This change in diet has coincided with a steady rise in obesity levels through the generations.

We may be out of balance between the good omega 3’s to the not as good omega 6’s by as much as 40-to-1 in the United States.

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) omega-3 is an essential fatty acid that the body cannot make and therefore must be consumed in the diet. Good sources of ALA include: flaxseed, soybeans, walnuts and olive oil. 

I recommend ALAMax CR by XYMOGEN  (order by calling 1-800-647-6100 use PIN # TUC500.) I also recommend OmegaPure 780 fish oils by XYMOGEN

An unbalanced diet can lead to changes in the expression of genes that control growth and immune factions.

Journal of Lipid Research 51(8):2352-2361, 2010


The Impact of Body Mass Index on the Prevalence of Low Back Pain

Spine: 1 April 2010 – Volume 35 – Issue 7 – pp 764-768 doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181ba1531
The HUNT Study –  Heuch, Ingrid MD; Hagen, Knut MD, PhD; Heuch, Ivar PhD; Nygaard, Øystein MD, PhD; Zwart, John-Anker MD, PhD
Study Design. A cross-sectional population-based study.
Objective. To examine the association between body mass index and chronic low back pain, with adjustment for potential confounders.
Summary of Background Data. Although many studies have investigated this association, it is still unclear whether there is a general relationship between body mass index and low back pain which applies to all populations.
Methods. This study is based on data collected in the HUNT 2 study in the county of Nord-Trøndelag in Norway between 1995 and 1997.  Among a total of 92,936 persons eligible for participation, 30,102 men and 33,866 women gave information on body mass index and indicated whether they suffered from chronic low back pain (69% participation rate). A total of 6293 men (20.9%) and 8923 women (26.3%) experienced chronic low back pain. Relations were assessed by logistic regression of low back pain with respect to body mass index and other variables.

Results. In both sexes, a high body mass index was significantly associated with an increased prevalence of low back pain. In men the estimated OR per 5 kg/m2 increase in body mass index was 1.07 (95% CI: 1.03-1.12) and in women 1.17 (95% CI: 1.14-1.21), after adjustment for age, with a significantly stronger association in women. Additional adjustment for education, smoking status, leisure time physical activity, employment status, and activity at work hardly affected these associations. No interactions were found with most other factors.

Conclusion. This large population-based study indicates that obesity is associated with a high prevalence of low back pain. Further studies are needed to determine if the association is causal.>
Dr. Tucker comments: One of my favorite things is helping clients lose weight. I usually recommend a 28 Day Cleanse (not a fast) to get started, or I use the UltraMeal shakes as meal replacements. My program is guided by charting your body composition analysis.