Here’s an excerpt from the ACC New Digest:

“The New York Times (8/4, A11, Grady) reports, ‘Americans are continuing to get fatter and fatter, with obesity rates reaching 30 percent or more in nine states last year, as opposed to only three states in 2007, health officials reported on Tuesday.’ These ‘increases mean that 2.4 million more people became obese from 2007 to 2009, bringing the total to 72.5 million, or 26.7 percent of the population,’ and the numbers suggest ‘a continuing and ominous trend.’ Commenting on the data, CDC director Dr. Thomas Frieden said, ‘Over the past several decades, obesity has increased faster than anyone could have imagined it would’ and should the trend persist, ‘more people will get sick and die from the complications of obesity, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.’ ”

While genetics plays a role, like with anything else, it’s becoming increasingly obvious to professionals and the lay public alike that obesity has become epidemic. There are many contributing factors: larger portions of unhealthy foods in an increasingly fast-food-oriented society being large among them. However, with the availability of not only television, but computers and the ever-addicting Internet, the amount of time our kids (and adults, for that matter) spend playing ball and jumping rope, in the aggregate, has to decline. I’m aware that there are many families where good balance is achieved, but it takes more diligence, and discipline, than ever before. With an already over-burdened health care system, just imagine the effects of adding yet another major risk factor to the increasingly prevalent senior population of the future. The camel’s back is already in desperate need of buttressing.

I don’t believe it’s too late for anyone to make some impact, but it’s especially important that we start with the children; reducing their adipose tissue early in life will make the battle easier for the rest of it. There are many exercise regimens (I suggest a varied diet including large doses of the low-impact variety, so that the high number of degenerated joints we see from middle age on can be favorably impacted, pun intended). The best overall diet is a low-glycemic index Mediterranean diet that is probably closest to what our physiology evolved with. I’ve attached a helpful handout kindly provided by Dr. Terry Moran, a respected lipidologist, or expert on the effects on our blood vessels of the bad, and good, fats circulating in out systems. Hope you find it helpful.



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One Response to “WHERE’S THE BEEF?”

  1. Dennis Carver Says:

    I read this article and find the information useful. There is not a much that I haven’t read before. But, it is good to read this information every so often because my memory has a tendency toward convenient forgetfulness.

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