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    Health Experts Warn of Obesity Pandemic

    Obesity Pandemic Threatens to Overwhelm Global Health Systems, Experts Warn at Conference

    By ROHAN SULLIVAN
    The Associated Press

    SYDNEY, Australia - An obesity pandemic threatens to overwhelm health systems around the globe with illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, experts at an international conference warned Sunday.

    "This insidious, creeping pandemic of obesity is now engulfing the entire world," Paul Zimmet, chairman of the meeting of more than 2,500 experts and health officials, said in a speech opening the weeklong International Congress on Obesity. "It's as big a threat as global warming and bird flu."

    The World Health Organization says more than 1 billion adults are overweight and 300 million of them are obese, putting them at much higher risk of diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, stroke and some forms of cancer.

    Zimmet, a diabetes expert at Australia's Monash University, said there are now more overweight people in the world than the undernourished, who number about 600 million.

    People in wealthy countries lead in overeating and not doing enough physical activity, but those in the poorer nations of Asia, Africa and Latin America are quickly learning bad habits, experts said.

    Thailand's Public Health Ministry, for instance, announced Sunday that nearly one in three Thais over age 35 is at risk of obesity-related diseases.

    "We are not dealing with a scientific or medical problem. We're dealing with an enormous economic problem that, it is already accepted, is going to overwhelm every medical system in the world," said Dr. Philip James, the British chairman of the International Obesity Task Force.

    The task force is a section of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, a professional organization of scientists and health workers in some 50 countries that deal with the issue.

    James said the cost of treating obesity-related health problems was immeasurable on a global scale, but the group estimated it at billions of dollars a year in countries such as Australia, Britain and the United States.

    Among the most worrying problems are skyrocketing rates of obesity among children, which make them much more prone to chronic diseases as they grow older and could shave years off their lives, experts said.

    The children in this generation may be the first in history to die before their parents because of health problems related to weight, Kate Steinbeck, an expert in children's health at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, said in a statement.

    Experts at the conference said governments should impose bans on junk food advertising aimed directly at children, although they acknowledged such restrictions were unlikely to come about soon because the food industry would lobby hard against them.

    "There is going to be a political bun fight over this for some time, but of course we shouldn't advertise junk food to children that makes them fat," said Dr. Boyd Swinburn, a member of the International Obesity Task Force.

    Dr. Claude Bouchard, president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, an umbrella group for medical organizations dealing with weight-related and children's health issues, said the group supported advertising bans as official policy.

    But the policy position is unlikely to have any immediate effect on influencing governments to introduce such bans, said Bouchard, head of the Pennington Research Center at Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.


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    The agriculture, food, and restaurant lobby has such a stranglehold on the government so forget any legislation.

    I've been having some chest pains myself, so it's a definite sign I gotta start eating right, and getting some exercise.

    Part of the problem is that junk food is so cheap and easily accessible, while eating fruits and vegetables is both expensive and inconvenient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond_james_bond
    Part of the problem is that junk food is so cheap and easily accessible, while eating fruits and vegetables is both expensive and inconvenient.
    Hogwash! If you don't buy it, you won't consume it. I never buy junk food, soda pop and crap. I drink lots of good old H2O and I know how to eat properly, which means lots of raw fruits and veggies. I will splurge once in a while but very rarely.

    We all need to take responsibility for our health. Make a one year plan and slowly build up your regiment. You'll see, before you know it, you will be routinely eating right. Also, you need to exercise to really get healthy. Again, start slowly and build your endurance.

    GG

    P.S. Find a relatively cheap market to buy your fruits and veggies like the Jean-Talon market here in Montreal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by btyger
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    You did! But if that makes you feel good or better... Hope this will help for your ego...

    Sorry, Jack. If you want a Tony Robbin's story (and I'm not much for them) my father, who is all of 5'5, weighed a whopping (for that height) 220 at age 40. Ten years later he weighed 145. He did it more with exercise than diet, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by btyger
    Sorry, Jack. If you want a Tony Robbin's story (and I'm not much for them) my father, who is all of 5'5, weighed a whopping (for that height) 220 at age 40. Ten years later he weighed 145. He did it more with exercise than diet, too.
    Well, I disagree. Eating right is far more important than exercise to maintain your weight loss. In fact, the best exercise is walking or swimming. It's low impact but very effective.

    GG

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    You're right GG, just trying to show that there's more than one way to skin a cat. Diet probably is more important, though.

    Jack, good for my father, not me, I never lost weight. I'm in the process of gaining weight; on purpose, through weightlifting, supplementation and gorging.
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    You guys know what the main culprit of obesity is?

    Industrialization.

    When companies\restaurants turn to the chemical\agri. industry to enhance the food flavour, make it cook quicker, make it go down smoother, produce it\grow it faster etc etc, they start pumping unhealthy shit into the food, processed ingredients which they know will make people fat quickly, but for the allmighty dollar, they dont care.

    If people ate foods (restaurant or not) that was produced\cooked in a natural way you can be sure that the obesity problem would not exist.

    When i went to south america for a few weeks a few years ago, i ate like a pig, food was so good, and i LOST weight, i felt better, my digestion was at its peak, it was awesome. As soon as i ingested food from here, it was back to the same old shit, literally. This was because they cooked food, flavouring it the old fashioned way, the healthy way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe_
    The only way fat will be turned into energy is when your energy stores are fully drained. This scenario occurs when you wake up in the morning and anytime after an intense workout, such as weightlifting.

    There you have it. Happy fat burning everyone.
    Joe, does this mean that early morning is the best time for excercising on for example, a treadnmill? Would it be best to do this before or after breakfast?

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    Before! And it does make a difference. Then feed yourself a good, high protein breakfast after exercise. Minimize simple sugar intake.

    Quote Originally Posted by mack
    Joe, does this mean that early morning is the best time for excercising on for example, a treadnmill? Would it be best to do this before or after breakfast?
    Last edited by sybaritic; 09-06-2006 at 08:47 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack
    Joe, does this mean that early morning is the best time for excercising on for example, a treadnmill? Would it be best to do this before or after breakfast?
    mack,

    I had the same question. It's tough to wake up and start exercising but I am also curious about this before or after breakfast question.

    >>Picaron, the agribusiness has destroyed the nutritional value of our foods but there is an interesting trend shaping up. Wal Mart realizes the potential profits of organic foods and is expanding this product like crazy...Stay tuned.

    GG

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    People usually focus on cardio to lose weight, and it is very good for you. But if you want to get lean and increase your metabolism, weightlifting might be a better idea. People associate weightlifting with gains in mass, but that has more to do with diet, and to a lesser extent, number of sets and repetitions.
    The great thing about weightlifting, is that unlike cardio, it causers a long term increase in metabolism, because muscle requires more calories at rest than any other type of body mass.
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    Everything today has now been found to kill you...even breathing in the air. So instead of rushing into work everyday take a chance breath in some fresh air and run a bicyclist off the road. They're just breathing too much of that fresh air and slowing everybody else down on the way to work. See if that crash helmet really works as its advertised. Speaking of advertising, if you see someone majoring in marketing...run them off the road as well. They're just going to waste precious moments of your life with nonsense anyway. End them before they end you.

    And for all you whiners out there crying about the overweight people in your way...I know a few who could easily kick your ass without pausing between donuts. Its all about conditioning you know.

    Quote Originally Posted by picaron
    You guys know what the main culprit of obesity is?
    Industrialization.

    When i went to south america for a few weeks a few years ago, i ate like a pig, food was so good, and i LOST weight, i felt better, my digestion was at its peak, it was awesome. As soon as i ingested food from here, it was back to the same old shit, literally. This was because they cooked food, flavouring it the old fashioned way, the healthy way.
    That natural ingrediant that you loved so much down south? Its called salmonella. Leave anything out for days at a time and you'll never gain weight eating it...cause its not going to stay in your system long enough to matter. Did you forget the hours on end in the toileto?

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