That's what the New York Times Magazine is asking on their front cover. But is it true?
Well, two distinguished researchers spent five years looking at the 5,000 plus participants of the Framingham Heart Study (begun in 1948 and continued for two generations) to see what the effects of the relationships among the participants was. Here's their discovery:
Obesity spreads more by association than genes. "In 1948 fewer than 10% of Framingham residents were obese. By 1985, 18% were, and today about 40% are. What changed? Social norms of diet and physical appearance." Wired, Oct 2009By studying the Framingham folks as an interconnected network rather than a mass of individuals, the two researchers made this intriguing discovery: Obesity spread like a virus. Weight gain had a stunning infection rate. If one person become obese, the likelihood that his friend would follow suit increased by 171 percent.And, your friends are more predictive of your size than your spouse: "H…
The number of drivers who text while behind the wheel is climbing. According to one study, more than 20% admit to doing it. This UK public service announcement was aimed at teenagers. A word of caution: it's graphic and sobering.
What if you could eliminate half of your health problems and consequently, your health care expenses, by making this one simple change:
Eat Grass Fed Meat Here's the scoop: "Michael Pollan, on Martha Stewart show, talked about the rapidly growing trend towards grass-fed meats. He estimates that 50% of human health care costs would be eliminated with grass-fed meats."So when you shop, as much as possible, ask for 100% grass-fed beef.
Long-term, don't you think the extra cost and effort is worth it?
A glass of thick, yellow human fat, with blood vessels included, is New York City's latest campaign to fight obesity. "Are You Pouring on the Pounds?" targets the hidden calories which Americans consume each year in soft drinks and other sugary drinks.
In addition to obesity, studies show consuming too much sugar can contribute to colds and the flu.
What if white flour, sugar and corn syrup, among other things, were no longer a part of the American dietary landscape?
"It would not occur to any fast-food chain to stuff us with twenty or thirty dishes full of chemical additives."How many ways can we make food taste really really special? You heard it here first: The world's top chef has stooped to the McDonald's strategy: envelop in it additives.
The "world's best chef" puts so many additives in his dishes that his "menus should carry a health warning, informing diners of the additives in the dishes," writes food writer Jorg Zipprick. "These colorants, gelling agents, emulsifiers, acidifiers and taste enhancers that Adria has introduced massively into his dishes to obtain extraordinary textures, tastes and sensations do not have a neutral impact on health," says Zipprick, adding that some have a laxative effect.Britain's Restaurant magazine has five times voted El Bulli the best restaurant in the world, but Zipprick calculates that a single visit accounts for 16% of an individual’s annual additiv…
She was a twenty-two year old children's dance instructor.
Then she innocently ate an industrial feedlot hamburger, just like the ones you probably eat.
She's the one pictured in a coma. Nine weeks later, when she finally woke up, she was paralyzed. "Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe." - E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection; New York TimesHave you ever thought much about the ground meat you've been eating at restaurants?
What about the beef you've bought from the supermarket?
With fall's brilliant colors in full bloom, it's important to take advantage of the health benefits of apples and pumpkins while they're in season.
Pumpkins contain the following benefits: Provide vitamin C and E, iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium, which supports the health of organs such as kidneys, bladder and prostateContain both beta and alpha carotenoids – antioxidants that help prevent cell damageSupply lutein which supports healthy eyesAid in ridding the body of parasites and other unwelcomed digestive inhabitantsContain healthy essential fatty acid oilsHigh in protein - one ounce of seeds provides about seven grams Apples are important in the diet for the following reasons: Low in fat and caloriesEnzyme-rich energy food which helps break down and digest other foodsReduce risk of colds and fluImproves ability of intestinal muscles to move waste and lowers cholesterol levelsRegulates blood sugarPectin fiber binds and helps eliminate gut toxins, keeping the GI tract hea…
Here's a recent email I received, from a mother in regards to the H1N1 Swine Flu vaccination: Below is some good info about the swine flu vaccination that I received from fellow playgroup mom, April. In addition to this info, my Dr says it has not been tested on animals yet. So as for me and my family - we're staying away from it for now! Ashley
My sister Kim just called. For those of you that don't know, she is a RN in the ER at Baptist. They had a meeting this morning on the H1N1 vaccination. The doctors at Baptist are advising their staff and patients NOT get this vaccination.
They have had several reports of people getting Guillain-Barre Syndrome. They are also concerned about how fast this vaccination has been developed and the lack of testing that has been done concerning this vaccination. In fact one nurse at Baptist, has a son that took the vaccination and has developed Guillain-Barre's.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disorder in which the body's…
Here is one issue not being discussed in Washington D.C. at all. People taking responsibility for their lifestyle choices. Think it matters?
Author Michael Pollan doesn't have much hope for the success of the health care plans being proposed in Congress right now.
Americans already spend twice as much per person as most European countries on health care, he says. And this can be explained, as a study released last month says, by our being fatter.
John Mackey, Whole Foods CEO, went further recently and and stated that instead of national health care, Americans need to be more responsible eaters. "A healthy diet is a solution to many of our health care problems. Every man, woman and child consumes, on average, forty-three teaspoons of sugar a day. In thirteen days that adds up to a five-pound bag of sugar."What's your take? Are you for some form of health care funded by tax payer dollars?
Or is it time for us to stop digging our grave with a knife …
As the cold and flu season arrives, so do the commercials for products claiming to relieve the coughing, sneezing, headaches, sore throats and fevers. It's tempting to load up on all the over-the-counter cold and flu medicines and hope they provide some relief.
On the other hand, researchers are discovering more about how the immune system works. What they're finding is the complex interaction of nutrients in food helps your body build its defenses against infection and disease.
In particular, a diet of fruits and vegetables boosts your immune system and fights off illness. The key is not waiting until you get sick. You need to be doing this long before the cold and flu bugs get to you.
Following are a few tips to help prevent colds and the flu during the upcoming season:
Get Enough Sleep - Lack of sleep severely weakens the immune response. Give your body a chance to recharge during the flu season by getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
For most fresh or cooked vegetables and fruits, 1 cup is just what you would put in a household measuring cup.
There are two main exceptions to that rule: For lettuce and other raw leafy greens, you need to eat 2 cups to get the equivalent of 1 cup of vegetables. For dried fruit, you only need to eat ½ cup to get the equivalent of 1 cup of fruit.
Remember, potatoes are not counted as a vegetable, since they are mostly starch and should be used sparingly.
Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Place cream cheese in a bowl and add one egg at a time beating with a hand mixer. Slowly add the Stevia and vanilla. The batter will be thin. Pour into paper cupcake liners about an 1/8 inch from the top.
Bake in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes (or until large cracks appear on the top). Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes.
For the filling, add the Stevia and vanilla to the sour cream. Add a teaspoon on top of each cupcake and return to the oven for 5 minutes.
Oprah asked herself that last year, after putting back on forty pounds.
"I had literally starved myself for four months - not a morsel of food," Winfrey said in 2005. "Two hours after that show, I started eating to celebrate - of course, within two days those jeans no longer fit!"
The weight came back within two years. She was so disgusted she claimed she'd never diet again.
Here's a better alternative. It's called a low carbohydrate diet.
You don't starve. You don't count calories. And no industrial food-like substances. You eat real food.
Do you know anyone who is ready to lose that weight? And wants to try something different?