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The body is very good at converting between different types of sugar, glucose, fructose, lactose, galactose, maltose, and sucrose. There really is no benefit of one over the other.
The best song that the BBC ever banned was "Live fast, love hard, die young" - a better slogan than anything the Department of Health ever put out.
heart disease and diabetes don't inconvenience or kill third parties
A contagious disease is a subset category of infectious diseases (or communicable diseases), which are easily transmitted by physical contact (hence the name-origin) with the person suffering the disease, or by their secretions or objects touched by them.
Disease (Noun): a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury
I would argue that obesity fits the description of a disease, and results in impairment of structure and function in humans.
Disease (Noun): a disorder of structure or function
[obestity] results in impairment of structure and function in humans.
It is one of the major causes of disability & death in Western countries (now that retrospectively-more-obvious risks like smoking have declined over the past 20 years).
Interestingly, the UK population now consumes fewer calories per capita than we did 60 years ago. What has changed, AFAIK, is that we are never cold, consequently we don't burn off the calories we do consume.
In adults, energy intake increased by 3–4% in the decade to 1995, equivalent to an additional 350 kilojoules per day. Greater increases were seen in children and adolescents, with energy intake increasing by 11% for 10–15 year-old girls (equivalent to an additional 900 kilojoules per day) and by 15% for 10–15 year-old boys (equivalent to an additional 1,400 kilojoules per day) (see Figure 1.2). Without compensatory increases in physical activity, these changes are enough to have resulted in the significant observed increase in mean body weight
A calorie is not a calorie...It costs your body different amounts of energy to digest different foods. So fats need only two or three per cent of their inherent energy to digest them; while carbohydrates need five to 10 per cent; and proteins need a massive 25 per cent to unravel the tightly wound amino acids that make them up.
I saw an article based on a recent study that suggested diet drinks (artificially sweetened) tended to cause an increase in overall calorie consumption.
UK consumption has decreased by about 500 Calories per day in the last 60 years.
A new report from WHO proposes halving recommended maximum sugar consumption from 10% to 5% of calories.Is refined sugar as dangerous as they suggest?How would you encourage such a radical dietary change?Is reducing sugar consumption a more cost-effective public health measure than the government subsidising the latest end-stage cancer drug?
I'm still searching for my original source of 1950's statistics but http://www.ifbb.org.uk/changing-diet gives some fascinating details of the Victorian diet of 3500 - 7000 Cal/day.
Is it possible that there are errors in the calorie calculations. Perhaps modern man is eating "better calories".It is hard to quantify, but say if people were eating 100% whole wheat bread 100 years ago.And today they are eating white bread.If the products have the same calories, perhaps there is better bio-availability of the white bread. In fact, the choice of foods with higher bio-availability may be the source of the obesity problem. Say your body is conditioned to getting large volumes of bran, fiber, etc. Suddenly you take that out of the diet. The food is absorbed quicker, and one gets more calories out of the food that is eaten. So, one gets less full, and feels hungry quicker.The problem may not be sugar, but rather starch (simple carbs).
Nearly all the food you eat is used to maintain your body temperature
A persons health is a very personal matter and should remain under the control of those persons
It's a tricky question how far the government should get involved - how much should it curtail individual freedoms to reduce costs for everyone?
About half of my female friends over the years have had spinal surgery or treatment for brain trauma from equitation. Should the government ban horseriding?
.. About half of my female friends over the years have had spinal surgery or treatment for brain trauma from equitation. Should the government ban horseriding?
Diabetes is a major cause of vision loss in Western countries (behind Age-related Macular Degeneration).
Hey! Whatever happened to herpes, AIDS, asthma, SARS, and avian flu, each of which was destined to wipe us out within 5 years? Who decides what ailment is to be fashionable this year?
The Surgeon General Considers a Super Big Gulp to be hazardous to your health