We recently posted about Dr. Perlmutter’s Grain Brain book and his “controversial” stance on wheat, sugar and carbohydrates. This video segment where her appeared on Dr. Oz is very eye opening and educational. This is paradigm shifting stuff and something we talk with patients about every day.
An important new study just released has a lot to say about why you should be watching a key metric even more than weight or body mass index.
Many people today think they aren’t the ones all the scary obesity headlines are talking about because according to a BMI chart, they are normal or only slightly overweight.
Well, new research looked at 650,000 study participants to determine the affect of waist size on overall mortality (death) risk and here’s what they found:
For every 5 cm (about 2 inches) increase in waist size…
…risk of death goes up by 9% for women, 7% for men.
I’ve been well aware of the risk of abdominal obesity for a long time, but the part of the data I found alarming and critical to communicate to my patients…
…is that you don’t have to have waist sizes that qualify as obesity to have substantially increased death risk.
The study looked at 28 inch waists and higher for women, 36 for men.
The official marker for obesity is 35 for women, and 40 for men.
What that adds up to is a lot of folks unaware of the grave risk even moderate excess abdominal fat could be exposing them to.
The reason is that fat in this area of your body is metabolically active.
That little “spare tire” or “beer belly” affects important processes in your body by throwing off hormone balances, leading to conditions such as increased inflammation and insulin resistance.
Which means greater risks for cardiovascular events, degenerative diseases and respiratory problems.
Does it motivate you to know that lowering your waist size by 2 inches could reduce your death risk by nearly 10%? (if not for you, then what about your kids or grandkids?)
If so… then you are the kind of patient I can help.
– Dr. Deepti
So have you seen any of the myriad of food industry documentaries over the past decade? It’s a rising category of film making.
Maybe you’ve seen the critically acclaimed Food Inc.? It’s the highest quality film in the category to date, but a new entry has come on the seen which is actually not a documentary and is quite unique.
When we first announced the Food Documentary Blog Series we talked about the new Hulu series “Farmed and Dangerous”, a new kind of show that aims to make a statement on dangerous farming and food industry politics.
I got around to finishing the 4 episode, first season last night, and must say the series delivered… regardless of whether you’re watching for the message or just want to see an entertaining show.
Just be sure to bring your sense of humor, because amid the powerful statements being made about what really goes on in the closed door meetings of corporate America and their law firms, is some sharp tongued and well choreographed satire, mixed with some edgy quips with no purpose other than to make you laugh.
A study just published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has some scary revelations for obese women who arepregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
Based on the results, obesity is the single largest factor in the risk of stillbirth. As BMI (body mass index) increases, the risk for stillbirth increases by 25%. The risk was highest near end of pregnancy but prevalent from 27 weeks on.
While this data needs to be further clarified, there is actually likely an even higher risk because many stillbirths were excluded from the study due to missing data.
What does this mean for obese women who plan to bear children?
Addressing obesity is a life and death matter, not just for you, but for your future children. Many more studies have indicated babies of obese mothers to be pre-disposed to metabolic disorders.
If you are obese, think about your future children and address your metabolic health and obesity before planning a family. The risk to the unborn child is another consideration before deciding to have unprotected sex as well.
Quick, how much sugar do you eat in a typical day?
If you have a good idea of your average intake then you’re a step ahead of most people.
The graphic below from IQuitSugar.com is eye opening. Nobody is all that surprised that typical western diets are way over the America Heart Foundation’s recommendation of 5-9 teaspoons of sugar per day. What might surprise you is the fact that supposed healthy, sugar-conscious eaters eat three times that amount.