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Fatties Cause Global Warming

Posted by cavewomanrunner on May 27, 2009

Several news articles are putting a new spin on the causes of global warming – fat people of the world are emitting more carbon dioxide and are more likely to drive instead of walk, bike or run, which causes even more CO2.

According to Dr. Phil Edwards, “Moving about in a heavy body is like driving in a gas guzzler.”

So why aren’t more people out there protesting the obese? We protest Hummers and cows that emit too much CO2. What about humans? Or does it still boil down to people feeling it’s not PC to berate the obese? Why point fingers at ourselves and huge food industries that promote  mass quantities of nasty foods to make a buck, when we can point fingers at everything else? Why isn’t body weight part of Al Gore’s “carbon footprint”?

The even worse news? People of the world are getting even fatter. “UK health surveys estimate fatness has increased from an average body mass index of 26 to 27 in the last ten years…A staggering 40 per cent of Americans are obese, among 300 million worldwide.”

So there’s another good reason to get back to the basics – eat primal foods for fuel, not for the sake of eating. Exercise. Eat better and workout not just for your health and to look and feel better – but do it for the environment.

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Obese Preschoolers

Posted by cavewomanrunner on April 7, 2009

There have been many articles recently on obesity in children. One posted on CNN today states that 1/5 of all 4 year olds are obese. That’s 20 percent. I remember the days when it was rare to have one overweight child in a neighborhood, let alone one in every five being obese. And these kids aren’t even in school yet!

What\’s the difference between overweight and obese? Overweight= BMI of 25.0 to 29.9. Obese= BMI of 30+

Some people say the cause of childhood obesity is hard to pinpoint. Is it really? Dr. Tom Robinson states: “We know most of the changes that have occurred in body fat tend to occur from being in an environment that promotes very easy access to high-caloric foods and limited opportunities for physical activities.”

Exactly. Just go to a convenience store or a supermarket and see all the boxes and wrappers of processed “foods.” Most adults don’t eat meats, veggies and fruits. And guess what, kids eat what their parents eat. Plus kids are flooded by the media for sugar, candies, and chocolate (translation = money for manufacturers and advertisers, health problems for kids).

Michael Rich, an associate professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, offered an interesting idea to combat childhood obesity: the 5-2-1-0 plan: “Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, cut screen time down to two hours or less, exercise at least one hour, and have zero soda and sugary drinks.”

I would edit that to have zero sugary, processed FOODS. The sugar doesn’t just come from drinks. Just look at a few examples: Cocoa-puffs, Snickers, donuts, cakes, and ice creams. Children eating these items every day, and most times more than the normal serving sizes, causes these problems. Lack of exercise does not help either.

Our paleo ancestors would be shocked and dismayed. I’m sure even paleo children had to be fit to survive – to help their families and villages get food and shelter. Survival is no longer an issue – instead we have plenty of extra time to stuff ourselves and our children with sugary sweets.

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