Viva la News: Revolutionary Banting News from the week that was (16 Jan – 22 Jan 17)

Sitting too much ages you by eight years, according to a new study

According to a new report published in the American Journal of Epidemiology inactivity can have a detrimental effect on our cells at a biological level. The DNA of nearly 1500 women was analysed, and it was discovered that the cells of women who did not exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day, and who were inactive for about 10 hours daily, aged by about eight years. This was compared to women who got 30 minutes of daily exercise, regardless of how long they were sedentary. The study claims that exercise can reverse the effects of the aging process, although the amount of exercise needed is not known.

The bottom line is exercise in not only great for boosting your mood and making you feel younger, but it might actually make you look younger too. So, try and fit in at least 30 minutes of activity a day.

Eating breakfast helps you lose weight, or does it?

According to some, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and eating breakfast can speed up your metabolism to help you lose weight. A randomised controlled trial was done to study the effects of this theory.

49 women, non-breakfast eaters, took part in the trial and were divided into two groups, those who would start eating breakfast and those who would carry on not eating it.

The study showed that the non-breakfast eaters who started to eat breakfast ate more during the day and thus put on weight.

The moral of the story is, stick to eating only when you’re hungry and not because you think eating more will help you lose weight because it generally won’t, especially if you have insulin resistance.

Sugar is the tobacco of the new century says Gary Taubes

Sugar is a toxin and not a source of “empty calories,” argues Gary Taubes. It is not only the cause of obesity and diabetes, but it is also related to heart disease, hypertension, various cancers, and Alzheimer’s, which is now referred to as type 3 diabetes. One in four children in Ireland are either overweight or obese, and it has the second highest proportion of obese adults in Europe.

“When sugar and sugar-rich products spread around the globe, so did diabetes,” writes. Taubes.

It’s time to stop blaming fat for everything it didn’t do and make sugar accountable for what it’s really doing.

“How many cigarettes are too many cigarettes? What if the person who smoked a pack a week outlived the person who smoked a pack a day? Would we conclude that inhaling a pack of cigarettes a week is safe?”

How long are we going to turn a blind eye to sugar while it makes the world’s population fatter and sicker and kills us slowly at the same time?

Huge increase in obesity-related illnesses among kids and teens

An analysis by the American non-profit organisation Fair Health showed a sharp rise in health insurance claims on behalf of young people with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and other conditions typically associated with older adults.

Type 2 diabetes was known as adult-onset diabetes, but claims for younger people below 23 years of age more than doubled between 2011 and 2015, whereas prediabetes claims among children and teens increased by 110 percent, and claims tied to an obesity diagnosis among infants and toddlers jumped 94 percent.

The findings "are frightening," said Dr. Stephen Pont, a pediatrician and medical director of the childhood obesity center at Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas.

"The vast majority of kids should never have high blood pressure or diabetes or sleep apnea," said Pont, who was not involved in the Fair Health analysis. "Now we're seeing those consequences in kids. That will result in shorter lives and lower quality of life."

Dr. Dennis Bier says, “It is well known that the longer children remain obese, the more likely they are to get diabetes. The country needs to find more effective ways to prevent obesity from occurring in children in the first place.”

No question about it, our children need to become healthier, and the best way to do that is to start by feeding them real foods free from sugar and processed carbs.

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