Does Tasty Food Make Us Overeat?

 

Does Tasty Food Make Us Overeat?

Today, it’s easier than ever before to get tasty food almost instantly. From drive-through restaurants to frozen dinners, we can satisfy virtually any craving without having to turn on the oven or go near the kitchen. Is all this tasty food to blame for our expanding waistlines?

Some notable public health experts and science writers have eloquently described how the food industry manipulates three basic flavors — sweet, fat, and salt — to make modern processed food virtually irresistible. These exceedingly tasty products, as the argument goes, overstimulate the pleasure circuits in the brain, leading to compulsive eating behaviors. Remember the Lays potato chip slogan, “Bet you can’t eat just one”?

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Do Genes Make Us Fat?

 

Do Genes Make Us Fat?

Some people can eat whatever they want, whenever they want, and never gain an ounce. Others seem to put on weight just walking past a bakery. If you’re in the second category, life may feel a bit unfair.

Of course, many physical characteristics differ widely according to the genes we’ve inherited from our parents, including weight. Recent research indicates that dozens of genes affect body weight to some degree, most by only a tiny amount. Together, however, they significantly influence how likely you are to gain weight.

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Defense of the Insulin-Carbohydrate Model Redux: A Response to Kevin Hall

 

Defense of the Insulin-Carbohydrate Model Redux: A Response to Kevin Hall

July 6, 2016 update — The full study by Hall and colleagues was published today in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This final version continues to downplay remarkable findings for a limited pilot: a significant increase in metabolism on a very-low-carbohydrate diet. Evidence continues to accumulate (even from skeptics) that all calories are not alike to the body!

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DECLINING LIFE EXPECTANCY ACCORDING TO NEW CDC DATA

DECLINING LIFE EXPECTANCY ACCORDING TO NEW CDC DATA

A 10-Point Plan to Restore Healthy Food as a National Security Priority

See also: Lifespan Weighed Down by Diet. JAMA Online First, April 4, 2016

In 2005, colleagues and I predicted in the New England Journal of Medicine that life-expectancy would decline in the US by mid-century due to the obesity epidemic. But I was stunned to see evidence for this prediction so soon in preliminary data just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Age-adjusted deaths rates for the first 9 months of 2015 increased significantly compared to the same time period in 2014, most notably involving obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, stroke and Alzheimer’s.

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Coke’s Dilemma

 

Coke’s Dilemma

A recent investigative series in the New York Times found that Coca-Cola gave millions of dollars in undisclosed support for research to highlight that lack of physical activity, not poor diet, is the primary cause of obesity. Sales of sugary beverages have fallen substantially in the last decade, as many studies linked these products to obesity and diabetes. In this context, Coca Cola’s funding for “research” looked like a cynical attempt to manipulate science for commercial self-interest, and the company quickly faced a firestorm of controversy. Soon thereafter, Coke’s CEO wrote a commentary in The Wall Street Journal promising to disclose all research and related sponsorships, seek guidance from independent experts, and act with integrity.

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Always Hungry? The Truth About How To Lose Weight — Without Deprivation

Always Hungry? The Truth About How To Lose Weight — Without Deprivation

It sounds so simple. If you want to lose weight, just eat less and move more. We’ve been taught that with just a few straight-forward changes –like skipping dessert and walking an extra 20 minutes a day — virtually anyone could become lean for life. It’s just a matter of “energy balance,” of burning more calories than you eat.

This way of thinking gave us the low-fat diet. Since the fat in food has more than twice the calories as the same amount of protein or carbohydrate, cutting back on dietary fat should lead to automatic weight loss.

This seems great in theory, but unfortunately, things didn’t turn out as expected.

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All Diet Books Do NOT Lie — An Open Letter to Vox Editor Ezra Klein

 

All Diet Books Do NOT Lie — An Open Letter to Vox Editor Ezra Klein

On March 24, Julia Belluz wrote a hostile review of my new book Always Hungry? for the online news site Vox titled: Diet Books Are Full of Lies. But They’re Even Worse When Doctors Write Them. I complained to the editor of Vox, Ezra Klein, that the article was fundamentally inaccurate, unfair and unprofessional. To his credit, Klein agreed to investigate and on April 27 published a substantially revised version that deleted the egregious title. The revision toned down the personal attack and included a few comments I provided by email (in an edited and highly abridged form). However, the revision remains unbalanced, and Vox refused to publish my full response. Furthermore, the original article was published with much fanfare — its inflammatory title attracting widespread attention (e.g., 15k Facebook shares). For that reason, I’m posting my response to the original article as an open Letter to the Editor. (The original and revised versions of the article are available for comparison here and here).

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3 Foods That Are Surprisingly Good For You

3 Foods That Are Surprisingly Good For You

1. Full-Fat Dairy. Reduced fat milk and other dairy products have been consistently recommended throughout the last 40 years. Dairy products are naturally high in fat, and much of that fat is saturated. So, we were told that by choosing low or nonfat milk, cheese and yogurt, we could enjoy the nutritional benefits of dairy without increasing risks for weight gain or heart disease. Simply put, this was bad advice.

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