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Lisa Marie
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Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2006 - 3:59 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Article from today--Carol H could solve the obesity cause with one article, if people would just listen and stop dancing around the real problem:

Posted on Thu, Sep. 14, 2006
Food industry shares blame for obesity
By Ramon Castellblanch
The obesity epidemic is taking a staggering toll on American lives.

Obesity now causes 400,000 deaths in the United States each year, according to the American Journal of Public Health. And a recent report by Trust for America's Health, a national health advocacy group, notes this toll is particularly high among low-income Americans.

Titled ``F as in Fat,'' the report found that obesity is leading to increases in type-2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes.

While there are a host of causes behind this epidemic, one of the leading factors is the profit-driven behavior of food manufacturers and sellers. Coca-Cola spent $2.2 billion pushing its syrupy beverages in 2004, according to the British medical journal, Lancet. Not far behind, Pepsi spent $1.7 billion. And McDonald's spent more than $700 million to push fast foods.

To shift blame away from itself, the food industry uses a public relations script that focuses on personal responsibility. It suggests that if people are overweight, it's their own fault. It claims the industry is only responding to consumer demand. It insists that any government action to abate its practices is an attack on freedom.

In spite of the toll of the obesity epidemic and irresponsibility of the food industry, our government has no strategic plan to take on this epidemic, according to ``F as in Fat.''

The Bush administration claims to be concerned about America's security, but it dithers while hundreds of thousands of Americans die of obesity-related illnesses each year.

Five years ago, the U.S. surgeon general called for action on obesity. But the Department of Agriculture worries that ``large adjustments'' would be needed in the agriculture and processed-food industries if people ate more healthily.

The USDA's indifference leaves people to try to lose weight through ineffective diet programs. Americans spend $35 billion annually on weight-loss products and services, but most diets have failed to result in long-term weight loss.

Given the Bush administration's inaction, private lawsuits could help make the food industry accountable for its role in the epidemic. But the White House fights even that option. ``Food manufacturers and sellers should not be held liable for injury because of a person's consumption of . . . food,'' the White House said in a statement supporting a 2004 House GOP bill that would have banned health-related suits against the food industry.

When 400,000 Americans are dying a year -- much of it correlated to industry greed -- government action should be required.

The Bush administration and Congress should finally heed the surgeon general's call and make industries that are profiting from the epidemic change their ways. Thousands will continue to needlessly die, otherwise.

RAMON CASTELLBLANCH is assistant professor in the health education department at San Francisco State University. He wrote this article for the Progressive Media Project.
Carol H
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Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 12:42 pm:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks Lisa Marie,
Have you seen this latest article? It is about the link between antiphyschotic drugs and weight gain, but what I found fascinating is the link between histamine and weight gain. Specifically between histamine and AMPK. Apparently, drugs that affect receptors for histamine activate AMPK and result in weight gain. I have info about AMPK on the obesity page of The link to MSG is simply this: We know MSG increases histamine reactions. Is this why AMPK becomes activated by MSG? MSG = histamine = activated AMPK = slower metabolism + less activity = weight gain? If so, it would be an extra reason for MSG to cause obesity IN ADDITION to increasing insulin response and increasing hunger as well as targeting the hypothalamus and the amygdala in the brain.

What concerns me is that some folks, are now advocating ACTIVATING AMPK to fight obesity when they don't realize it is activated AMPK that is causing obesity. Boy a little knowledge sure is a dangerous thing.
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Posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 - 10:46 am:   Delete PostPrint Post   Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The latest news about obesity being worsened by stress mentions NPY which helps you pack on the pounds. Well what the news articles WON'T tell you is this: That glutamate INCREASES the action of NPY which makes us gain weight. Glutamate Blockers and NMDA blockers reduce this effect.

What does this all mean? That we are STILL RIGHT, folks. MSG will make you fat - literally. NPY also affects the growth of blood vessels - which means that the unusual growth of my renal artery that the doctors couldn't explain that caused me to now have an artificial artery may have ALSO been due to my occupational exposure to MSG and aspartame.

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