This is a collection of health news and related links for plus-size women. Please bear in mind that many, even most of such studies are the following
1)Funded by corporations that make a great deal of money from the diet industry. 2)Inconclusive. 3)Find correlation, yes, but not causation. A triangle may be prone to cancer, but a square also being a geometric shape does NOT mean it is also prone to cancer. 4)Exaggerated and panic-inducing. The “obesity epidemic” exists in part because people never previously considered “obese” have been re-classified under an arbitrary definition of “fat.”
For more insight and understanding into this, please read Junkfood Science from the beginning.
- There is research positing that obese children have faulty taste buds.Â The idea that obesity has a single cause sounds pretty faulty to me.
- African American children with a higher BMI are 16% more likely to have high blood pressure than Caucasian children.Â We have a tendency to treat any percentage quoted like itâ€™s 70% or higher â€“ if itâ€™s a concern, get it checked out, definitely â€“ but donâ€™t react like itâ€™s virtually guaranteed.
- Also concerning: African Americans are less likely to stick with the DASH diet, designed for high blood pressure.Â (Or the sample group studied was less likely to lie about cheating on a diet?) It seems that training people in getting to know their spice cabinets would make all these diets more bearable for everyone.
- More on blood pressure: a mix of rice bran and sesame oil (about 1.25 ounces a day â€“ very small amount) actually dropped blood pressure in hypertensive adults studied in New Delhi, India.
- More evidence suggests a strong link between soda and obesity. The problem isnâ€™t soda â€“ the problem is that we put sugar, both corn syrup and cane, in everything. People go into addiction withdrawal when they cut it out of their diets, which is a good sign we do need to stop using the refined stuff.
- Dairy probably doesnâ€™t contribute to weight loss.