Sweden: obese kids have higher rates of metabolic syndrome

More than a quarter (26%) of apparently fit 6-year-old children in Sweden have at least one metabolic risk factor requiring action, according to researchers. Not surprisingly, Dr. Emma Kjellberg of the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg found that kids in the higher-weight groups were significantly more likely to be insulin resistant than the normal weight group (28% vs. 5%). This was also the case for high triglycerides (8% vs. 0%). Children with high waist circumferences had significantly higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure than those with normal waist circumferences. If that sounds scary enough, it’s because it is. We are talking about 6 years old kids with all the sign of… Read More

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Journos just can’t get keto right…

Have you noticed that keto and low carb themes are increasingly popular on TV and newspapers? Most of the articles are still advocating “healthy” carbohydrates and demonizing saturated fats, but at least they can encourage people to reduce the amount of sugar in their diet. Some articles though seem to get it right, or almost right. It’s the case with a recent one on news.com.au about an Australian woman who lost more than 50 kg in a year, a remarkable result obtained thank to a strict keto diet. It’s interesting to see that the woman was put on keto by her doctor, to help ease her hormone and fertility issue.… Read More

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Sales of packaged food decline, and the food industry doesn’t know what to do!

The big food companies can’t easily profit from raising grass-fed beef or growing kale. That’s the conclusion of a Wall Street Journal article about the decline in the sales of packaged products in supermarkets, and that’s probably one of the reason why there is so much ostracism toward low carb diets: what LCHF, keto and paleo have in common is the shift toward fresh produce and a drastic reduction of processed foods, good for your health but bad (very bad!) for the pockets of some companies. “The classic consumer food companies—makers of cereals, snacks, soups and condiments—are no longer the staples of pantries or portfolios” is the ominous warning of… Read More

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A device to stop you smelling food to lose weight

At the last European Congress on Obesity (ECO), Beck Medical introduced a device designed to suppress the ability to smell and therefore reducing the appetite. The device look pretty much like some ear plugs designed to fit in the nose, and it practically stops the smell of food without affecting the ability to breath. Please don’t laugh: the same guys that repeat every day that a low carb diet is wrong and harmful are working hard to bring us those wonders of technology and medicine…

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Donald Trump on a low carb diet?

The Italian press agency ANSA report that President Donald Trump seems to have cut carbs to lose some weight. A known lover of cheeseburgers, Mr. Trump seems to have ditched the buns following the advices of his personal doctor. The news come from Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and now member of the Trump’s entourage, and matches previous reports of Trump seen eating his beloved burgers without the bread or with just the bottom one. His adherence to the low carb diet seems a little bit vague, though, since a Boston Herald columnist reports that after ditching the bun, Trump ply the burgers with ketchup. Source: ANSA

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