We Are Fat Because We Are Hungry, And Here’s Why

May 17, 2014 8:06 am 2 comments

In a long and well-read (over 200 comments) piece in the New York Times76444-354x233-Bagel, two obesity researchers explain why we are fat– because we eat too much; why we eat too much–because we are always hungry; and why we are always hungry–because we eat the wrong foods. By wrong foods, they mean processed foods and high carbohydrate foods. David S. Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Mark I. Friedman, vice president of research at the Nutrition Science Initiative don’t say anything that hasn’t been said before, but they say it persuasively, because they back it up evidence, including two studies conducted by Ludwig. In one, the Times reports, Ludwig examined 21 overweight and obese young adults after they had lost 10 to 15 percent of their body weight, on diets ranging from low fat to low carbohydrate. Despite consuming the same number of calories on each diet, subjects burned about 325 more calories per day on the low carbohydrate than on the low fat diet — amounting to the energy expended in an hour of moderately intense physical activity. In another, Ludwig found that rats fed a diet with rapidly digesting (called high “glycemic index”) carbohydrate gained 71 percent more fat than their counterparts, who ate more calories over all, though in the form of slowly digesting carbohydrate. Here’s the bottom line:  “With reduced consumption of refined grains, concentrated sugar and potato products and a few other sensible lifestyle choices, our internal body weight control system should be able to do the rest. Eventually, we could bring the body weight set point back to pre-epidemic levels. Addressing the underlying biological drive to overeat may make for a far more practical and effective solution to obesity than counting calories.” Read more in the New York Times.

2 Comments

  • Add to that dysfunctional fat cells as evidenced by the “gut” which is indicative of shortening telomeres and is also evidence of dysfunctional cells in other body tissues. This is what we arrive at. Total calories is at issue especially for those who have this issue earlier in life then becomes exacerbated with the lack of effective cells otherwise we would not become ravenously hungry until the energy stores were closer to depletion. The addictive food additives(flavor enhancers magnify the problem dramatically.

  • Sugar and high fructose corn syrup among others more addictive than cocaine. Virtually all of us alive now are so because of the desire for high energy foods even today when foods are quite plentiful, someone without this trait would probably die of starvation specifically for lack of calories-energy as most other foods require more net energy to process than they provide. Those without the sweet tooth, including high calorie fats/carbohydrates probably succumbed during food shortages-famines.

Leave a Reply


Recent Posts

  • Fitness Gear Pain Muscle-Building Supplements Linked To Cancer

    Muscle-Building Supplements Linked To Cancer

    No, it’s not better to look good than to feel good, especially if looking good requires muscle-building supplements that contain creatine or androstenedione, two additives that may increase the risk of testicular cancer. How do we know? Because a Brown University news release reports that researchers at the school interviewed nearly 900 men, 356 of whom had been diagnosed with testicular germ cell cancer, and 513 who had not, asking not only about their supplement use but also about a wide variety of […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain Many Diet Supplements Contain Dangerous Chemicals

    Many Diet Supplements Contain Dangerous Chemicals

    In December, Canadian authorities banned the sale of diet and workout supplements that contain BMPEA, calling the chemical, which is nearly identical to amphetamine, a “serious health risk.” Curiously, in the United States, the FDA took no such action, even though it had found that nine of 21 supplements tested contained the same chemical as long as two years ago. Strange? It gets more strange. Writing in the New York Times, Anahad O’Connor reports that the federal agency never made […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain No, You Won’t Have A Heart Attack While Exercising, Probably

    No, You Won’t Have A Heart Attack While Exercising, Probably

    The next time your spouse warns you not to push too hard while exercising because you might have a heart attack, remind him or her of the findings of this recent study by the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute study. Researchers at the institute studied the 1,247 people aged 35-65 from the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area who had a sudden cardiac arrest between 2002 and 2013. The envelope please… they found that just 5 percent, or 63 people, had a sudden cardiac arrest during […]

    Read more →
  • Gear Pain Women's Health The More You Sweat, The Better You Smell

    The More You Sweat, The Better You Smell

    The more you sweat, the better you smell. That, at least, is the claim of researchers at Queen’s University in Belfast, who have come up with a perfume delivery system that releases more of its aroma when it comes into contact with moisture. Hence, the more you sweat, the more aroma is released, and the better you smell, if you happen to like the aroma. A Queen’s University news release reports that the perfume system also has the ability to remove […]

    Read more →
  • Eating Well Pain Garlic Is Good For Your Brain

    Garlic Is Good For Your Brain

    No. Garlic won’t make you smarter, but according to researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, it might protect your brain against aging and disease. A U of Missouri news release reports that researchers at the school focused on a carbohydrate derivative of garlic known as FruArg and the role this nutrient plays in protective responses, paying particular attention the nutrient’s ability to inhibit ― and even possibly reverse ― brain cell damage caused by environmental stress. What did they […]

    Read more →
  • Fitness Pain Fitness Cuts (Some) Cancer Risk In Half

    Fitness Cuts (Some) Cancer Risk In Half

    First, the numbers: 13,949 men were given a treadmill test to determine cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF). During an average 6.5 years, 1,310 of them were diagnosed with prostate cancer, 200 with lung cancer and 181 men with colorectal cancer. Researchers found that men with a high CRF in midlife had a 55 percent lower risk of lung cancer and a 44 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer compared to men with low CRF. And now the bad news: the same association was […]

    Read more →
  • Attitude Pain Don’t Get Angry: It’s Bad For Your Health

    Don’t Get Angry: It’s Bad For Your Health

    How bad, exactly, is anger for your health? Let this article in the Wall Street Journal count the ways. The journal reports that anger releases adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger an increase in heart rate, blood pressure and sugar metabolism. That’s great if you’re being attacked by a saber-toothed tiger, but it’s not so great when you’re sitting in traffic. Long term health effects can include damage to the heart, and increased blood pressure and blood flow can damage the […]

    Read more →
  • Pain Vitamin D May Slow Some Prostate Cancer

    Vitamin D May Slow Some Prostate Cancer

    Over the years, vitamin D has been hailed, and often unhailed, as a cure for several unpleasant conditions. Now comes research from the Medical University of South Carolina suggesting that it can slow the progression of some non-aggressive prostate cancers. Science Daily reports that researchers at the school conducted a randomized, controlled clinical trial, which assigned 37 men undergoing elective prostatectomies either to a group that received 4,000 U of vitamin D per day, or to a placebo group that didn’t receive […]

    Read more →