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Old 08-26-2009, 12:37 PM   #1
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Obese People Have 'Severe Brain Degeneration'
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Obese People Have 'Severe Brain Degeneration' - Yahoo! News
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"A new study finds obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals. Their brains look 16 years older than the brains of lean individuals, researchers said today.

Those classified as overweight have 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains appear to have aged prematurely by 8 years.

The results, based on brain scans of 94 people in their 70s, represent "severe brain degeneration," said Paul Thompson, senior author of the study and a UCLA professor of neurology.

That's a big loss of tissue and it depletes your cognitive reserves, putting you at much greater risk of Alzheimer's and other diseases that attack the brain," said Thompson. "But you can greatly reduce your risk for Alzheimer's, if you can eat healthily and keep your weight under control."
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Obesity packs many negative health effects, including increased risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and some cancers. It's also been shown to reduce sexual activity.
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Obese people had lost brain tissue in the frontal and temporal lobes, areas of the brain critical for planning and memory, and in the anterior cingulate gyrus (attention and executive functions), hippocampus (long-term memory) and basal ganglia (movement), the researchers said in a statement today. Overweight people showed brain loss in the basal ganglia, the corona radiata, white matter comprised of axons, and the parietal lobe (sensory lobe).

"The brains of obese people looked 16 years older than the brains of those who were lean, and in overweight people looked 8 years older," Thompson said.
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Obesity is a growing health problem some health experts call an epidemic.
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Some 32.7 percent of U.S. adults 20 years and older are overweight, 34.3 percent are obese and 5.9 percent are extremely obese. Obesity raises the risk of diabetes, some cancer, heart problems and other diseases, and it reduces sexual function.
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The news that fat people could help save Earth by eating less generated big headlines yesterday. But many people question whether it's good science or bad manners to pin the planet's woes on the overweight.

The news was based on a report from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which says:

"Because food production is a major contributor to global warming, a lean population, such as that seen in Vietnam, will consume almost 20 percent less food and produce fewer greenhouse gases than a population in which 40 percent of people are obese (close to that seen in the USA today). ... Transport-related emissions will also be lower because it takes less energy to transport slim people. The researchers estimate that a lean population of 1 billion people would emit 1.0 GT (1,000 million tons) less carbon dioxide equivalents per year compared with a fat one."

The researchers, Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts, note that obesity is on the rise all over the world. All medical experts agree this is a health problem. Obesity has been linked to everything from deadly diabetes to increased risk of cancer. Many analysts fear the U.S. healthcare system — already in bad shape — could crumble under the weight of what many doctors see as the obesity epidemic.
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I spent some time as manager of a Federally funded apartment house for the Elderly and Disabled. One of our tenants was a 700 lb gentleman who spent his last days trying to get healthy enough for gastric bipass surgery. He died before he ever made it to the operation.

But in the process I did have quite a lot of interaction with this guy. One thing I learned about this level of obesity: it does not happen without a facilitor. The person is not capable of eating this kind and amount of food by himself.

There is usually a cook with a gallon jug of Crisco oil, plates of doughnuts, and brownies. It really is homicide not suicide.

Maybe if we passed laws, or fines against morbid obesity it would make a difference.
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Fat People Have Bigger Carbon Footprints
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You can toss your empty soda cans in the recycle bin instead of the garbage, saving energy and reducing landfill. Or you can wear hemp clothes and drive a hybrid car plastered with bumper stickers requesting the salvation of everything from owls to dust mites.

There are lots of little ways to go green, but if you really want to help save the Earth, you can start by dropping a few pounds.

It's no secret that obesity has plenty of personal health consequences; the list of diseases that have been associated with being overweight include higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and less sex, to name only a few. But being fat also has consequences for our planet—often in ways we might not expect.

The fact is that lean is green, and larger people leave larger carbon footprints on the world.
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I refuse to denounce twinkies or McDonalds french fries for that matter.
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There was talk out there of federally taxing meat to help pay for the hidden costs. We already have excise taxes (sin taxes) on gas, cigarettes, and liquor.
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Tobacco smoking kills
Tobacco increases health care costs
Tobacco exacerbates poverty
Tobacco contributes to world hunger by diverting prime land away from food production
Tobacco production damages the environment
Tobacco reduces economic productivity
Substitute the word Twinkie(s) above for the word Tobacco. The hidden costs of obesity are most likely higher than the hidden costs of smoking. Will our Twinkies taste as good when they cost $5 each? They're coming for our twinkies. Our resources are not unlimited.
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A $5 Twinkie?

You really know how to hurt a guy.
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Give up the Twinkies while there's still time.
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I think it is really really bad to eat twinkies, smoke cigarettes (or bananas) and use Round Up. If you do all three you should pay an extra tax.
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