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Lifestyle change: “I know what to do, I just need to do it…but how?”

June 23, 2017

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Dr. Monique Tello is a practicing physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, director of research and academic affairs for the MGH DGM Healthy Lifestyle Program, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, and author of the evidence-based lifestyle … See Full Bio
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July 6, 2017

Dear Alan White: They’re finding now that some specific gut-bacteria actually cause weight gain. They have done the experiments with rats and mice; and taken stool transplants from obese mice & given them to skinny mice and found that they, too, became obese. It’s NOT a CHARACTER FLAW! So, put that in your skinny-little-25-push-up-attitude. No one WANTS to be fat! And most of us have done everything that we could NOT to be, but still are. We’re slighted, condemned, and criticized – and NOW we’re told that a cold-virus as well as certain gut flora mentioned above – can also cause a person to become overweight. So MAYBE it’s not just PIGGING-OUT and SLOTH that makes one OBESE! it seems that we’re getting to the bottom of the problem, finally!!! Thank Goodness! They also know that certain Skinny mice have more brown fat than Obese mice who have more white fat. Brown fat is more thermogenic and burns more calories keeping those mice skinny, whereas the mice with more white fat are, – fatter. That is a hereditary issue one is born with. So, one can’t take all the credit for being the “right” size and shape!!! Maybe it’s not WHAT ‘you’re’ doing right, but rather what “family gifts” you received that keep you looking “slim and nifty,” albeit severely judgmental.

Alan White
July 3, 2017

Ho hum. Another bureaucratic scheme layered on top of another bureaucratic scheme, ad infinitum and ad nauseam. Obesity (fat people more properly) cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year. We need a federal law making it a requirement that any applicant for any state driver’s license be capable of 25 push ups, 50 sit ups, and a 12 minute (or less) time in running a mile.

Graeme Harrison
July 3, 2017

Alan White, instead of your eugenics approach (wipe out the less-thin), how about a ‘fleet average’ benchmark for all fast-food outlets – that they have to serve at least one-third of their meals as salads, with lean/grilled chicken or fish added… without the 16oz soda drink ‘meal upgrade’.

Then let them work out how to not so aggressively bundle sugared water with every meal, or greasy burgers as their mainstay. The meal upgrade that could be allowed is sliced (ie ready to eat) fruit with Sodastream-style carbonated water (nil calories).

Then start naming and shaming those chains that are not meeting the benchmark. I live overseas, but just spent another month in the USA and was shocked by how the sugar-loading of all foods and drinks continues unabated.

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