Saturday, November 28, 2009
While Travis and I regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, I thought we’d attempt to do a regular weekly feature of the best mini-stories that we came across during that week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.
1. Lincoln university introduces a weight criteria for graduation and catches much flack as the story goes media viral - I bet Lincoln is regretting the move: http://bit.ly/8OyQR8
2. While obesity may spread through social networks like a virus, dropping your hefty friends is not the solution to your beer belly: http://bit.ly/4pGOE0
3. Apparently, The Biggest Loser medical staff may not be medically qualified and their weight loss practices are unsafe – Should I really be surprised? http://tiny.cc/v3UOZ
4. The average Thanksgiving meal estimated to contain 3,000 calories and 229 g of fat: http://bit.ly/91tPJm
- Probably the reason why it tastes so good. I am jealous of our US neighbors who celebrated Thanksgiving this week. Is it normal to enjoy Thanksgiving for both Canada and the US? I just have so much to be thankful for…and I really like turkey :)
5. It is suggested that the average dog owner gets more exercise than someone going to the gym: http://bit.ly/8nv9QP
- I would bet this all depends on how hyperactive and large your dog is – then again lugging all 3 lbs of your purse dog around all day can also burn a few kcals, I guess.
6. Great editorial in Archives of Internal Medicine on how crooked pharmaceutical companies can be – will do anything to sell more drugs, despite potential danger to public and awareness of much cheaper, equally efficacious, and less harmful alternatives. Vioxx serves as a perfect example of how greed can overcome ethics. http://bit.ly/4D0s7W
7. New study: The diabetes population and the related costs are expected to at least double in the next 25 years in US: http://bit.ly/7Qzs4o
8. New Study: People who report work- or finance-related stress are more likely to have the metabolic syndrome. Just another example how our increasingly fast-paced lives are taking a toll on our health. This is particularly true for those of us who are high-strung to begin with. Let’s all just take a deep breath… http://bit.ly/7wcc6Z
9. The government of Ontario is deliberating giving prescription rights to Naturopathic Doctors. Not surprisingly many are opposing the move, such as this fuming editorial in the National Post: http://tinyurl.com/yl7zn7f
10. And finally, according to a new study, Ginko Biloba has no effect on reducing CVD risk & "cannot be recommended for preventing CVD": http://bit.ly/5IRsfL
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