Just a quickie post here. some reading for you and a couple of interesting tidbits I've found on the web.
NASA - Total Lunar Eclipse: February 20, 2008
A total eclipse of the Moon occurs during the night of Wednesday, February 20/21, 2008. The entire event is visible from South America and most of North America (on Feb. 20) as well as Western Europe, Africa, and western Asia (on Feb. 21).
Gadgets: Talking Floor Helps Your Diet, Calls You Lazy Fatso
Diet Floor is a "smart" talking ceramic floor that will talk to you whenever you spend too much time on top of it at the wrong times. In other words: you go to the kitchen in between meals, stop in front of the the refrigerator to see what you can nib on and it will shout something like "Watch out for those extra pounds!" or "Beware of the cold pizza monster!" or something like that. And it gets even better when you install them in an office environment.
Then, the tile will turn from diet helper to employee abuser: if you spend too much time in front of the water cooler or the coffee machine, it will say phrases like "You should be working now," at which time you would probably grab a stapler and start hitting it.
Junkfood Science: I think, therefore I am: Part One
The wheels of change turn slowly. It would take more than three decades from when the health dangers of fat stigma and prejudices and their internalization were first recognized, for them to be addressed again by researchers. A study by researchers at Columbia University in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Public Health examines negative body image and concerns about weight and their effects on physiological and psychological health. Feeling fat and unhealthy is far worse for our health than actually being fat, their research suggests.Junkfood Science: I think, therefore I am: Part Two
Despite the popular assumption that body fat itself causes higher rates of hypertension, high cholesterol and the metabolic syndrome, “there is little evidence that this assumption is correct,” wrote Dr. Muennig and colleagues. This dearth of evidence is leading some scientists to challenge the adiposity (body fat) hypothesis. Instead of body weight, they said, “there is evidence that the BMI–health association is culturally produced.”
The very conditions associated with overweight and obesity, they said, are those also associated with the stress response: hypertension, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol levels. One reasoned explanation, they said, is that the stigma — fat prejudices — faced daily by fat people produces the stresses that risk their physical health. The heaviest people are most victimized.
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They've been bullied, discriminated against and insulted. Fat people say they want that degrading behavior to stop, the emotional scars to heal and the self-loathing to end.
"There's no good reason to hate yourself or feel ashamed of yourself because you're fat," said Kate Harding, 33, who lives in
Rogers Park. That's the message Harding, who has struggled with her body image, has written on her Shapely Prose blog (kateharding.net) since April, when she began solely focusing her posts on fat acceptance.
Welcome to the so-called fat-osphere, a growing online niche where bloggers and others tired of counting calories share stories and try to become comfortable in their own skin, instead of obsessing about their weight.
Note to Elle magazine: Anorexia is not “hot” » The-F-Word.org
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve heard anxious, insecure women say, “I wish I could catch a little anorexia!” as if the most fatal of all psychiatric diseases is something you can casually and socially contract, like the common cold, and just as easily recover from.Study finds those eating low-fat diets with high insulin levels are most prone to weight gain | Dr Briffa's Blog
There is nothing admirable in abusing your body in order to fit into a smaller size. There is nothing pretty in starving oneself to death. There is nothing picturesque in thrusting your face in a toilet, sticking your fingers down your throat and ripping a hole in your esophagus. There is nothing delicate about watching your hair fall out in clumps, nothing dainty in the fine white fuzz of lanugo spotting your body. There is nothing enviable about calling Poison Control because the ipecac hasn’t come back up. There is nothing laudable about shriveled ovaries and an enlarged heart. There is nothing attractive about pushing your body to the point of death, nothing commendable about a vastly abbreviated lifespan. There is nothing serene about a disease that is actively and willfully trying to kill you.
In individuals eating a lower fat diet, higher levels of insulin were associated with an increased risk of weight gain and increase in waist circumference.
This association was not evident in individuals eating a higher-fat diet.
Overall, in the low-fat eating group, individuals with the highest insulin levels gained 4.5 kg (9.9 pounds) more than those with low insulin levels.
Low-Fat Diet Recommended By Federal Government May Have Unintended Consequences
It is common knowledge that obesity levels in America have been recorded at record levels, almost reaching the point of an epidemic. However, in the wake of numerous federal guidelines that promote a low fat diet, one must beg the question -- is it possible that the government direction of dietary guidelines has somehow caused these unintended consequences, or is it just a coincidence?Well, not so quick after all........
In the March 2008 issue of the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, published by Elsevier, authors Paul R Marantz, MD, MPH, Elizabeth Bird, AB, and Michael H Alderman, MD, from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine explore just this question. In it, they suggest that the recommendations made by the government were based on limited scientific data and the implied assumption that it could do no harm. However, as evidence now may suggest otherwise, they warn that these guidelines may actually be harmful pending further study.