Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Obese people have 'severe brain degeneration'

I read this article about obesity. I DID NOT AUTHOR IT! So don't blame me. Read it and give me your opinion. There are a lot of truths in this article.

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."
The findings are detailed in the online edition of the journal Human Brain Mapping.
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.
More than 300 million worldwide are now classified as obese, according to the World Health Organization. Another billion are overweight. The main cause, experts say: bad diet, including an increased reliance on highly processed foods.
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.
Obesity is measured by body mass index (BMI), defined as the weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters. A BMI over 25 is defined as overweight, and a BMI of over 30 as obese.
The research was funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Center for Research Resources, and the American Heart Association.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

America is out of shape

I was watching the TV the other day and I notice on "Good Morning America" a lady who was talking about America and our obesity problem. She is their expert nutritionist and to say the least very truthful.

She showed concern on how fat we have come as a nation and the ramifications that it will have on us as a nation. She stated that with the obesity of today this could have a profound effect on our national status as a "Super Power" in the world. She stated that unless we wake up we will find ourselves looking in on what we use to be.

I both agree but disagree with her.

I agree that we are getting heavier every year. I agree that this obesity, for the majority of people, can be stopped. But because of our laziness it hasn't happened. I agree that we know what we have to do we just don't have the desire to do it. I agree that Diabetes (type 2) is up big time and High Blood Pressure is also up and both of these in most cases can be avoided just by exercise. I agree that we eat way to much and at the wrong times and for all the wrong reasons. I agree that we have too many diets and diet plans and this is confusing so many on what is good from what is just a fad.

However I don't agree on our "Super Power" status and this is why. You see she left one major important thing out of her equation, GOD. He gave us that status and no one but him can take it away from us, NO ONE. Yes, we have fallen as a nation and run( and for some walked) far away from God in so many ways. But in the end we are still a Christian nation and a freed people and with this in mind our "Super Power" Status is still very strong.

Remember, only God can take away something that he gave us freely.

For my weight loss challengers 2007, 2008, and 2009

I saw this the other day and I wanted to share it with you.

Dieting may not be fair, but I have two choices: I can feel sorry for myself, stop following my plan,never reach my goal, and contiue to be unhappy with myself. Or I can sympathize with myself but go ahead and do what I know I need to do. Everyone experiences some kind of unfairness in life. This is one of mine. Besides, the greatest unfairness to me would be if I let this excuse prevent me fromreaching a goal I strongly want to achieve.
Please remember that slow and steady wins the race. Stay the course and in the end you will live a better quality life.

thank you

I want to thank You for what you have already done.
I am not going to wait until I see results or receive rewards; I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until I feel better or things look better; I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until people say they are sorry or until they stop talking about me;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going
to wait until the pain in my body disappears;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until my financial situation improves;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until the children are asleep and the house is quiet;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I get promoted at work or until I get the job;
I am going to thank you right now.
I am not going to wait until I
understand every experience in my life that has caused me pain or grief;
I am thanking you right now.
I am not going to wait until the journey gets easier or the challenges are removed;
I am thanking you right now.
I am thanking you because I am alive.
I am thanking you because I made it through the day's difficulties.
I am thanking you because I have walked around the obstacles.
I am thanking you because I have the ability and the opportunity to do more and do better.

I'm thanking you because FATHER, YOU haven't given up on me.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

my daughter winning

She won everything but the uneven bars. But she won the overall. Good job Peanut Butter.

my daughters gymnastics

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