Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Another Dubious Honour for Obesity

Saw a press release from the Canadian Liver Foundation yesterday.

Obesity has overtaken alcohol as the number one cause of liver disease in Canada.

Over 1.4 million Canadians apparently have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or NAFLD.

15% of obese children have NAFLD.

NAFLD can of course progress to non-alcoholic steato-hepatitis or NASH.

NASH can progress to cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis can progress to death.

Sorry, can't think of anything funny to say today.

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  1. Anonymous6:52 am

    It's very obvious that you despise what McDonald's is doing to our youth, but I have to admit, the food tastes really good! I love having a juicy burger or chicken nuggets. I don't have it often, maybe once every three weeks. Is that so bad? How often is too often for fast food meals? For those of us who cannot resist, could you suggest some ways to limit the nutritional dangers each time we visit a fast food restaurant?

  2. Yup - it's actually very easy.

    Don't go to a fast food restaurant when you're hungry, or better yet, don't let yourself ever get hungry.

    Hunger will always win and if you "can't resist" all you've confirmed is that 100 million years of evolution is a very powerful force.

    Hunger doesn't just come from the stomach and food cravings, compulsions and inability to reason through dietary choice is a sure sign there's hunger involved.

    To minimize hunger I recommend that you eat every 2-3 hours with protein at each meal and snack and ensure you've had at least 300-400 calories per meal and at least 100 calories per snack.

    There are no right or wrong amounts in terms of how often you should hit fast food locations.

    I'd recommend going the smallest number of times that will leave you feeling happy with your lifestyle. Not more and not less and of course that number will vary for everyone.