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Here’s an unusual combo…

Someone has managed to pull together two of my favorite topics – getting fit and decluttering – into one book under the theme of “you’ll remain a mess if your place is a mess.”

I have not read this myself (see Jeri’s Organizing & Decluttering New for a full review) but I am intrigued and have already added it to my Bookmooch wishlist.

I am curious to know if there is any objective analysis of the idea that slobs are fatter (which is the obvious conclusion from this advice).

It is certainly an interesting twist on a couple of divergent “get your act together” themes, though I’m sure the author has had to tread very carefully to avoid insulting readers by insinuating stereotypes.

In short:

(1) tidy up,
(2) take more time to eat properly and
(3) find the time for this by stop watching so much TV

… you fat, slobby, couch potato !


Bariatric Surgery has Nothing on this Hack

If you thought stomach stapling was too extreme for the treatment of obesity, then this will really yank your chain.

Doctors in Toronto have experimented on a morbidly obese man by implanting electrodes into his brain to stimulate appetite suppression. One has to assume that you are quite desperate to hack your brain for results.

The interesting outcome, however, was that the doctors discovered that the electrical current to the hypothalamus resulted in “turning up the brain volume” such that memory and ability to learn was greatly enhanced. There was no mention of whether the patient’s appetite was affected. Research clearly took a happy turn and they didn’t look back.

New brain anyone?


Obesity ‘may be largely genetic’

Via the Beeb:

Their American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that differences in body mass index and waist size were 77% governed by genes.

It strikes me that a more accurate interpretation is that 77% of obesity can be explained by genetic incompatibility with a modern western diet. Genetics dictates the potential for obesity. Everything else is environmental. Send those people off to the savanna with a sharp stick then get back to me.

It’s not a genetic disease like Tay-Sachs, where the mere presence of the genes equals the disease.
Comment by Mark in What to Eat

If this were not the case, the growing epidemic of obesity would imply that obese people are reproducing more, and are hence “genetically fitter,” than those of normal weight. That may be so but seems unlikely. It also means they are poping out babies like crazy over the past 20 years.

Well if it is true, I would like to report that over the Chinese New Year, I’ve mutated slightly and, due to my genetic make-up, I am larger by 1 pound

Study: Lowering blood sugar increased risk of death

Back to the drawing boards:

For decades, researchers believed that if people with diabetes lowered their blood sugar to normal levels, they would no longer be at high risk of dying from heart disease. But a major federal study of more than 10,000 middle-aged and older people with Type 2 diabetes has found that lowering blood sugar actually increased their risk of death, researchers reported Wednesday.

More: New York Times