Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

August 28, 2015

The Myth of Physical Inactivity and Obesity

Yesterday I shared a Lancet study on the global burden of disease. Here we learn that “You cannot outrun a bad diet.”

Malhotra A et al. It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity & obesity. BJSM Online First, published on April 22, 2015 as 10.1136/bjsports-2015-094911.

“The Lancet’s global burden of disease report states that poor diet now generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined. Up to 40% of those with a normal BMI harbor metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity: hypertension, dyslipidemia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease & cardiovascular disease. Many still wrongly believe that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise. This false perception is rooted in the foot industries pubic relations machinery, which uses tactics chillingly similar to big tobacco which successfully stalled government intervention for decades using a ‘corporate playbook’ of denial, doubt, confusing the public and buying the loyalty of bent scientists. Coca Cola spent $3.3 billion on advertising (2013) and associated its products with sport, suggesting it’s “Ok” to consume their drinks as long as you exercise, but this is misleading and wrong.”

“This study fulfills the criteria for causation.”

“A recent critical review concluded that dietary carbohydrate restriction is the single most effective intervention for reducing all features of the metabolic syndrome and should be the first approach in diabetes management, with benefits occurring even without weight loss.” (Emphasis mine.)

And… one more.

Foroughi, NG. et al. Prospective associatiations and population impact of sweet beverages and Type II diabetes, and effects of substitutions with alternative beverages. Diabetologia, April 2015 DOI: 10.1007/s00125-015-3572-1.

“Replacing the daily consumption of 1 serving of a sugary drink per day with either water or unsweetened tea or coffee can lower the risk of developing diabetes by between 14% and 25%. For each 5% increase of a person’s total energy intake per day provided by sweet drinks including soft drinks, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes may increase by 18%.” (Emphasis mine.)

I have gone to some effort over the years to alert you to the Tsunami of ill effects from a lifestyle of poor diet leading to obesity (Search “diabetes”, “obesity”, “weight loss”, etc. for Posts). This is more along those lines. I have also suggested strategies and tactics for getting off that path and onto the path of wellness and health. (Search “green drinks”, “JuicePlus+”, “tea”, as examples.)

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