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Supersized Backlash

February 5, 2013 by  

Supersized Backlash
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A recent study sought to determine if modernization, which often correlates with a sedentary lifestyle, is a major contributing factor to obesity and heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

The study centered on the Tsimane, an indigenous population in the lowland’s of Bolivia’s Amazon basin, for whom heart disease is practically non-existent, cholesterol is low and obesity is rare. The Tsimane rarely partake in smoking.

The findings were surprising. The lifestyle of typical Tsimane men proved more active than the average American (particularly due to their labor-intensive jobs), but their physical activity level did not significantly separate them from other developed populations. They were not more vigorously active than athletic Americans.

According to researcher Michael Gurven, professor of anthropology at UC Santa Barbara, that finding was consistent with the theory that excess food intake, not physical activity, is more responsible for the obesity epidemic seen especially in Americans over the past several decades.

Kellye Copas

Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    I EAT ANYTHING I WANT [SALTY/GREASY SOUL FOOD]. I SMOKE FOUR CIGARS DAILY AND DRINK ABOUT 150ml OF SCOTCH WHISKEY DAILY. WHEN I WAS WORKING, I HAD A WHITE-COLLAR JOB. AND, FOR MORE THAN TEN YEARS MY WEIGHT IS 185lbs.

  • ibcamn

    Ha ha ha ha,i knew it,when gov’t pressure made the fast food places withdraw bonus size orders,i knew somewhere in time this was gonna happen!GEEZE!give it a rest,super size left the order of oversized portions of salt and carbs and grease a long time ago,plenty of time for any fat pig of a fast food lover to lose any amount of weight!so don’t go bitching and blaming the fast food industry for your(the people) fat issues or lack of weight lose!it all comes down to the persons willingness to want to lose the weight!exercise and lose the weight,get up off your lazy fat a$$ and lose the pounds!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      I would love to say that exercise is the cure all for all obesity but the reality is that exercise may make you feel hungrier and you will eat more. It is a viscious cycle. You can also gain weight on just a little food and what is supposedly good food.
      You want to lose weight go on a Fast where you only drink water as needed and No a Fast is not juice drinking or fruit juice drinking. It may have to be an extended fast of 30 days or more. No, if you are obese you will not starve to death by fasting.

  • eddie47d

    Conservatives have always said that it is everyone’s right to look like a super sized Tweedledee and Tweedledumb! Anyone who says differently is a government commie traitor. Just ask IBCAMN! (just depends on what day it is) Its their blue blooded American right to be as large as the Brooklyn Bridge as long as they can fit through the Burger King doors! LOL!

  • FreedomFighter

    Its the chemicals in the food and water, plastics, cleaning products, body care products etc etc

    Laus Deo
    Semper FI

  • KG

    “90% of what your body does is due to genetics. The other half is due to what you eat” Yogi Berra

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      I AGREE.

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