Gary Taubes: How Bad Science Made The World Obese

This video with author Gary Taubes examines nutrition, and how it came to be that everything the average person knows about nutrition is fundamentally wrong. We learn how this misinformation has persisted, why it has been so detrimental, and how things are starting to change all over the world. We talk about paleo nutrition, common dietary misconceptions, and a criticism of crappy science.

Walking as a revolutionary act of self-care

Get on your shoes and walk, as a revolutionary act of self-care. T. Morgan Dixon and Vanessa Garrison, the founders of the health nonprofit GirlTrek, are on a mission to reduce the leading causes of preventable death among black women — and build communities in the process. How? By getting one million black women and girls to prioritize their self-care, lacing up their shoes and walking in the direction of their healthiest, most fulfilled lives.

‘Fat but fit’ a gross exaggeration, says new study

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Medical research has previously suggested that obesity can have little impact on a person’s chances of contracting various harmful diseases if they are otherwise medically healthy. However, the latest research, which tracked obese but “metabolically healthy” people, found that they continued to be at higher risk of developing diabetes and heart-related diseases later in life.

Dr Rishi Caleyachetty, who led the research, said the new research indicates that health professionals need to change their approach to obesity cases.”This is the largest prospective study of the association between metabolically health obesity and cardiovascular disease events.

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Crash Test Dummies 100 lbs Heavier

Crash test dummies, otherwise known as full-scale anthropomorphic test devices, which is a bit harder to say, like these ones at Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn Development Center are supposed to represent “typical” Americans. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

In order to make them simulate realistic human beings, crash test dummies will be heavier.  A sad reflection on the obesity epidemic!

For years, standard dummies have been 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds. But as CBS News reports, Humanetics, the leading maker of crash test dummies, will be making a heavier (by 100 pounds) and taller (by a few inches) dummy to better represent Americans.

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