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obesity

More than 95% of Americans do not follow the already lax U.S. dietary guidelines. Obesity is associated with serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Eating a plant-based diet appears to help with weight management by upregulating metabolism or altering gut flora and may also be safer and healthier than relying on drugs and surgery. Those trying to maintain a healthy weight may want to avoid eating chicken (see also here), fish, fish oil, dairy (see also here), and meats (see also here, here, and here). Foods that may help include beans, Indian gooseberries, broccoli, nuts (see here and here), soy, and green tea.

Dr. Greger covers obesity in his full-length presentation, Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, where he explores the role diet may play in preventing, treating, and even reversing our top 15 killers.

Topic summary contributed by Elizabeth Stolle.
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Watch videos about obesity

  • Testing the Pistachio Principle
    Testing the Pistachio Principle
    If the fecal fat losses associated with undigested pieces of nuts (due to inadequate chewing) and the tedium of shelling them in the first place helps account for why nuts don't tend to lead to...
  • Solving the Mystery of the Missing Calories
    Solving the Mystery of the Missing Calories
    A few theories have been proposed as to why nuts don't appear to contribute to weight gain, including the "pistachio principle" and the fecal excretion theory.
  • Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence
    Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence
    Nut consumption does not appear to lead to the expected weight gain.
  • Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
    Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death
    Death in America is largely a foodborne illness. Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, Dr. Greger offers practical advice on how best to...
  • The Acne-Promoting Effects of Milk
    The Acne-Promoting Effects of Milk
    Dairy is considered a major cause of the acne epidemic and other more serious chronic diseases in the Western world due to the "abuse" of the mammalian postnatal signaling system by widespread cow...
  • Vegetarians Versus Healthy Omnivores
    Vegetarians Versus Healthy Omnivores
    Even after controlling for a variety of dietary and nondietary factors, those eating plant-based diets appear to have lower overall cancer rates.
  • The Dangers of Broccoli?
    The Dangers of Broccoli?
    A case report of a woman after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery trying to eat right.
  • Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up
    Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up
    A case report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly Journal of the American Dietetic Association) of a man who went on the Atkins diet, lost his ability to have an...
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