Which food has been associated with increased waist circumference?
A biological understanding of why soy may result in less abdominal fat.
It all starts with constipation, and so we’ve got to start young. Why are nearly one third of our preschoolers constipated? It’s all in the title: Increased prevalence of constipation in pre-school children is attributable to the under-consumption of plant foods, and also dairy was found to play a role as well.
The childhood obesity epidemic has gotten so bad in the United States that there are now doctors advocating stomach-stapling gastric bypass surgery for kids. In fact, if the obesity trend continues, all Americans will be overweight by 2050, 100%. and 100% obese by the end of the century.
So what has to change? Well, abdominal girth appears directly related to meat consumption. A third of a centimeter increase in waist circumference for every 10 grams of meat consumed means an inch onto our waist for every daily burger, so like one belt notch per burger. But it’s not just about cutting back on meat, eggs, and dairy.
In a study just released this year, the diets of hundreds of identical twins were analyzed. Same exact genes, but those eating more plant-based diets had more favorable levels of this hormone secreted by human fat cells to help control weight.
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W.T. Lee, K.S. Ip, J.S. Chan, N.W. Lui, & B.W. Young. Increased prevalence of constipation in pre-school children is attributable to under-consumption of plant foods: A community-based study. J Paediatr Child Health, 44(4):170-175, 2008.
Y. Wang, M.A. Beydoun, L. Liang, B. Caballero, S.K. Kumanyika. Will all Americans become overweight or obese? Estimating the progression and cost of the US obesity epidemic. Obesity (Silver Spring), 16(10):2323-2330, 2008.
A. Cassidy, P. Skidmore, E.B. Rimm, A. Welch, S. Fairweather-Tait, J. Skinner, K. Burling, J.B. Richards, T.D. Spector, & A.J. MacGregor. Plasma adiponectin concentrations are associated with body composition and plant-based dietary factors in female twins. J Nutr, 139(2):353-358, 2009.
For some of the most recent videos on childhood obesity:
Infectobesity: Adenovirus 36 and Childhood Obesity
How to Prevent Prediabetes in Children
The Best Baby Formula
Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. And check out the other videos on obesity. Also, there are 1,449 other subjects covered in the rest of my videos--please feel free to explore them as well!
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