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Waistline Expanding Food

Which food has been associated with increased waist circumference?

October 14, 2009 |
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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.

To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by veganmontreal.

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Dr. Michael Greger

Doctor's Note

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 theother 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!

For some context, please check out my associated blog posts: Poultry Paunch: Meat & Weight Gain and Diet and Cellulite 

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    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!

  • Karen Hyde

    It is a big problem in the UK too. The obese waddle around shopping centres heading for the fast food outlets. And it isn’t just the choice of diet, it is the sheer quantity consumed. Portion control has to play a part in this as well as changing to a predominantly plant based diet.

  • VeganNutritionist

    There are foods you can eat in unlimited quantities and not gain weight. I eat two to three times more food now then when I was 80 pounds heavier. Quantity is self regulated when you eat the right foods.

  • MadClown

    Please name the microorganisms that are on the pancreas and destroy it slowly resulting insufficiency of insulin then diabetes.

    Please name the types of the microorganism ovules that:

    1) are collected after the glomerular process and resulting lithiasis (so called kidney calculi that become one stone in the end)
    2) become tonsillar stones
    3) become salivary duct calculus
    4) resulting rhinoliths (calculi in the nasal cavity)
    5) resulting enteroliths (Calculi in the gastrointestinal tract)

    Please name the types of the microorganism of which excrements or fluids (under cold condition) do nervous system inflammation in so called ‘’rheumatism’’ just for ignorant people.

    Please consult a pathologist too, easy job. Man, Thank you a lot ;)

    • yardplanter

      You could at least make this a multiple choice test….!

  • Derrek

    Is leptin safe to supplement with?