Waistline-Expanding Food

Waistline-Expanding Food
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Which food has been associated with increased waist circumference?

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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 constipating 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. That 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, dairy, and eggs.

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, that helps 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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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 constipating 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. That 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, dairy, and eggs.

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, that helps 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.

Please consider volunteering to help out on the site.

Doctor's Note

Check out these videos for more on childhood obesity:
Infectobesity: Adenovirus 36 and Childhood Obesity
How to Prevent Prediabetes in Children
The Best Baby Formula

Also check out these videos for more on weight management via plant-based diets:
Nutrient-Dense Approach to Weight Management
Diet Pills Do Fat a Lot of Good
Is It the Diet, the Exercise, or Both?

And check out my other videos on obesity

For further context, see my associated blog posts: Poultry Paunch: Meat & Weight Gain and Diet and Cellulite.

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    1. Dr. Greger,
      I’m a plant based eater and have had some luck losing additional weight by following Bright Line Eating, partially based on the removal of sugar and flour including whole grain flours from the diet. The theory seems to be that sugar and flour leave us with higher baseline levels of insulin, which block leptin, making it difficult for our brains to be turned off from hunger. The program allows meat, dairy, fish, in limited amounts but has plant based options. I thought I read somewhere that insulin would be raised higher by meat than sugar or perhaps fruits. I have found that I can binge on dates, raisins, and peanut butter too. Is it all about the insulin, or more likely about the Pleasure Trap and calorie density, ala Goldhamer and Lisle? Are sugar and flours the prime and only offenders? Can you comment further on Bright Line Eating? Your book, How Not to Die is extraordinary. Thanks for that.




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      1. As a volunteer for NutritionFacts.com, I’m glad to read you’ve benefitted from How Not to Die. and good to hear you’ve lost unwanted pounds follsing a diet based on the removal of sugar and refined flours. While this site generally does not critique specific proprietary diets, the evidence is certainly available to support removal of sugar and processed grains. Meat, diary, fish, even in limited amounts have all the risks associated with animal products (see Health Topic Animal Products for a review. )
        You asked about the affect of insulin and while insulin certainly affects weight (see https://nutritionfacts.org/video/diabetes-reversal-is-it-the-calories-or-the-food/) concepts such as the Pleasure trap provide good explanations beyond the physiological for concepts of weight gain.You asked if sugar and flours are the only offenders and assuming you are talking about weight gain, certainly looking at fat, as a concentrated source of calories cannot be ignored. Check out; https://nutritionfacts.org/video/eating-more-to-weigh-less/ Best of health and weight management to you, focusing on evidence-based tips for lasting weigh loss.




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  1. 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.




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  2. 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.




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  3. 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 ;)




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  4. Why is there people that eat just meat and crap and is thinner than ever? I can’t loose weight even though I follow everything that helps :/




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    1. AnnieVanCookie: The following entertaining talk by the famous Doug Lisle does a very good job of answering that question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB6bTuQ. Doug Lisle covers a concept called calorie (or energy) density, which Dr. Greger also attributes to a person’s weight: http://nutritionfacts.org/video/eating-more-to-weigh-less/

      If you are interested in losing weight, I would recommend the following article from Jeff Novick RD in addition to the above two links: http://www.jeffnovick.com/RD/Articles/Entries/2012/5/20_A_Common_Sense_Approach_To_Sound_Nutrition.html Be sure to pay attention to the charts

      I think after watching the first few minutes of Doug’s talk, you will find your question answered at least in part. Hope this helps.




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