In the “British Journal Of Sports Medicine”, “a recent report from the UK’s Academy of Medical Royal Colleges describes ‘the miracle cure’ of performing 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five times a week, as more powerful than many drugs administered for chronic disease prevention and management. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia and some cancers by at least 30%. However, physical activity does not promote weight-loss.”
The researchers went on to say that there is been a noticeable increase over the past 30 years of obesity but there has been little change in physical activity concerning the western population. They claim that this rise in obesity can be directly traced to the type and amount of calories consumed. “According to the Lancet global burden of disease reports, poor diet knowledge generates more disease than physical inactivity, alcohol and smoking combined. Up to 40% of those with a normal body mass index will harbor metabolic abnormalities typically associated with obesity, which include hypertension, dyslipidemia, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and cardiovascular disease.” Researchers stated that this fact is glossed over by “scientists, doctors, media writers and policymakers.”
The researchers went on to say that the public is being misled when calorie counting and “that obesity is entirely due to lack of exercise.” They blame the Food and Beverage Industry, which uses methods similar to the Tobacco Industry. Their chief methods of disingenuousness are denial, doubt, confusion, and payoffs to scientists.
Coca-Cola was pointed out by researchers as having spent $3.3 billion dollars on advertising in 2013. They are accused of sending a message that all ‘calories count’. “It is where the calories come from that is crucial. Sugar calories promote fat storage and hunger. Fat calories induce fullness or ‘satiation’.
Recent studies show “that chronic adaptation to a high fat low carbohydrate diet induces very high rates of fat oxidation during exercise (up to 1.5 g /minute) – sufficient for most exercises in most forms of exercise – without the need for added carbohydrate. Thus fat, including ketone bodies, appears to be the ideal fuel for most exercise.”
Researchers concluded within an admonishment to celebrity endorsements of the soft drink and junk food industry. “The health halo legitimization of nutritionally deficient products is misleading and unscientific.” According to the Centers of Disease Control, “changing the food environment –so that individuals choices about what to eat default to help the options—will have a far greater impact on population health than counselling or education.”
In addition, from the University of California, Davis comes more evidence that any amount of high fructose corn syrup significantly increases the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This fact was found even when healthy men and women consumed soft drinks for just two weeks.
Researchers found a direct correlation between the amount of sugar consumed in soft drinks and increases in specific risk factors for heart disease. “these findings clearly indicate that humans are acutely sensitive to the harmful effects of excess dietary sugar over a broad range of consumption levels”.
Researchers checked blood levels hourly to test for levels of lipoproteins, triglycerides and uric acid—indicators of heart disease risk.
As the dose of high fructose corn syrup increased so did the risk factors. Even volunteers who consumed the lowest dose of sugar had increased circulating concentrations of low density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglyceride.
The research found at the highest increase “in lipid/lipoprotein risk factors for cardiovascular disease or greater in men than women and were independent of body weight gain.”
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A Malhotra, T. N. (2015, April 22). It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2015-094911
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