Wednesday, June 28, 2006

10 Causes of Obesity Other Than Over-Eating, Inactivity
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
By Daniel J. DeNoon


Just about everywhere you look, doctors are blaming America's obesity epidemic on two things: too much food -- especially widely marketed fast food and junk food -- and too little exercise, with too much time in front of the TV.

But we're paying too much attention to the "big two," argue David B. Allison, PhD, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham clinical nutrition research center, and his colleagues.

To stimulate debate, Allison and colleagues suggest 10 other possible causes of obesity. Their article appears in this week's online edition of the International Journal of Obesity.

10 Causes of Obesity
The Alabama group puts forth these 10 "additional explanations" for obesity:

1. Sleep debt. Getting too little sleep can increase body weight. Today's Americans get less shut-eye than ever.

2. Pollution. Hormones control body weight. And many of today’s pollutants affect our hormones.

3. Air conditioning. You have to burn calories if your environment is too hot or too cold for comfort. But more people than ever live and work in temperature-controlled homes and offices.

4. Decreased smoking. Smoking reduces weight. Americans smoke much less than they used to.

5. Medicine. Many different drugs -- including contraceptives, steroid hormones, diabetes drugs, some antidepressants, and blood pressure drugs -- can cause weight gain. Use of these drugs is on the upswing.

6. Population age, ethnicity. Middle-aged people and Hispanic-Americans tend to be more obese than young European-Americans. Americans are getting older and more Hispanic.

7. Older moms. There's some evidence that the older a woman is when she gives birth, the higher her child's risk of obesity. American women are giving birth at older and older ages.

8. Ancestors' environment. Some influences may go back two generations. Environmental changes that made a grandparent obese may "through a fetally driven positive feedback loop" visit obesity on the grandchildren.

9. Obesity linked to fertility. There's some evidence obese people are more fertile than lean ones. If obesity has a genetic component, the percentage of obese people in the population should increase.

10. Unions of obese spouses. Obese women tend to marry obese men. If there are fewer thin people around -- and if obesity has a genetic component -- there will be still more obese people in the next generation.

And the researchers’ list of 10 doesn't exhaust the possibilities. There may be even more explanations. Four examples of this include: a fat-inducing virus; increases in childhood depression; less consumption of dairy products; and hormones used in agriculture.

I, being in the overweight catergory, find this all very interesting, but I still think a majority of it is still based on plain convenience foods and lack of activity. Number 8 is scary to think about since I am 38 and just had a baby.


Brief Note......

Back to work today. Need to adjust and find some things to write about. I miss my baby but I don't miss being at home all day. I like working. Now it is Daddy's turn to stay home with him. Daddy and Parker will have some bonding time for the next 6 weeks.


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Baseball Anyone?

I had to take this while he was sleeping because he didn't like the hat on while he was awake. He is 8 weeks old today and Mommy goes back to work tomorrow.


Thursday, June 22, 2006

Picture Was So Cute I Had To Share!

I know, I know. I took this today and it was so cute.






This is News?

Lawmaker Mocks 85-Year-Old Reporter's Appearance
Helen Thomas Has Covered White House For Nearly 50 Years

King said about Zarqawi, "There probably are not 72 virgins in the hell he's at." He went on to say, "And if there are, they probably all look like Helen Thomas."

Personally I don't find it offensive that he made these comments. I can't stand her and so what if she has been covering the White House for 50 years, she has been a thorn in their garden the whole time. I think the comment was funny and for the media to be all over it as a big issue just shows you where the MSM has set their priorities. Do you think you will see anything about WMDs being found in Iraq over the last few years? I saw on Fox News this morning that they may not have been able to be fired but they are there which is what some of us believed all along.


Monday, June 19, 2006

A Post for Kitty!

Thank You Kitty, I love my new onsie!


Baby Media Matters

(click on picture to enlarge)


Sunday, June 18, 2006

Another One? Ok You Twisted My Arm!

He is just too cute! Me biased? No Way!


Back Again!!!

So now my computer has finally been fixed and I bet you all have been waiting for another picture of the baby. Well I won't disappoint you so here you are. His last doctor's appt. he weighed 12 lbs 4 oz. He is only 6 weeks old. The outfit I have him in in this picture is almost to small for him.

I am still at home and will be returning to work on June 28. The I can spend my breaks and lunch time blogging regularly.