Sour news about too much sugar

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DALLAS (Associated Press)– A spoonful of sugar? Americans are swallowing 22 teaspoons of sugar each day, and it’s time to cut way back, the American Heart Association says.

Most of that added sugar comes from soft drinks and candy — a whopping 355 calories and the equivalent of guzzling two cans of soda and eating a chocolate bar.

By comparison, most women should be getting no more than 6 teaspoons a day, or 100 calories, of added sugar — the sweeteners and syrups that are added to foods during processing, preparation or at the table. For most men, the recommended limit is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, the heart group says.
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Study: weight gain shrinks brain

A new Livescience.com article reports that obese people have 8 percent less brain tissue than normal-weight individuals. Their brains look 16 years older than the brains of lean individuals, researchers said.

Those classified as overweight have 4 percent less brain tissue and their brains appear to have aged prematurely by eight years.

The results, based on brain scans of 94 people in their 70s, represent “severe brain degeneration,” said Paul Thompson, senior author of the study and a UCLA professor of neurology.

“That’s a big loss of tissue and it depletes your cognitive reserves, putting you at much greater risk of Alzheimer’s and other diseases that attack the brain,” said Thompson. “But you can greatly reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s, if you can eat healthily and keep your weight under control.” [Read more...]

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Help others stop ‘waisting’ away

Consider these facts:

  • Rampant diabetes that shows no sign of diminishing but, in fact, continued explosive growth.
  • Heart problems related to the myriad of stresses placed on the body because of so many people being far overweight.
  • Orthopedic problems with lower extremities because of stress upon joints from inordinate amounts of pressure on hips, knees, ankles and feet.

This list of health complications often associated with obesity just keeps going.

Those struggling with weight gain need encouragement, not condemnation.  Convey a concern for their general health and a willingness to celebrate even the smallest of weight losses.

There is too much at stake to ignore the weight-challenged.

With your help, a life might be changed

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Obesity Trends 2008

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