The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 27, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past A new study has found that the number of salivary amylase gene copies appears to be strongly associated with obesity risk in humans. Those who had less than four copies of the AMY1 gene, which is fairly common, were at 8 times higher risk for obesity than those with more than nine… Read More

Do fat people live longer?

fat and happy

We’ve all heard the recent news story splashed all over the TV and internet: overweight people actually have a lower risk of dying than those of normal weight.  (1) What a shock to the millions of Americans on a weight-loss diet, not to mention the hundreds of health professionals, research scientists, and government policy makers who are working around the clock to combat the obesity epidemic in this country! Could it be that we’re all… Read More

How to walk 10,000 steps a day if you’re a desk jockey

treadmill desk

Everybody knows how important physical activity is to health. But recent research has indicated that sitting too much is harmful on its own – even if you’re getting adequate exercise when you’re not sitting. One meta-analysis involving 18 studies and over 800,000 subjects found that those who sat the most had a 2-fold higher risk of diabetes, a 2.5-fold higher risk of heart disease, a 90% higher risk of death from heart disease and a… Read More

Can Some Trans Fats Be Healthy?

butter

This article is part of a special report on Red Meat. To see the other articles in this series, click here. Trans fats are one of the few food components that are widely accepted as being unhealthy, and for good reason. Industrial trans fats are created by pumping hydrogen molecules into liquid vegetable oil, changing the chemical structure and causing the oil to become a solid fat. Trans fats are generally considered to be especially harmful… Read More