1. 12:53 1st Feb 2014

    Notes: 1055

    Reblogged from johngushue

    Tags: healthdietnutritionfood

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    johngushue:

Here’s a chart that scarily sums up what’s out of whack with our diet. 

You are what you eat. And many Americans unfortunately are overweight or obese. Food is just one part of the health equation, but a big one. -cch

    johngushue:

    Here’s a chart that scarily sums up what’s out of whack with our diet. 

    You are what you eat. And many Americans unfortunately are overweight or obese. Food is just one part of the health equation, but a big one.

    -cch

     
  2. 10:04 15th Sep 2013

    Notes: 31

    Reblogged from bijan

    Tags: healthdietnutrition

    If you said to me, go and design a Diabetes store, I would just take you to the supermarket
    — The World Is Fucking Insane — Health & The Future — Medium (via bijan)

    Great post from Nick here. Doing good things with Sessions.

     
  3. Eat real food, as close to nature as possible. It’s what we do to food that is a problem — processing, refining, reducing and altering in general. Forget about reduced fat and skim milk. The less processing the better. If you’re going to eat fat, choose good quality and go for full-fat. Eat avocados, use olive oil or coconut oil (yes coconut oil is healthy) in cooking, have nuts, wild salmon, grass-fed butter, and pastured grass-fed beef.

    I think that reduced-fat foods, particularly skim milk, nonfat yogurt, etc. are a slippery slope. When you remove the fat content from one cup of milk, you lose a significant volume, which means it’s replaced with milk that has a higher concentration of sugar to fat ratio. It’s not the fat in milk that makes us fat. It’s the sugar.

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    A Chef and Doctor Talk About Butter 

    Medium is on a roll (not the dinner kind) with some great content lately. This conversation between a chef and a doctor is no exception. If it were food, it’d be calorically dense and nutritious. 

    (via chriskurdziel)

    Yes. Here’s to unprocessed food for better health for all.

    -cch

    (Source: zeb)

     
  4. Very interesting health/nutrition infographic which for those of you who have seen the movies Food Inc and Forks Over Knives already know many of these themes and takeaways. We humans should eat less meat and instead eat more plants, fruits, whole grains and unprocessed foods. A simple way to do the latter is to only allow yourself to consume a food or drink where its contents and ingredients you can’t pronounce or need a PhD to understand what it actually is once or twice a day max!

    To your health,

    Charles

    (Source: lucidty)

     
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    Want to maximize your health? Fight inflammation with a healthy diet including these foods in the picture above.  For more about this major factor (inflammation) in debilitating diseases such like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer… check out this article from the WSJ.  You’ll find that these diseases don’t need to be so deadly or widespread, but it takes discipline to be dedicated to healthy food choices and living. 
To your health,
-cch

    Want to maximize your health? Fight inflammation with a healthy diet including these foods in the picture above.  For more about this major factor (inflammation) in debilitating diseases such like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer… check out this article from the WSJ.  You’ll find that these diseases don’t need to be so deadly or widespread, but it takes discipline to be dedicated to healthy food choices and living. 

    To your health,

    -cch

     
  6. Food & health survey: more Americans believe eating healthy is harder than doing taxes!  More interesting insights in this recently released report, including the statistics that more than half of Americans (55%) are trying to lose weight. 

    To your health,

    -cch

     
  7. Cool quick clip about the #food industry & how it must change in developed countries for #sustainability (note - developing countries’ organic food production is a model developed countries can learn from). 

    To your health,

    cch

    jayparkinsonmd:

    Michael Pollan’s Food Rules by Marija Jacimovic

     
  8. Heart healthy diet

    Do you know what types of food and nutrition are good for heart health?  A lot of wives tales out there, not to mention conventional wisdom about what is good and bad for your heart in terms of diet.  It’s key obviously to your life, to promote health and reduce inflammation in your body.  This is a worthwhile article to check out!

    To your health,

    -cch

     
  9. beef its whats for dinner

    Very interesting article about the history of public health and food policy in America, particularly around the food pyramid and messages promoting dairy and meat (such as the above campaign pushing beef which I remember being bombarded with growing up as a kid).  A lot of interesting things to digest, but I think the bottom line: eat more fruits and vegetables, less meat and processed foods.  If you haven’t explored the impact of such a diet and on your health, you must watch Forks Over Knives.  It will give you a lot of food for thought. :) And we as Americans really need to actively consider the impact of our food choices, given the impact not only on our individual health, but also on our society’s astronomical healthcare cost burden (now $3 trillion and counting according to latest estimates)

    To your health,

    cch

     
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    Wonder why there are so many fitness & health/wellness start-ups out there?  Here’s your answer - the market for overweight people in the world is 1.5 billion.  And as a country, the US leads the world with over 30% of the population as being not just overweight, but obese (BMI over 30 - here’s a BMI calculator here)!
Since 2012 has just begun, not doubt many people are back at the gym and starting new year’s resolutions.  However, as Buster alludes to in a quick post from earlier this week, perhaps the focus shouldn’t necessarily all be on resolutions or outcomes (i.e. lose 15 pounds, gain 10 pounds on bench press max), but perhaps we as humans should factor in the discovery process and experience of new interests, such as healthy behavior and habit change.  For health certainly isn’t just your physical well-being, but your mental, emotional, and spiritual grounding as well.  It should be noted that many clinicians and healthcare providers recognize the importance of mental health as part of a holistic human health and often place mental health first before physical health.  For those who want to dive deeper, this mental health report from the US surgeon general is quite informative.  

I guess those Romans were wise and knew a thing or two as their quote goes (in the proper order in my opinion): Mens sana in corpore sano (Sound mind in a sound body).
-cch
coolhealthinfographics:

Health & Fitness Obsessed

    Wonder why there are so many fitness & health/wellness start-ups out there?  Here’s your answer - the market for overweight people in the world is 1.5 billion.  And as a country, the US leads the world with over 30% of the population as being not just overweight, but obese (BMI over 30 - here’s a BMI calculator here)!

    Since 2012 has just begun, not doubt many people are back at the gym and starting new year’s resolutions.  However, as Buster alludes to in a quick post from earlier this week, perhaps the focus shouldn’t necessarily all be on resolutions or outcomes (i.e. lose 15 pounds, gain 10 pounds on bench press max), but perhaps we as humans should factor in the discovery process and experience of new interests, such as healthy behavior and habit change.  For health certainly isn’t just your physical well-being, but your mental, emotional, and spiritual grounding as well.  It should be noted that many clinicians and healthcare providers recognize the importance of mental health as part of a holistic human health and often place mental health first before physical health.  For those who want to dive deeper, this mental health report from the US surgeon general is quite informative.  

    Romans

    I guess those Romans were wise and knew a thing or two as their quote goes (in the proper order in my opinion): Mens sana in corpore sano (Sound mind in a sound body).

    -cch

    coolhealthinfographics:

    Health & Fitness Obsessed

     
  11. Exercise

    Nice summary and reaction to the recent NYTimes article “Fat Trap” that I read and tweeted the other day below from Puneet (a fellow HBS alum in healthcare and Blueprint Health mentor).  So many people struggle with their body images, no doubt fueled by advertising and increasingly in many ways because of social media as some surveys suggest that 80% of women have insecurity with their looks or body images due to media. In particular, given that it is the holiday season and New Year’s resolution time, this is a good article to digest to understand some of the physiology, psychology, genetic and environmental factors associated with health, fitness, and weight-loss.  Hopefully we all can strive in little and regular ways to make better decisions around health which will lead to increased happiness, and hopefully if not longer lives at least better quality lives.  You don’t need to strive for absolute perfection, but consistency of habits is important.  Breaking things down into little habits and behavior change steps per BJ Fogg is helpful for successful, lasting habit change.  The little decisions we make day in and day out, week in and week out, impact our health and quality of life years down the road.  I’m particularly mindful of this, given that my paternal grandmom (and last grandparent) passed away earlier this week in Taiwan at the age of 85.  

    To your (and your families and loved ones) health for 2012,

    -cch

    ghst-innovation:

    Journalist Tara Parker-Pope makes an important contribution to the obesity and diabetes conversation in her recent article: Why Lost Pounds Come Back (NY Times). It’s great journalism, and worth the time to read the piece in its entirety.

    There are a few points from her piece that I…

     
  12. Sobering public health statistics (particularly for females) and striking images here.  In particular, the stat that girls see over 400 advertisements per day around body image and beauty reminds me of this striking video clip from a Dove campaign around real beauty that I first saw in business school.  With the prevalence of technology and social media, it brings up the debate as to whether technology makes growing up easier in this and future generations or whether it actually makes things tougher.   I’ve thought about this a bunch and written about it before (coming off of SXSW and an interesting article from the Guardian about whether the Internet is over).  I think it (technology and social media in particular) amplifies the good and bad of society, culture, and behavior, and accelerates the diffusion thereof.  I hope that for all the silliness and fun that social media can bring to our daily lives, it can continue to serve as a key outlet for social good, information and awareness, be it uprisings in the Middle East to campaigns for voting to public health initiatives.

    -cch

     
  13. Food, nutrition, and health are the topic for the day… I haven’t seen this movie yet, but it’s on my (long) to do list. Check out the Forks Over Knives website too for more information.  I definitely believe (thanks to research that has already been done), that many of the chronic health conditions plaguing our society (hypertension, diabetes, etc.) can be controlled and prevented by changes to diet and behavior.  Less reliance on pills, more engagement around healthy (less animal based and processed foods) eating and exercise!  Hopefully this gives you some food for thought before lunch (or breakfast). :)

    To your health,

    -cch

     
  14. 08:55

    Notes: 25

    Reblogged from david-noel

    Tags: public healthnutritiondiethealth

    Tuesday, by act of Congress, pizza was declared a vegetable. The Spending Bill before our elected officials contained an Agriculture Department provision recognizing that school kids are dangerously obese, and that subsidizing school lunches of frozen pizza and french fries is unwise and unhealthy. The Congressional response: a slice of pizza = a serving of vegetables.
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    Pizza

    Geez… I hope Congress can come to their senses.  This is part of a larger bill to fund and regulate various government departments, such as Agriculture, Commerce, and Justice, and Housing & Urban Development.  The USDA wanted to change the categorization that the tomato paste on pizza qualifies it as a vegetable, but Congress (thanks to some pressure no doubt from food companies) thinks pizza really does count as a vegetable.  Hopefully POTUS Obama has the nerve to not sign the bill being proposed by Congress.

    -cch

    Wow, this is likely the most stupid, ridiculous, pathetic, disturbing and insane thing I’ve read all year. 

    Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest « NotionsCapital

    (via david-noel)

     
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    So the USDA pushes fruits & veggies as part of a balanced diet in its public health message, but the US government actually subsidizes meat, dairy, and grains (corn) to a much larger degree.  Food is a huge industry, but interestingly enough the US Dept of Agriculture actually spends most of its subsidies on food ($79 billion or 2/3 of it’s overall annual budget), not farm subsidies.
Whatever the case may be, we need to start improving diet and nutrition with kids these days if we’re going to combat the staggering obesity rates in this country.  Eight states now have childhood obesity rates of greater than 20%, and more than 2/3 of the states (38) have adult obesity rates greater than 25%!  We’re not talking about being simply overweight, but being obese!  There are clear negative financial impacts associated with being overweight and obese as I have mentioned before, so this trend definitely impacts our health as human beings and our economy’s health.  Recent research suggests that at this rate, 50% of the US population will be obese by 2030.  Think about the added costs: about $6,500 - $8,400 in additional expenses annually per individual due to obesity.   
More people need to realize this fact (as referenced by the author at the end of the Forbes article summarizing this recent research on obesity): “Your health is your most important asset.”
-cch
jayparkinsonmd:

via fooducate
The food plate looks healthful enough, but federal incentives to farmers reflect an entirely different agenda. In large part, the government pays farmers who grow food for animals that become meat. (via Washington Post).

    So the USDA pushes fruits & veggies as part of a balanced diet in its public health message, but the US government actually subsidizes meat, dairy, and grains (corn) to a much larger degree.  Food is a huge industry, but interestingly enough the US Dept of Agriculture actually spends most of its subsidies on food ($79 billion or 2/3 of it’s overall annual budget), not farm subsidies.

    Whatever the case may be, we need to start improving diet and nutrition with kids these days if we’re going to combat the staggering obesity rates in this country.  Eight states now have childhood obesity rates of greater than 20%, and more than 2/3 of the states (38) have adult obesity rates greater than 25%!  We’re not talking about being simply overweight, but being obese!  There are clear negative financial impacts associated with being overweight and obese as I have mentioned before, so this trend definitely impacts our health as human beings and our economy’s health.  Recent research suggests that at this rate, 50% of the US population will be obese by 2030.  Think about the added costs: about $6,500 - $8,400 in additional expenses annually per individual due to obesity.   

    More people need to realize this fact (as referenced by the author at the end of the Forbes article summarizing this recent research on obesity): “Your health is your most important asset.”

    -cch

    jayparkinsonmd:

    via fooducate

    The food plate looks healthful enough, but federal incentives to farmers reflect an entirely different agenda. In large part, the government pays farmers who grow food for animals that become meat. (via Washington Post).