Fat and Sassy

my views on being larger than life.

Lack of sleep linked to fat March 4, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — erylin @ 10:09 pm

from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100301091302.htm

A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine (very good, solid research school/institution btw) reveals how extremes of sleep (both too much and too little)  can be hazardous to your health.  The findings also indicate that there’s more to “fat” than what we choose to eat, including social factors such as the need to work three jobs in a bad economy, could be causing dangerous fat deposition around organs, the kind of fat more and more research is showing is what is ACTUALLY bad for you. 

“We put a lot of stock in diet,” said Kristen G. Hairston, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism and lead author on the study. “But this study brings up some interesting questions about the way we live. We may need to start looking at other behaviors — besides daily food choices — that could be contributing to the obesity epidemic in younger age groups.” (emphasis mine)

Maybe it’s not food after all…maybe the recent obesity epidemic stems from the average of 6 hours of sleep adults get….i know MANY kids under the age of 10 that go to bed at 10, 11, 12p….and their day starts at 6a, 7a. The study showed a clear association (but remember kids correlation (or in this case association) does not equal causation) between getting 5 hours a sleep a night or less and having visceral fat in patients under 40.   Hispanic men and african american woman were the ones most adversely affected.  

Short sleep has become more common in the United States and minorities are disproportionately affected, said Hairston, an affiliate of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, part of the School of Medicine. They are also more prone to metabolic conditions, including increased rates of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The study suggests that part of the explanation for higher rates of metabolic disease in this population may lie in the association between sleep duration and fat deposition. (emphasis mine)


Fat Tax study gone wrong

Filed under: Uncategorized — erylin @ 6:48 pm

Tax junk food:  that’ll help.

A recent study involving 42 mothers were given 22$ to feed a family of 4 for a week.   

In the simulated supermarket, the women had the choice of 30 healthy and 30 junk food items, four healthy beverages — two types of juice, skim milk and water — and four sugary drinks, all represented in images.  The women went shopping five times. The first time, the prices of all the food and drink items were on par with those in a local supermarket.  Twice, the prices of healthier foods — those that deliver more nutrients for fewer calories — were lowered, and on the remaining two shopping trips, the prices of the unhealthy food and drink items were raised.  The researchers found that hiking the price of junk food, as would happen with a so-called “sin tax,” was more effective at getting the women to buy a week’s shopping that was lower in overall calories than was cutting the price of the healthy food items.

I have so many issues with this study its crazy…first off…..42  people is hardly a good enough sample to even call this an experiment, and, at least at MY university would be thrown out for too small a sample size, but apparently it was good enough for the University of Buffalo (hardly a top research facility) psych dept.   Secondly, unless i am eating ramen and mac and cheese 4 nights a week, I don’t know ANYONE that can feed a family of 4 for 22$.   Cant be done.    Of COURSE if they give you 22 dollars for a week and they lower the prices on “healthy stuff”  you get the “bad” food with more calories….so your family of four can freaking LIVE.  

Personally, I am all for taxing soda and “junk”  food….i don’t think junk food is healthy…tax away, especially if it lowers the price of stuff like grapes.   and bananas.  BUT HEALTHY FOOD  HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH OBESITY.   Besides, I just dont like badly done studies.