• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 10 comments on The Cure for Obesity: Fat?

  1. Even if this did “cure the obesity epidemic,” that doesn’t mean we can all stop exercising. There are more health benefits to physical fitness than just decreasing your fat mass.

    1. Agreed. Also, if you alter one factor, it may have unknown repercussions. Brown fat tends to go hand in hand with other nutrients and things naturally found in the food we eat, such as vitamins, cholesterol, etc. (which is also vital for our health). Gaining extra brown fat without the nutrition that goes along with it naturally may not turn out as expected.

    2. Physical activity and diet are the primary, root factors that contribute to obesity, with environment, education and socioeconomic status being effect modifiers, the extent of which we do not fully understand yet. I would rather see research resources being spent on practices and processes that improve those factors rather than tricking the bodies natural processes.

  2. The CDC’s “causes” do nothing to pinpoint the biochemical mechanisms for why people store fat in the first place. The researchers do not acknowledge the role carbohydrates play in inducing an insulin response, whose primary role is to store fat in fat tissue. Here’s an inforgraphic that explains the process in a simple way. http://www.foodtechconnect.com/2012/01/26/infographic-of-the-week-carbs-are-killing-you/

    The low-fat, high-carb dogma of modern nutrition has done a great deal of harm since being implemented in the late 1970’s (USDA Food Pyramid). Carbohydrates, and particularly sugar, are becoming less and less popular, while low carb/primal/paleo ways of eating are on the rise.

    Many of the conclusions fed to the public are not based in rigorous scientific work, but epidemiological studies, which are nothing more than statistical analyses of (usually unreliable) data to find correlations between variables. This says nothing about cause and effect. A more scientific approach to finding the causes and effects of overweight and obesity is the goal of The Nutrition Science Initiative (NUSI), a “Manhattan Project” style of research. More information can be found at http://www.NUSI.org

  3. Gastric bypass cost prevents me from undergoing the surgery. It is very expensive and I am considering a safer and inexpensive solution which is better than gastric bypass surgery: Roca Labs costs only $640 compared to $12,000 gastric bypass surgery cost. Anyway, gastric bypass NO surgery sound better. But, I am not sure how good Roca Labs is….

    1. Dear Mikki, If possible, try to attend an Overeaters Anonymous meeting at the Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton MA. I believe it is at 7:30 a.m., but call the hospital to confirm. (Also, I believe there is an Overeaters Anonymous web site; which probably has lists of meeting locations…) Save your $$$$, go to some Overeaters Anonymous meetings. (I prefer the meetings with a 90 day requirement…. which means the people who speak have 90 days or more not eating flour or sugar/not eating compulsively. ) Bring a buck to toss in the “basket…” It will be the BEST $$$ you have ever spent on yourself in your life. Best of Luck, Carol

  4. Just an FYI-Brown fat was discovered more than three years ago. Bodybuilders have been using the asthma drug, clenbuterol, off-label for decades. Clenbuterol targets brown fat and revs it up to burn more fat.

  5. My daughter had those white spots all the time when she was a teenager. I asked the doctor about it and he said she was lacking something in her diet but, I can’t remember what.

  6. Some people are addicted to Alcohol. Some people are addicted to food. Some people are addicted to…. (fill in the blanks!) Regarding Food Addiction, if the “researchers” want to “get the skinny” about this disease, I suggest they attend an Overeaters Anonymous meeting at Newton Wellesley Hospital some Saturday morning. (Call the hospital to check on exact time; location is in the Auditorium. It is ALWAYS packed!) As for Adriel’s comment regarding “instead….” if it were this easy then obesity would not exist!!!!

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