Carbs launched a counteroffensive against fat, but protein is making a comeback by slamming the credibility of carbs’ friends. Like I wrote a couple months ago, the war against obesity rages on in this country, and it shows few signs of abating.
Let me translate my lead: Eleven health organizations have teamed up to slam the protein- and fat-heavy diets that are based on Atkins. The group, Partnership for Essential Nutrition, is warning that low carbohydrate diets can cause problems such as constipation, reduced energy levels and even problems with concentrating. Other problems include gout, kidney dysfunction, heart disease and cancer, reports The Washington Post.
While most members of the Partnership are non-profit organizations, it’s unfortunate that some of their bankroll comes from Weight Watchers, which has allowed Atkins supporters to cry fowl. One thing about the folk running Atkins, they’ll chop you up for dinner – since most of us are high in fat and protein – if you say anything bad about them.
The science, however, is behind the Partnership and not Akins. That’s because Atkins uses a bogus method for losing weight, which essentially dumps water out of the dieters’ bodies but will eventually have to be replaced.
While Atkins does get the calorie count to levels low enough for serious weight loss, it eventually calls for increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. But many Americans skip that part and use the diet as an excuse to continue eating high-protein and high-fat foods.
It makes absolutely no sense to be dumping carbohydrates from our diets when you consider humans have been successfully eating it for eons. The only thing that has changed is the TYPE of carbohydrates. Highly-processed white bread and Twinkies are the problem carbs, not brown rice and whole wheat.
But while the combatants continue to fire salvos at each understand this: Gastric bypass surgery is being recommended by the journal Pediatrics for severely obese teenagers, reports Reuters. That’s because these kids’ health problems are so severe that radical surgery is considered the only option for them.
As in all wars, the victims continue to pile up while the combatants’ egos and wealth interfere with a concerted, well thought out solution to one of the worst health epidemics this nation has ever seen.