Sunday, June 05, 2005

Obesity Is No Laughing Matter

The European Congress on Obesity that has taken place in Athens, Greece this week has been one big fat joke! Literally!

While we already chronicled how one "obesity expert" recommended a dangerous mix of low-carb with a low-fat diet at this world conference on obesity, now we've got a Vanderbilt University Medical Center doctor telling people to laugh out loud for 10-15 minutes and you will burn 10-40 calories. Whoop-dee-doo!

Dr. Maciej Buchowski revealed this incredibly useless tidbit of information on Saturday at a meeting where real solutions to the obesity problem are supposed to be discussed. He shared this information as a genuine way to help people lose weight. But he ought to be ashamed of himself for merely attempting to grab headlines with this so-called research.

While I am all in favor of people laughing because it does make you feel better, it is highly unethical and deceiving for a doctor to suggest laughing as a viable way for people to lose weight. This may just be a "laughing" matter to the doctors presenting their ridiculous research at a world obesity conference, but dealing with this issue will take much more serious solutions than burning the minimal amount of calories through laughing. Where is the honest research on the obesity problem being done?!

Virtually ANY activity that causes your body to move in some way will burn calories. That's nothing new. The point is you need to find a physical activity that works for you and do it regularly. A regular cardio exercise routine is vital to any effective weight loss solution. Without it, you are doomed to fail at keeping the weight off permanently.

If we are going to be serious about dealing with the problem of obesity, then medical researchers and doctors need to stop conducting silly little research studies like this and start focusing on what works to bring about lasting weight loss.

How about doing more indepth research on the low-carb lifestyle combined with moderate exercise to see how it can solve the obesity problem? Maybe then the whole truth about this way of life that so many of us have chosen will finally be validated by scientific data and not just smeared by the media as an unhealthy fad.

For those people who are sick or even died from complications associated with being overweight or obese, this subject is no laughing matter!

06/05/05 UPDATE: It seems this blog entry was picked up by Google News (keyword: obesity) on Sunday afternoon because my pageviews and visitors are double what I usually have on a Sunday and the day's not even over yet!

If this is your first time here, then welcome to my blog! Feel free to browse around for a while. We've only been online for about six weeks, but there's a lot of information about the low-carb lifestyle at your fingertips here.

If you have any comments or questions, then feel free to contact me anytime. THANKS for stopping by and come back again soon!


Blogger DarkTeach said...


I happened across your blog from a link on Google News. I too decided to go the "low carb" route, and while I've not been as successful at you with the weight loss, one thing I have discovered is that my depression went away. Even now, when I give in to the "carb craving" the depression starts again. I don't eat nearly as many carbs as I did in the past. I used to live on rice, potatoes and pasta.. no more! Those things MAY get eaten once a week. And if I go overboard, I can feel that "heavy depressed feeling" coming back.

Now I'm working on the "weight" aspect of it. Congrats on your success!

6/05/2005 5:59 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Thanks for stopping by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb today. We've got lots of room for you and the others who found us today via Google News to come back again real soon. Make yourself and home and stay a while. We promise not to bite. :)

6/05/2005 9:15 PM  

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