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Westerners 'Programmed for Fatty Foods and Alcohol'

Green Lifestyle  (tags: Westerners, fatty foods, alcohol, research )

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Westerners could be genetically programmed to consume fatty foods and alcohol more than those from the east, researchers have claimed.


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Joan for Peace (413)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 11:16 pm
ok i really enjoyed reading that, thanks for finding it nancy great post

Toni C (508)
Thursday July 14, 2011, 11:41 pm
Noted and thanks for the article... I find it biased... not all of us look like the one in the picture, drink alcohol or eat fatty food. I'm a little less than 5' tall and weigh about 105 lbs... eat in moderation and don't appreciate being compared to someone morbidly obese.

Shirley S (187)
Friday July 15, 2011, 12:24 am
MODERATION in everything is the way to go.

wolfNoFwdsPls a (135)
Friday July 15, 2011, 2:11 am
for a certainly interesting, and probably a bit enlightening, discussion of "geneticism" see presented in Zeitgeist: Moving Forward (2011)

JustaHuman Here (53)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 3:37 am
This is nonsense.

Erica D (75)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 4:02 am
This is ridiculously stupid. It's pseudoscience that aims to fat-shame. By the way, plenty of "westerners" do not eat fatty food or drink alcohol.

Bob P (394)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 5:06 am
thanks for the info but don't see genetics having much to do with people not following a healty life style

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 5:38 pm
Thanks Nancy.

Ronald Gumbs (0)
Saturday July 16, 2011, 8:27 pm
Westerners are fat because they eat fatty foods, filled with animal fat, salt, and sugar. Ninety-one percent do not eat more than five servings of vegetables and fruits daily. And if a Westerner walks for 35 miles, he/she can burn one pound of human fat.
Vegetarians and vegans living in the Western hemisphere are also programmed, but they are not overweight. Consuming alcohol will not make you fat, if you lead an active life. Members of AA were never fat because the number of kilocalories in booze is insuffcient to result in obesity.

Ellen m (215)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 3:32 am
God, I hope taxpayer money wasn't spent for this so called study!

Marianna Molnar (9)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 7:39 am

Dan Holoman (2)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 11:41 am
We do like to pig-out and drink till we puke!

Donna G (42)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 12:25 pm
Perhaps there is something genetic about being overweight. Of course, there are also medical reasons for being overweight. Once my mom was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, she was put on medication. She lost weight and had somewhat more energy. She walked 10 miles a day. Her dress size went from 24 1/2 down to 16 1/2. Even though she ate healthy foods and walked a lot, she could not get lower than a 16 1/2 dress size.

If you have a healthy diet and have regular exercise, and that doesn't mean hitting the gym 3 times a week, there is no guarantee that you will be thin, if you are not genetically inclined to be.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 1:09 pm
Noted !

M B (62)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 2:35 pm
Noted. I think that slow cooking and a healthy diet helps a lot. Fast food is poison for the body.Why are so many US citizens are too fat ? Because they like their fast food. Asian people do look much better; the Japanese have sushi instead of french fries, Indians have their rice and veggies, instead of hot dogs and donuts,fruit is better than pancake.....juice is better than coke or beer.....the list seems endless, the rest is that there's no guarantee that you'll be thin, as Donna puts it. Don't eat when you are bored or upset, only eat when you feel hungry.

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 4:29 pm
perhaps the money spent on this research could have gone to helping scotland in particular (re aberdeen university) with their issues such obesity and alcoholism as it is very previlant there. Thank you good reading

Juliana D (18)
Sunday July 17, 2011, 11:47 pm
Noted, Thanks!

pam wilkerson (14)
Monday July 18, 2011, 3:29 am
Noted! Thanks!

pam wilkerson (14)
Monday July 18, 2011, 3:43 am
Blame on Mcdonald and any other fast food!

William Y (54)
Monday July 18, 2011, 6:14 am
I am not going to take sides with this, needs more evidence.

Esther Z (94)
Monday July 18, 2011, 6:50 am
Genetically predisposed? I think it would be more of a social or cultural difference. Easterners tend not to drive as much, thus, walk more. Californians live in their cars. It's not unheard of for someone to drive to a store that is only 5 minutes away. I think a more sedentary lifestyle is the main culprit for those suffering from obesity.

Dotti L (85)
Monday July 18, 2011, 12:57 pm
I agree with Esther. I come from a family of obesity. My Mother was 1 of 11 children - all obese. My siblings
obese. Promised myself at a very early age that I would not be. Have kept that promise throughout the years. 5"2" and 115 pounds.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Monday July 18, 2011, 1:28 pm
I don't think you can call something genetically programmed when it depends on a series of choices that we make every day (what and how much of it to consume, whether to move or not and how, etc.).

Helle H (21)
Monday July 18, 2011, 3:03 pm

. (0)
Monday July 18, 2011, 3:18 pm
This is pseudo-science trying to make everyone feel better for living a sedentary lifestyle. The West just has more companies making crappy food, because they know we will buy it and they can make lots of money. This is a study so fewer people can take responsibility over their own lives. Don't we have enough of this lack of accountability?

James Vaipan (0)
Tuesday July 19, 2011, 11:22 am
Come on, we didnt need to see the ladys backside. Golddigger hahahaha

caterina caligiuri (69)
Saturday July 30, 2011, 3:34 pm

Robyn M (6)
Sunday July 31, 2011, 4:15 pm
thks nancy noted always has good articles.
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