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Obesity Increases the Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

A recent Cornell University study published in Science Translational Medicine has shown a correlation between obesity and changes in breast tissue that can lead to a myriad of diseases, including cancer. The study also shows that the prognosis for obese women with breast cancer is worse than those who are not obese. The extracellular matrix, tissue that surrounds fat cells in the breast, can begin to stiffen as people gain weight. This stiffening is conducive to the development of cancerous cells. Typically, the stiffening of the extracellular matrix is limited to scar tissue formation from trauma, surgery or other damage. In obese women, however, this tissue seems to form without any discernible catalyst.

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Taming Your Wild Appetite

Did you think that weight loss surgery would help you solve your wild “appetite” issues for a life-time?

I bet it didn’t take long to realize that it didn’t. Sure, surgery may “tame” them for a while but soon they return, and sometimes with a vengeance. So, if weight loss surgery isn’t the answer, then what is?

Is there an answer to our overwhelming appetites?

The answer is YES. There most certainly is a solution. But in order to find it, we need to understand a little about how our appetites work, and how to tame them.

You may have discovered already, that our appetites don’t like to be ignored. The more we ignore them, the hungrier we become. And the hungrier we become, the more we eat. But the more we try to fill our appetites, the more they rage. Feeding our appetites with excess only leads to weight-gain, guilt, and shame. Realizing that over-indulgence doesn’t work,we conclude that we didn’t try hard enough, so we repeat the cycle. We try replacing our excess with total deprivation.

This is where we have gotten off-track. We have more than just physical appetites or a physical need for food. We have many other appetites. We also have emotional and spiritual needs. We have an appetite for sex, authority, power, pleasure, work, gaining wisdom, companionship, love, acceptance, to be wanted, needed, understood, cared for, appreciated, trusted, and to fellowship with God. WOW! Now, that’s a lot of appetites. No wonder we still find ourselves facing the wild side of our insatiable hungers.

Physical food can only satisfy physical hunger. In order to fully satisfy an emotional appetite, we must use the actual thing being desired to fill the need. When we try to fill our emotional needs with food, our real needs go unmet. Any appetite that goes unmet will grow stronger and our unfulfilled appetites scream all the louder to be fed.

The key is to discover what our real need is—whether physical, emotional or spiritual. Discovering our real need will allow us to fill our needs with what they’re really hungry for. For example, if it’s companionship we’re seeking, filling our needs with food doesn’t help. Actually our unmet need for companionship only grows worse. It’s starving. It cries out all the louder to be filled. Our appetite for companionship is not bad, it’s good, but it needs to be filled with healthy and fulfilling relationships, not food.

Are your many appetite needs being fulfilled or are they being starved? Remember, the trick is to discover what we are hungry for. Once we identify our appetite desire, we can work on filling it—one need at a time—achieving success in one area, then moving on to another.

For more on appetites and how to tame them, read my book, Out of Obesity and into the Promised Land.

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PSB Performs the First Intragastric Balloon Procedure In Georgia

Toward the end of 2015 Dr. Duncan implanted the first ORBERATM Intragastric Balloon in Georgia. The patient, a working mom from Atlanta named Latonya, sees the intragastric balloon as an effective tool for fighting the excess weight that has been plaguing her since she had her children.

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Why Eating More Fruits and Vegetables Won’t Make You Thin

Eating more fruits and vegetables is generally a good idea, but this alone is not likely to help you lose weight, a new review of studies suggests.
Researchers analyzed previous research on weight loss and increased fruit and vegetable intake, which included data on more than 1,200 people. The investigators found that eating more fruit and vegetables without also changing the amount of calories from other food sources, did not cause people to either lose or gain weight.
“Across the board, all studies we reviewed showed a near-zero effect on weight loss,” study author Kathryn Kaiser, an instructor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health, said in a statement.
Fruits and vegetables do have calories, and people who want to lose weight should reduce their overall energy intake, the researcher said.
“Fruits and vegetables have many benefits, and we encourage people to include them in their diets,” study author David Allison, associate dean of science in the UAB School of Public Health, told Live Science. “Eat all the vegetables and fruits you want, but you have to cut out more calories from other foods,” to lose weight, he said.
Public health authorities often fail to include the latter part of the message about the need to reduce the number of calories consumed, while recommending that people increase their intake of fruits and vegetables, Allen said.
However, the study did not show that the consumption of extra fruit and vegetables caused weight gain.
“It appears that an increase in servings does not increase weight, which is a good thing for getting more vitamins and fiber in one’s diet,” Kaiser said.
Laura Jeffers, a registered dietician at the Cleveland Clinic who was not involved with the study, said, “This is a good summary of research that has been done.”
Indeed, some of her clients are trying to lose weight and are adding fruits and vegetables to their diets without reducing their calorie intake, she said. If patients realized that this is no likely to work, they would be more successful in reaching their weight-loss goals, she said.
Fruits and vegetables include fiber and macronutrients that are important for health, she said. However, dieters should remember not to overeat, and they also may want to consider decreasing their overall food portions, she said.

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