Learned something interesting in Nutrition - page 2

I just finished my Nutrition class, one of the pre-requisites for our program. It was a very interesting class. One of the more interesting things I learned has to do with obesity. It turns out that... Read More

  1. by   suzy253
    Quote from suebird3
    and the 4 food groups are not caffeine, fat, starch, and sugar. suebird

    they're not???????
  2. by   live4today
    Quote from suzi_h
    I always thought the setpoint was more of a tool for loosing weight. It kind of lets you know when it's going to get tough. So, I don't think the setpoint thing has anything to do with obesity. If Americans sit on their rear-ends all day and night and eat take out 5 nights a week, they are going to pass their setpoint no matter what. I don't understand why people act like obesity is such a mystery. I am not saying that the above posters are lazy, I think women, because of hormones, have it much harder. But, realistically, you can't eat take out from your teens into your 30's and not expect it to catch up with you, I don't care how fast your metabolism is. Especially when over those years, soda cans, serving plates , glasses and serving sizes at fast food restaurants have just gotten bigger. Obesity is sad, American's have a few things to learn from other countries when it comes to this. Just my 2 cents.

    Suzi
    Suzi - I have family members and close friends who eat nothing but what dieting people call "junk food" and their weight looks like they are malnourished or on a diet all the time.

    It is NOT true that skinny people stay thin due to what they put in their mouth anymore than obese or overweight people are overweight due to what they put in their mouth. That may ring true for SOME, but certainly not for all people.

    Any skinny person eating the way SOME people think obese people eat may not gain the weight, but it by no means suggest the skinny peeps are healthy.

    Some obesity IS genetic..............not always attributed to over eating or pigging out.
  3. by   Kelly_the_Great
    I think it's [obesity] a multifactorial phenomena: activity, genetics, diet and hormones (which I suppose is also genetics to some degree). And, honestly, I think genetics is the strongest factor. Just my totally unproven, unfounded, unscientific opinion though.
  4. by   nursemomruns
    Quote from Kelly_the_Great
    I think it's [obesity] a multifactorial phenomena: activity, genetics, diet and hormones (which I suppose is also genetics to some degree). And, honestly, I think genetics is the strongest factor. Just my totally unproven, unfounded, unscientific opinion though.
    I agree with you. I think most things are nature AND nurture. There is very little that is either/or.
  5. by   GooeyRN
    Quote from truesn
    Another "interesting" fact: when you have liposuction and a tummy tuck, and then gain weight, you gain it in the most unusual places:chuckle

    Those places NOT being your tummy.


    Im curious, where are the unusual places?
  6. by   Jo Dirt
    I've learned not to necessarily believe everything I was taught, even if it was in a college textbook. Interesting theory, but I don't take it for the gospel.
  7. by   rivir25
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Yep, interesting.

    Each and every person has a 'setpoint'. If a 13 year old girl weighs 250 pounds, that's her lifelong setpoint, meaning that her body feels most comfortable at 250 pounds. If, at age 21, she attempts to lose pounds to achieve a normal body weight, her body will fight her weight-loss efforts every step of the way via 'hormone warfare'. It is possible for her to get down to a normal weight, but she'll just need to work harder to get there.

    most if not all the kids i grew up with lost all their fat in the teenage years, but now when i see them they look the weight from when we were younger! and i remember some yo-yoing in hs
    Last edit by rivir25 on Jul 16, '09
  8. by   rivir25
    My grandmother is from another country and her and her whole family consider extra pounds a sign of beauty. And it is a very serious thing to them.
    Last edit by rivir25 on Jul 16, '09

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