Portion Control Why so Cruel Part 2

You may remember TheFatNurse talking about the cruelness of portion control via sharing from a previous comic. Well recently TheFatNurse had yet another encounter stuffed in front of TehFatNurses’ face! Why so cruel…TheFatNurse just wants to enjoy some M&Ms in solitude!


Too Fat to be a Father and updates

Yikes check out this bit of news: A child sent to foster care because father is too obese to care for the child. The Father was continually losing weight since the custody fight had started as well…but TheFatNurse guesses it wasn’t fast enough.

In other news, TheFatNurse is updating at a much slower pace than normal. However that is due to TheFatNurse starting a new position and working on a third “For All Ages” comic about HDL. Hopefully will get that out soon for you guys!


Cardiovascular Markers For All Ages!

Part two of TheFatNurse’s For All Ages series. This comic goes over other measurements that are emerging on cardiovascular risk other than the conventional LDL HDL cholesterol measurements. A condensed simplified comic, but it may drive your curiosity to investigate more! Click Here or the picture below.

***Strongly recommend reading Part one Cholesterol For All Ages first to make concepts in this new comic more familiar.

Low Carb Better Than Low Fat at Reducing CVD Risk?

Check out this new article from professional.diabetes.org with Dr. Krauss! Being one of the more influential researchers in the field, it’s a big influence when he makes statements like the ones featured in the article. Statements such as:

“It is certainly advisable for overweight individuals to lose weight, but for people who cannot achieve a sufficient weight loss, just reducing carbohydrate intake appeared to be quite effective in improving atherogenic dyslipidemia.”

“…you can go high on fats and if you go low on carbs, especially sugars and white starch, and limit red meats, you don’t have to worry too much about saturated fat…”

Be sure to check it out!

Salt not as bad as previously thought? Sounds familiar…

Last week an Op-Ed piece appeared in the New York Times discussing how we may have misjudged the impact of sodium on health. Reading through it, TheFatNurse couldn’t help but notice some similarities to the war on fat. Its all related to how experiments are conducted and how data is interpreted. Definitely worth a read whether or not you agree with its conclusions.

Picture from NYT Op-ED link above

Cholesterol For All Ages!

One of the problems when discussing dietary fat and health is how it usually revolves back to the old “fat increases cholesterol which clogs your arteries” hypothesis. Of course, one usually counters this by beginning the discussion on the differences between cholesterol and lipoprotein particles on heart disease.

However, this can be difficult, so TheFatNurse patched together a quick 12- page comic that will hopefully get the ball rolling for people who may have never heard of LDL particles before. A semi long read so browse when you have time! Click here or the picture below to open . Enjoy!

***If you enjoyed this, you may like Part 2 on cardiovascular markers and Part 3 on HDL in TheFatNurse All Ages series

***Updated 6/14/2012 to correct for typos, simplyfing visuals with better pictures***
***Updated 6/18/2012 for more typos, touching up pictures and adding glossary***

Sugary Soda Coast to Coast

TheFatNurse is sure you’ve heard about the soda ban in New York but what you may not know is soda regulation in the form of taxation is happening right now in the west coast in Richmond, CA via the New York Times:

“The proposed tax, a license fee on businesses selling sweetened drinks, would require owners of bodegas, theaters, convenience stores and other outlets to tally ounces sold and, presumably, pass the cost on to customers. It is the most visible West Coast municipal challenge yet to Big Soda, as advocates are fond of calling it.”

This is not as dramatic as the 16+ oz ban in New York and proponents are calling the taxation a better form than outright bans since it can benefit the local community:

“…would go toward fighting childhood obesity through more bike lanes, nutritional education and after-school sports programs.”

This proposed measure hopes to combat many of the chronic diseases related to obesity and to reduce soda use. Richmond is particularly aggressive due to high prevalence of increased weight in their children:

“In Richmond, which has a substantial African-American and Latino population and where poverty rates are double the national average, an estimated 52 percent of elementary school students are overweight or obese, said Dr. Wendel Brunner, the director of public health for Contra Costa County, which includes Richmond.”

However, will this work? Despite TheFatNurse being anti-soda, TheFatNurse is for freedom of choice through education and promoting healthy habits instead of “simply forcing you to understand,” as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said. Additionally, what do all these anti-soda laws imply? Does it implicitly mean that obese people do not know that soda is bad for them? Of course not:

“What don’t I have?” asked Rita Cerda, a longtime soda devotee, ticking off her ailments, including diabeteshigh blood pressure and asthma. She is also overweight.

“I have problems drinking water,” she said. “I don’t like water.”

Many individuals with weight and chronic problems know that some of their habits may not be good for them. For those who want to change, it is important to provide whatever services they need on their quest to get better. As for those who want to continue their unhealthy habits despite knowing the dangers of junk food? That is their choice and a soda tax will unlikely defer them from drinking more in the future.