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More than half of Turkish-born women living in Norway are obese
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More than half (51 percent) of women born in Turkey, now living in Oslo, Norway, are obese compared with on 2.7 percent of men who were born in Vietnam who are now residents of Oslo according to a new study from the University of Oslo in Oslo, Norway. Subjects: 3019 foreign-born people in Oslo, Norway
This according to a study that analyzed obesity rates in 3019 residents in Oslo, Norway who were born in Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, Sri Lanka or Vietnam between 1942 and 1971, which means they were 29- to 60-years-old at the time they were studied.
Obesity greatest in Turkish-born women, least in Vietnam-born men
Obesity, defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, was greatest in women who had been born in Turkey (51 percent), and least in men born in Vietnam (2.7 percent).
Excess belly fat most common in women born in Sri Lanka and Pakistan
Those with the most central obesity (excess belly fat) were women from Sri Lanka (54 percent) and women from Pakistan (52 percent).
Turkish-born men an women high BMI, but not a large waist for their size
Although Turkish-born men had a relatively high BMI of 27.9 and Turkish-born women had an average BMI of 30.7, they did not have a high waist-to-hip ratio, meaning the weight gain was not all in their belly.
People born in Sri Lanka and Pakistan had most belly fat for any given BMI
For any given BMI, people from Sri Lanka and Pakistan had the highest waist-to-hip ratio, meaning more belly fat, than any of the other groups.
I assume that the diet and lifestyle in Norway leads to obesity.
Comment: Only 22% of Turks obese
The incidence of obesity in Turkey is only 22 percent.
The same is true of the U.S., that is that the diet and lifestyle leads to obesity.
Comment: Turkish girl gained 15-20 lbs while in U.S., but lost it when she moved back to Turkey
A good friend of mine was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to the U.S. when he was 19-years-old.
He’s had many friends and relatives come to visit in the past 10 years that I have known him.
A girl from Turkey in her late 20’s that he knows, came to California for about a year.
She was lean, gorgeous, and very feminine-looking when she first came, but then gained about 15 or 20 pounds after being in the U.S. for a year.
After moving back to Turkey, she lost all the weight she had gained while in the U.S.
Comment: Italian guy gained 18 lbs in 6 weeks while in the U.S.
Several years ago, I also met a guy I met on the basketball court from Italy who gained 18 pounds in the first six weeks that he was in the U.S. on a long business trip.
Beware, the fast food and sodas will get you.
Kumar BN, Meyer HE, Wandel M, Dalen I, Holmboe-Ottesen G. Ethnic differences in obesity among immigrants from developing countries, in oslo, norway. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2005 Aug 30.
Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology
Department of Community Medicine and General Practice
University of Oslo
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On Feb 18, 2006 at 10:26 am James wrote:
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It is clear that obesity is becomming a major problem, not only in Europe, Asia and America, but also in the other parts of the world.
The majority of the problem is that we are using the wrong oils, especially the hydronated oils, not enough fish on our diets, and the way we are raising livestock. We are consuming too much omega 6s and not enough omega 3s in our diets.
News suggest that Japan, which once used on sushi and fish, now is shifting over towads spagetti, hambergures, and processed foods.
My diet used to be hanbergures, veal cutlets, and spagetti with cookies in the past, but since I broke my diet barrier and got into fruits and vegtables, I think that it's not really the fault of the people that are overweight, but the fault inlies with the oils, too much pasta, and the idea of introducing unhealthy transfats in our diets. The people near the equatic used to eat coconuts, bananas, papayas, pineapples, yams, fish, and lean meat. But now, they are joining the road to an unhealthy diet of burgers, subs, fries, fast foods, and junk foods.
We should not be using canola oil (LEAR oil). Although it's been modified to reduce eruruic acid, it's still bad monounsaturated fat for you. We need to balance clean fats, stop eating overly processed foods and soy foods, and eat the realth health nature foods. Olive, lard, palm, and coconut oil are the oils that they are supposed to be cooking in. Make sure that the lard or butter is organic, or on the other oils, organic, extra virgin. DO NOT buy RBD coconut or palm oil. These oils are procesed and arn't good for you.
Remember, use whole grains, but go light on them. Although I have a healtier diet, I am still hooked on cereals, although I have chosen an organic whole grain cereal, while reading the ingredients.
If you want to buy processed foods, please avoid it if it contains the following ingredients:
Hydronated/Partially Hydronated _______ Oil (Put anything in the blank)
Canola, Soybean, Cottenseed, or Corn oil (Even though it's not hydronated)
High fructose corn syrup
Sugar, except for raw cane
Artificial sweetners with the exception of Stevia or Maple Syrup(aka: Aspertane, Sucralose, sugar alcohal, etc)
Soy protein isolate
You should view any of these above ingrediant as skull and crosebones and put it back on the shelf, upside down.
And lastly, don't eat refined noodles or excessive amounts of whole grain cereal or brown rice. Remember, as far as grains: Whole grains, use sparingly. Refined grains? AVOID! They cause insulin spikes and are hard on your pancreas. Try poached eggs and vegtables for breakfast instead. For a first snack, try an orange (Not orange juice, but an orange to eat. Than, at lunch, eat a salad with organic extra virgin olive oil and organic balsmic vinagrette. For a second snack, have an apple or a banana and a handful of walnuts or almonds (These two are actually the healthiest nuts!) Than, for dinner, a nice juicy salmon with steamed brockly, sauteed with carrots and celery, and for a desert: blueberries, once ounce of dark chocolate, and acai juice for these protective flavenoids. Also, make sure that you incorporate 1 or 2 raw coconuts a week. They contain good saturated fats, which is food for your organs and they help speed up your motabolizm. But make sure you balance your saturated fats with monounsaturated fats, so that you can get your benefits without stiffening up your blood cells. A little butter in moderation is good for you, because they got the GOOD transfats (CL acid).
That's all I have to say about world health. It's a plain shame that we are switching to too much grains, too much polyunsaturated oils, and too much refined fats, sugars, and processed foods...
On Feb 18, 2006 at 12:54 pm Larry Hobbs wrote:
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Thank you for your many insightful comments.
Regarding your comments that we eat too many omega-6 fatty acids (found abundantly in corn oil), and too few omega-3 fatty acids (found abundantly in fish oil, flax seed oil and green leafy vegetables), Dr. Artemis Simopoulos agrees with you in her wonderful interview.
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