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Another Obesity Excuse


#1

Here is one for all you excuse seekers... and I know it will annoy the heck out of some who like to promote personal responsibility because it makes them feel good about their own successes.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060614/ap_on_he_me/breaking_down_obesity

ST. LOUIS - The microorganisms that live in your gut could explain one of the sources of obesity, says a new study from researchers at Washington University.

Bacteria live throughout the body, but some intestinal bacteria appear to be better than others at helping their hosts turn food into energy, say researchers Buck S. Samuel and Dr. Jeffrey I. Gordon.

They believe changing the mix of bacteria in the intestine could influence how much people weigh.

Bacteria and archaea, another kind of single-celled organism, are common in the human intestine. Researchers are discovering that together, they help their human hosts extract calories and nutrients from food.

"We know very little about who they are and what they do," said Dr. Martin J. Blaser, chair of medicine at New York University.

Samuel decided to investigate that question by inoculating identical mice with different microbes, or a combination of two of the single-celled organisms.

The researchers found mice whose guts were inoculated with just the bacterium Beta thetaiotaomicron (B. theta) could process rodent food better than mice that were given no bacteria.

A second group of mice were inoculated with a combination of B. theta and an archaeon called Methanobrevibacter smithii (M. smithii). Those rodents could extract many more calories from the same amount of food, but they stored the extra energy as excess fat.

The researchers haven't yet concluded whether obese people have more M. smithii in their intestines. But Blaser said he believes scientists could eventually help control human nutrition by manipulating the types of microbes living in the gut.
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#2

So the excuse would be "I don't have an intestinal disorder, therefore I'm fat. The world is unfair?" I guess it doesn't matter how outlandish the excuse is when that's all people are seeking.


#3

Sure, I can right now. Introduce some giardia or E. coli (O157H7) and I can personally guarantee drastic and immediate changes to your nutritional profile. :stuck_out_tongue:


#4

Good Post.

Ya know what they say...Excuses are like assholes, everyones got one...

We all get to pay for these people in the end with skyrocketing health care costs.


#5

"A second group of mice were inoculated with a combination of B. theta and an archaeon called Methanobrevibacter smithii (M. smithii). Those rodents could extract many more calories from the same amount of food, but they stored the extra energy as excess fat."

I want to get my hands on some of this! Seriously think of bulking with 1/2-2/3rds the calories. Life would be so much easier, shopping bills would be less, and I wouldnt have to turn to double cheesburgers to get enough Kcals.

Also this sounds like it could be a huge benifit to cancer patients and other people suffering from conditions that make it difficult to eat.

Also I find this line humorous:

"but they stored the extra energy as excess fat"

Whooa whooa whooa... they are telling us extra energy from food turns into fat... who would of ever guessed that.

i really think this has little hope of healping 95% of obese individuals whos only problem is shoveling lbs of lard down their throats everyday. But could be a very usefull tool for other things.


#6

I agree. Imagine, in theory, if you could change your net caloric intake by perhaps 10%-20% (I'm absolutely pulling numbers out of thin air here) without changing your eating habits?

Just think, in a few years we could have supplements that rearrange the biological makeup of our intestinal bacteria to support your goals.

I wonder if Biotest is researching this stuff yet? :wink:


#7

Funny you should post this article, cause recently i've been wondering if yogurt has any kind of effect like this? ie, helping your body utilize/digest more nutrients from your meals? I notice since starting to eat yogurt regularly, I lay some fierce cable. Even moreso than the glory that 4 cups of oatmeal daily brings. Thoughts?