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Think Fatty Liver Is an Alcoholic’s Problem? Think Again

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The BBC reports that fatty liver [2] (as presented in the journal Obesity) is a growing yet silent epidemic affecting adults and, increasingly, children. Between one-quarter and one-half of all overweight children have fatty liver, which typically goes undetected and can be fatal. The causes of fatty liver vary, but scientists have found that the primary factor in the rapidly increasing caseload is our refined grain/starch-based diet.

It’s what we’ve been saying all along: eat refined starches and grains and you can expect all sorts of unfortunate – and severe – health problems. Fatty liver was once thought of as the alcoholic’s disease, but it’s most prevalent nowadays in the average person who simply follows what our national nutrition guidelines recommend: grains, grains, and more grains.

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It’s just one of the many disturbing and unfortunate indicators of the health crisis into which we are sinking ever deeper. I don’t mean to be an alarmist, but the situation is that serious. Ours is a population at risk, and the implications for our country’s future aren’t pretty. Just out today, another report finds that overweight teens frequently display multiple risk factors for heart disease [4]. Teenagers!

One more note and I’ll turn the pulpit over to you: the L.A. Times has a piece out today that clarifies our national health care [5] picture even further. Roughly 90 million Americans went at least part of the last two years without any coverage whatsoever. If you’re new to the blog, be sure to read my radical proposal for overhauling our health care system [6].

And a rotten apple award goes to Quaker for this new product:

This, according to the press coverage [7]: “Understanding the world of weight management snacks, Quaker folks surely were concerned that consumers needed snacks that were healthy and tasted really good.”

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