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Aug 31,2007
Obesity epidemic
by the San Diego Union-Tribune

If you think America's rising obesity rate is not a problem, consider that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that medical costs due to preventable obesity-related illnesses total more than $75 billion a year. About half that figure is picked up by taxpayers.

Among the conditions rightly blamed on being overweight are diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis and gout. Even modest weight loss can significantly reduce the risk for some of these ailments.

Yet, Americans are getting fatter with each passing year.

The latest survey shows that more than 20 percent of the people in 47 states are obese. Mississippi topped the list, with 30.6 percent of adults classified as obese. Colorado had the lowest obesity rate, a "mere" 17.6 percent of adults. However, when all persons who are overweight - not just those who are obese - are counted, even relatively slim Colorado has a deplorable 54.2 percent of people who weigh more than they should for good health.

A raft of excuses is typically offered up to explain why so many Americans are dangerously overweight. They include poverty; increased consumption of high-fat, high-calorie meals from fast-food chains; the automobile society, which deters people from walking; two working parents with little time to prepare healthy meals; school lunches of pizzas, hamburgers and soft drinks instead of salads and milk.

All of these factors contribute, of course, to America's increasing obesity. But none of them changes the reality that, to be healthy, Americans must eat less and exercise more. Do we need to wait for the bad news in the next obesity survey to act on this simple truth?

Reprinted from The San Diego Union-Tribune - CNS

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  • Acomplia - Luqaimat Combo … A Solution for U.S. Obesity Epidemic It is well known that obesity nowadays is an epidemic, and in order to reverse this spread, cooperation between scientists is required. In January 2005, I got a very simple but effective idea which proved successful with my obese patients. It depends mainly on training them several times (5-10) per day on taking micro-meals, which I named it by its Arabic name: Luqaimat. These Luqaimat may be a single or even a part of fruit, vegetable, one or half cup of yoghurt, a small piece of bakery or sweets, or 1 - 5 pieces of nuts, etc. I aimed by this Luqaimat Training Technique "LTT" to regularly satiate the hypothalamus with the minimal volume of food. I advised for the end of the day a moderate-sized diversified meal. I aimed by this rewarding meal the satisfaction of the hippocampus. The results of my study were outstanding: 91% of my 345 patient lost an average of 32.4 Kg by the end of their first year (14 – 68 Kg varying with the patients' initial BMI). Since both Luqaimat diet and Acomplia work psychologically, they can have synergistic action. We know that Acomplia 20 mg is effective in reducing about 10% of body weight. However, the long duration and the high dosage of Acomplia could be the cause of the few cases of suicidal attempts. I think it will be a good idea to start a comparative study between: • Using a combo of Acomplia 20 mg plus LTT diet and stopping the Acomplia intake after few weeks, or • Using combo of Acomplia 10 mg plus LTT diet plan for long. I think that, either approach will result in greater weight loss and lesser depressive effects than using Acomplia 10 / 20 separately. If my expected results turn up to reality, it might persuade the FDA to pass Acomplia as a safe anti-obesity drug. This may be a proper solution to end the dilemma of the obesity epidemic in USA.
  • (Posted on September 17, 2007, 9:45 am Prof. Dr. Mohamed Elhashemy)

  • Acomplia - Luqaimat Combo … A Solution for U.S. Obesity Epidemic It is well known that obesity nowadays is an epidemic, and in order to reverse this spread, cooperation between scientists is required. In January 2005, I got a very simple but effective idea which proved successful with my obese patients. It depends mainly on training them several times (5-10) per day on taking micro-meals, which I named it by its Arabic name: Luqaimat. These Luqaimat may be a single or even a part of fruit, vegetable, one or half cup of yoghurt, a small piece of bakery or sweets, or 1 - 5 pieces of nuts, etc. I aimed by this Luqaimat Training Technique "LTT" to regularly satiate the hypothalamus with the minimal volume of food. I advised for the end of the day a moderate-sized diversified meal. I aimed by this rewarding meal the satisfaction of the hippocampus. The results of my study were outstanding: 91% of my 345 patient lost an average of 32.4 Kg by the end of their first year (14 – 68 Kg varying with the patients' initial BMI). Since both Luqaimat diet and Acomplia work psychologically, they can have synergistic action. We know that Acomplia 20 mg is effective in reducing about 10% of body weight. However, the long duration and the high dosage of Acomplia could be the cause of the few cases of suicidal attempts. I think it will be a good idea to start a comparative study between: • Using a combo of Acomplia 20 mg plus LTT diet and stopping the Acomplia intake after few weeks, or • Using combo of Acomplia 10 mg plus LTT diet plan for long. I think that, either approach will result in greater weight loss and lesser depressive effects than using Acomplia 10 / 20 separately. If my expected results turn up to reality, it might persuade the FDA to pass Acomplia as a safe anti-obesity drug. This may be a proper solution to end the dilemma of the obesity epidemic in USA.
  • (Posted on September 17, 2007, 9:45 am Prof. Dr. Mohamed Elhashemy)

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