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Why Are Teens Fat

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CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at a new report that says….

teens are weighing more because they’re eating too much.

food blamed for obesity
To view the video uses link –> http://us.cnn.com/video/?/video/health/2009/11/17/am.gupta.teen.obesity.cnn

Dr. Sanjay Gupta was talking about a report he read linking teen obesity to over eating.

I was in shock when I first saw this report, and it’s not for the reason you may think.

There were two reasons for this report shocked me so much, well…

maybe three.

The first thing I found astonishing was that apparently people don’t get the relationship between calories consumed and calories burned. The whole premise behind weight loss is to create a calorie deficit. There is often confusion as to what is the best way to achieve that deficit, but I didn’t think that there is any question that you had to burn more calories than you took in.

I guess I’ll put little formula here that is the basis of weight loss, or becoming overweight.

Calories Consumed – Calories Burned = Weight Loss Or Weight Gain

Here’s the formula for weight gain:

calories consumed a greater than calories burned =  weight gain

Here’s the formula for weight loss:

calories consumed are less than calories burned =  weight loss


calories burned our greater than calories consumed = weight loss

Let me rephrase this equation one more time. If you eat more food and the calories contained in those feedings exceed the amount of energy you need, you will gain weight. If you are eating 6000 calories a day and you are only burning 2500 than you will get fat.

The second thing that kind of threw me for a loop, was this doctor reporting this as news. Being a doctor I gather this is something he is already familiar with and common knowledge to him. From what I understand this guy is CNN’s chief medical correspondent, and a neurosurgeon, so again I would expect them to know this. What does he need to report like this for.

As I mentioned before I can see some of the confusion with what the calorie expenditure and exercise. For people are trying to lose weight there is tons of unsolicited advice hurled at them. So I may say do aerobics, others say take up running, some swear by weight training, I even see some gyms offer a video game as a choice for people looking to lose weight. So this part I get, what is the best solution for burning calories.

In my opinion, based on experience and research, I find weight training combined with interval training to be the most effective weight loss prescription, that of course next to a sensible diet. DIET is a necessary part of a weight loss and fitness program.

If you’re looking for an exercise program to help increase the amount of calories you burn each day I suggest you take a look at Turbulence Training. Here’s a link they can download a program to give it a try.

Click Here –>   Turbulence Training Workout

The third thing that blew me away with this report was that someone actually spent money to conduct some kind of research to put this together. I’m not sure who called for the study or why, and I sure do not want to know how much it cost.

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