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Oreo Cookies, The Next Cocaine


oreocookies"Put your hands up and step away from the cookie jar," could be bellowing you hear through a police megaphone in the near future. Stop and frisk will include pat downs for guns, drugs and Oreo Cookies. Yup, if the results of these recent tests are any indication. It's just a matter of time. If you adore those cream-filled treats, stock up on them before they become banned.

I can't vouch for the science or the quality of the test cookies or the cocaine, but I will ask this-- why did they have to use rats for their subjects and not humans. I know a few people from my college past who would gladly have volunteered to take this test. They'd even have brought their own testing materials. And they could verbally answer questions this test generates. And if my freedom to pick my poison exists, I want to exercise it. I want my Oreos.

Someone felt that Oreo cookies was posing a threat -- enough so that a research test was run. Could it be that Oreos are presenting society with something new to worry about? I could see if sugar side-affects were being measured or whether the inside of an Oreo Cookie could last for thousands of years as the legend goes, but is it addictive? Could it be a danger? Yikes.

According to the NEW YORK POST:

Lab rats who ate “America’s favorite cookie” formed an equally strong association as they did when injected with cocaine or morphine, student researchers at Connecticut College claim.  Neuroscience Professor Joseph Schroeder, who led the study.

The research was the brainchild of neuroscience major Jamie Honohan, who wanted to see if the prevalence of high-fat and high-sugar food in low-income neighborhoods contributed to the US obesity epedemic.

“We chose Oreos not only because they are America’s favorite cookie, and highly palatable to rats, but also because products containing high amounts of fat and sugar are heavily marketed in communities with lower socioeconomic statuses,” she said.

I guess if we're going to run a link connection between pleasure (eating) and potential outcome (death) we might want to see if a product should be regulated or even outlawed. I mean who doesn't enjoy an Oreo once in while? And nobody seemingly wants to die. Obesity and diabetes are potential side-effects from devouring that great little cookie in vast amounts.

Dr. Schroeder, who will present the research next month at the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, told reporters he hasn’t touched an Oreo since finishing the experiment.

A rep for Nabisco, which makes Oreos, could not immediately be reached.

The nexus has been made. Never before has anyone drawn the conclusion that they are addictive, as much so as cocaine or morphine. And now those results have been the published. I'm sure  more studies will be done, but it certainly does make you think, doesn't it? Doing a few Oreos or snorting a few lines of cocaine? Scientists, please... !!!


VIDEO- Chris Christie: I’m not too heavy to run for president, "that's ridiculous." It's also a legitimate concern.



First things first: I'm not a fan of fat jokes. Sometimes they're irresistible, sometimes they slip out, sometimes they make me laugh, but not very often. Obesity is a serious issue, it's difficult to cope with both emotionally and physically, it's not easy to lose weight, and sometimes it's impossible. That's not funny, and the premise of this post is not intended to be either.

My now-retired father was an internist who sub-specialized in cardiology. So, because a main focus of his practice was heart health, he insisted that all his patients and, of course, his family, adhere to healthy diets and life styles.

Being raised by a doctor, and by extension, a circle of family friends who were doctors, I learned as a teeny tiny tot that obesity could shorten one's life and/or cause all kinds of problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers.

Enter Barbara Walters, who pulled a "some say" on Chris Christie about his size. Yes, she went there:

"There are people who say that you couldn't be president because you're so heavy."


"That's ridiculous."

But Walters persisted:

"They're worried about your health."

Christie's response was a resounding "Pshyeah, right":

"I've done this job pretty well, and I think people watched me for the last number of weeks in Hurricane Sandy, doing 18 hours days and getting right back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job, so I don't really think that would be a problem."

Oh well, so long as he doesn't "think that would be a problem." I wonder what his doctor thinks. Or any competent doctor, for that matter.

Nobody is saying he couldn't do his job "pretty well." Christie could continue to work 20 hour days, and then get right back up and work another 20... and then keel over in the blink of an eye. Of course, that could happen to anyone, but a person of his size could be less able to withstand the long term stress and demands that go with the job. And this doesn't even take into account how our chief executives seem to age more quickly than the rest of us, another side effect of such a strenuous occupation.

The risks of being overweight are serious and even deadly. So dismissing with a "Hey, I worked really, really long days and so far I still managed to stay alive!" doesn't cut it and certainly doesn't take a valid concern seriously.

Christie's overall health is a consideration. Physician reports on major political figures (especially presidents) are blasted all over the media when they're released and for good reason. America worries and wants to be reassured that the leader of the free world is in good enough shape to take on the enormous pressures, both physical and mental, that the job requires.

And that's nothing to sneeze at.


Cartoons of the Day- U.S. Obesity