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Is Being Over Weight the New Skinny?

 

Well, here we go again.

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Looks like the advice doctors and nutritionist have been force feeding us for decades may be wrong.

New research indicates that folks who are slightly over weight lower their risk of early death.

According to the New York Times:

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………… The report on nearly three million people found that those whose B.M.I. ranked them as overweight had less risk of dying than people of normal weight. And while obese people had a greater mortality risk over all, those at the lowest obesity level (B.M.I. of 30 to 34.9) were not more likely to die than normal-weight people.

The report, although not the first to suggest this relationship between B.M.I. and mortality, is by far the largest and most carefully done, analyzing nearly 100 studies, experts said. [Emphasis Mine.]

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You can read the entire article here: Study

Analysis of nearly 100 international studies of 3 million adults by the National Center for Health Statistics also raises new questions of BMI, or Body Mass Index.

You can read more about BMI and how 30 million people became over weight in the good ‘ole US of A over night with out gaining one pound.

According to USA Today:

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Findings, published in Wednesday’s Journal of the American Medical Association, show that relative to normal-weight people those who were:

Extremely obese had a 29% increased risk of early death.

Obese had an 18% increased risk of early death.

Overweight had a 6% lower risk of early death.

[Again, emphasis is mine.]

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By the way, being too skinny is also very bad for your health.

By sharing this information with you I am by no means suggesting that being extremely obese is okay or good. The severely over weight do tend to have many health problems associated from being over weight. And the research shows they tend to die earlier.

I share it with you because I believe too many of us obsess, feel rotten, and berate ourselves over our weight.

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There is a big difference between being extremely obese and just being over weight.

However, being a little over weight, especially as we age, may have benefits that researchers have yet to study let alone understand.

So I say, enjoy your life and your food. I believe joy, moderation, and being grateful for our abundance of food will keep us younger, happier, and healthier than any diet.

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Featured Recipe    Baked Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken

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Keeping with my fast, fast, fast, quick and easy recipes of late today I offer you yet another one. I mean, it is spring and we need to garden, or walk, or play tennis or golf. It has nothing at all to do with my being lazy. All of you believe that, don’t you?

Best of all this is a very low cost and a terrifically delicious dish!

I do not know where this recipe originated. I first saw it on Facebook. The Facebook post said it was from Best Healthy Recipes. However, when I went to that website and did a search for a recipe with that name I received the following message, “Nothing was found.” I checked through all their chicken recipes and there was no recipe by that name either.

I then did a general internet search and while I found several sites with this recipe, most had the exact same picture of the finished product that was on the Facebook post. Therefore, I could not determine who owned or first posted this recipe.

I looked for a few more minutes and the earliest post I saw was from Food.com and was posted in 2009. However, the picture was not the same as posted on Facebook.

It is one of those recipes that everyone makes and magically uses the same baking dish and has the dish look exactly the same when finished.

This is what you will need for 3-4 people

3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

4 garlic cloves, minced

4 tablespoons dark brown sugar

3 teaspoons olive oil

Spray oil to grease the baking dish

Salt and pepper to taste

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Here is what you do:

Preheat oven to 500°F and lightly spray a baking dish with the spray oil.

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Salt and pepper the chicken.

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Mince or press the garlic. Measure out the brown sugar.

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NOTE: This recipe uses a lot of garlic and you can taste it. It has a very strong taste of garlic. If you do not care for that much garlic cut it back to suit you.

Sauté the garlic in the olive oil until tender and you can smell that sweet garlic aroma.

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Remove the garlic from the heat and stir in the brown sugar.

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Place chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish and spoon some of sugar mixture over each piece of chicken.

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Bake uncovered for 15-30 minutes – depending in how big or thick the chickens are. I use a thermometer to check temp.

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At the 15 minute mark I checked the temp. Only 150 degrees so I put it back in oven for 5 minutes to bring to 155 degrees.

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Then I set the oven to broil for 1-2 minutes to crisp the sugar and finish the cooking.

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Let the chicken set for 3-4 minutes to let the juices redistribute.

Serve with a salad and a side of your favorite vegetable.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

The best thing about the cost of the chicken I bought was I had a $2 of coupon when went to store. Then at store the package of chciken had a $1 off coupon on it. I was not sure if the store would allow me to use both coupons. But they did. So I got a super duper couper [$3 off coupon] today.

Some days you just win.

Even if I had paid full price for the chicken the total cost would only have been $7.62. Not bad these days.

3 or 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts               $3.49

4 garlic cloves, minced                                        $0.36

4 tablespoons dark brown sugar                          $0.20

3 teaspoons olive oil                                           $0.35

Spray oil to grease the baking dish                       $0.22

Salt and pepper

Total cost = $4.62
Cost per person = $1.54

Quote of the Day

No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.

George Bernard Shaw

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6 comments to Is Being Over Weight the New Skinny?

  • Fascinating article! I sent it on to my daughter. Extremely thin women suffer from osteoporosis as they age – more broken hips and other bones.
    My dear aunt always said, one can never be too rich or too thin. She ultimately married a rich man and broke her hip twice, her ankle twice. But she had loads of diamonds!
    Thanks for the recipe. Obese is not good. Too thin is not good. Over-exercising is not good. Moderation is the key.

    • Roberta

      Loved your last four sentences. Short. Sweet. Concise.

      Can I hire you for my editor?

      Very well said and very good summary of my post.

  • Carol Sternberg

    Great article….I’m going to enjoy my sweet treat tonight!

  • As in everything, moderation is the answer.

    This information does make me feel more comfortable with the 10 lbs I have put on in the last 45 years

    • Roberta

      10 pounds in 45 years is fantastic. I don’t know anyone else – even me – who can say that! Congratulations, Peter.