Fat Man On The Move

In addition to a healthy diet, exercise is extremely important for reaching optimal health and bodyweight. Peter James Spielmann of the Associated Press reports one obese man is taking serious steps towards better health:

Steve Vaught is trying to shed unwanted pounds the long, slow way: step by step as he walks across the United States.

Vaught, 39, began his trek last April in Oceanside, Calif., and has covered more than 2,300 miles. As the distances have mounted, so too has interest in his journey, with supporters monitoring his progress online and newspapers and television stations tracking the adventure.

Vaught began the trip to lose weight and break the bad habits that led to his obesity. "When I first started this walk, I weighed around 410 pounds, and I was carrying an 85-pound backpack," Vaught wrote on his Web site earlier this month as he crossed Ohio.

To monitor Steve's journey check out his website, click here.

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LaurieInOklahoma - March 26, 2006 8:09 PM

I have just read the most appalling article in the NY Times, 3/26/06:
"Cloned Pigs Could Provide Meat That Benefits the Heart".
(www.nytimes.com, under "Health", article by Gina Kolata.)
A group of scientists from Harvard Medical School, the University of Missouri, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center produced 5 cloned white piglets larded with omega-3 fatty acids.
Dr. Alexander Leaf, emeritus professor of clinical medicine at Harvard is quoted as saying "People can continue to eat their junk food. You won't have to change your diet, but you will be getting what you need."

More from the article: "The omega-3 pigs, born in November, will be bred when they reach puberty, and will be distributed to researchers who are interested."

"Pigs are often used to study heart disease and the cloned pigs offer a new opportunity, Dr. Prather said. Instead of comparing human populations who happen to eat or not eat foods with abundant omega-3 fatty acids, scientists can ask their question directly with the cloned pigs: Compared to pigs without the omega-3 fatty acids, do these cloned pigs have a reduced heart attack risk, or don't they?

No need to eat your veggies, just get some omega-3 rich pork.

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