FAT: Everything You Never Knew

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Obesity is the number one health threat to Americans and contributes to many of the most debilitating diseases. More than one third of American adults are medically obese. Learn the truth about fat and how to fight it.


Gaining Weight to Gain Understanding
Australian trainer Paul "PJ" James gained weight to better understand his overweight clients' point of view. He stopped exercising and eating healthily and packed on 88 pounds in six months.

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork remarks, "What's great about this is that he can give us insight as to how -- if you allow a certain lifestyle to take over your life and your body -- it's hard to say no."

PJ says he's now working on reversing his weight gain by adopting his former lifestyle. He hopes to lose the weight within six months.

"There's no quick fix for losing weight," PJ says. "There has to be a sensible approach for losing weight, and it has to be weight loss that can be maintained.


You Are What You Eat

Twenty-one-year-old twins Celina and Carolyn put the age-old adage "You are what you eat" to the test. See what happens to blood after just one fatty meal.


Teen Obesity
The rate of teenage obesity has recently tripled. Eleven-year-old Italia weighs in at a worrisome 230 pounds. Nutritionist Dr. Phillip Goglia, author of Turn Up the Heat, steps in to help.

Singer Demi Lovato, star of Disney's Camp Rock and Sunny with a Chance is on tour, but calls in to encourage Italia on her journey to get healthy.

See Dr. Goglia's solution.

Read the Labels!
Trans-hydrogenated fats, or trans fats for short, raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels and increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and infertility.

Saturated fats are the biggest dietary cause of LDLs and are typically found in animal products such as butter, cheese, whole milk, ice cream, cream and fatty meats.

"Saturated fat has been proven to ruin your memory," Dr. Travis adds. "There are also thoughts that too much saturated fat can lead to Alzheimer's disease." 

Trans fats can be found in snack foods like cookies, donuts, pizza, pies, baked goods and margarine. Read food labels carefully, as trans fats can go by different names such as: hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils and trans fatty acid. The American Heart Association recommends that less than seven percent of daily caloric intake should come from saturated fat and less than one percent should be from trans fat. 

How Extra Weight Affects Your Joints
A little extra weight can cause many different problems, including osteoarthritis, a degenerative arthritis that affects the joints. Audience member Christina volunteers to walk with a 40-pound vest, simulating what it would be like to carry around 40 extra pounds every day.

Watch what happens when she walks!

All Fat Is Not Created Equal

Plastic surgeon Dr. Jim Lyons, author of The Brown Fat Revolution, says, "Brown fat is where it's at!" He explains that all fat is not created equal, and there's a big difference between unhealthy fat and healthy fat.

Learn why brown fat is the secret to looking young and staying thin.

Brown Fat 
Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon blogs about the benefits of brown fat

Give 10 Percent Your 100 Percent

If you are overweight, losing just 10 percent of your body weight will help you gain in big ways. Join The Doctors 2010 Health Challenge and start getting into shape. Make a commitment and earn trophies as you reach your goals!

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OAD 09/25/09