Men's health lecture: Fad diets don't fit with nutrition needs

At 23.5 percent, Alasaka obesity rate ranks 19th in U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Don't believe "fad diet" hype, advises a nutritionist who is in Juneau to break down eating fact and fiction tonight at a men's forum.

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"Americans are always looking for something new and better than advertised," Dr. Mark Moyad said. "We always want the latest and greatest, but I am here to break down fact and fiction."

In his presentation, Moyad said he will share the latest findings about nutrition supplements, heart-healthy diets, and proven health strategies. The forum is from 4:45 to 8 at Centennial Hall.

"Fad diets are finally fading away because many people knew they could not stay with them for longer than six months," Moyad said. "I will separate what works and what is worthless."

Americans have subscribed to a long list of fad diets: Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet, Protein Power, Sugar Busters and The Zone, Dr. Dean Ornish's Eat More-Weigh Less, The Good Carbohydrate Revolution, The Pritikin Principle, Dr. Shapiro's Picture Perfect Weight Loss, Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan, Fit for Life, Suzanne Somers' Somersizing, the Cambridge Diet, Slim-Fast, The Blood Type Diet and Macrobiotics.

Men's health forum tonight

• Where: Centennial Hall.

• When: Starting at 5 p.m. today with information booths and free snacks; 5:30 p.m. guest speakers; 7 p.m. questions and answers.

• Cost: Free.

Moyad, a nutritionist with the University of Michigan, said he has a new book coming out in a few months.

"The 'Dr. No BS Diet Book' will break down every new diet out there," Moyad said. "Of course BS is for bogus science."

Food for thought: Obesity rates continued to rise last year in every state but Oregon, according to a report by the Trust for America's Health, a nonprofit health organization. Alaska ranked 19th in the U.S. in rate of adult obesity at 23.5 percent. Mississippi ranks as the heaviest state, Colorado as the lightest.

"Alaskans, like people in the Lower 48 states, are getting bigger," Moyad said. "Alaska used to have lower rates of heart disease and other problems associated with weight gain, but that has changed."

Moyad asserts that heart, prostate and colon health are all related to diet.

"Just 30 minutes a day of exercise gives huge gains in reducing mortality from heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer and depression," he said.

Moyad will also provide an analysis of various health surveys, and explain which should be taken seriously, he said. He was also the keynote speaker at last year's forum.

"He is a nutritionist who brings information based on actual clinical trials," Cancer Connection board member Ruth Johnson said. "This is someone who can review clinical trials and be entertaining at the same time."

Urologist Michael Singsaas will also present a topic very critical to men, which is prostate health, Johnson said.

"One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer," Johnson said. "If it is caught early, prostate cancer can be treatable."

The forum has been organized by Cancer Connection. Sponsors include; Cancer Connection, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Don Abel Building Supply, JRC The Alaska Club, 5-miler for Men's Cancer Research, Tapp, Navartis and Pfizer. Organizers say women are welcome.

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