Distorted Messages and Bad Diet Advice

The Daily Tribune article from a few days ago

The Daily Tribune article from a few days ago

I mentioned a press release yesterday I sent out about a week ago, about the obesity crisis in Bahrain. In the release I was referring to Russel Ash’s new book, The Top Ten of Everything 2011 in which he mentions that Bahrain now has the fattest women in the world.

Bizarrely, when the Daily Tribune got hold of the press release, they turned it into an article, where they supposedly “spoke to a few experts in the Kingdom to find out what their opinion is with Bahrain being in the top 10 obese countries and what we could do to reduce this pandemic…”  Well, let me tell you, I never spoke to anyone there.  And I don’t endorse what they say in the article.  I find it sad that they manipulate a press release like that.

Here’s the article, I’ll then share some more thoughts with you:

With nearly half of the population being over weight, it leaves them at a greater risk of developing chronic disease such as high cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes. Latest figures have also shown that 60 per cent of Bahraini population aged 20 and above are overweight or obese. With 40 per cent of those aged 20 and above already having high cholesterol because of their eating habits.
DT spoke to a few experts in the Kingdom to find out what their opinion is with Bahrain being in the top 10 obese countries and what we could do to reduce this pandemic; this is what they had to say:
DT: Why does Bahrain have this obesity problem?
Julie, Dietitian, Health Watcher: “I would say, it mostly has to do with the weather and the food that is consumed. Due to the weather people tend to do less and physical activities are limited mainly to getting into their cars and going shopping. The weight gain puts them at a high risk of inheriting diseases. The food consumed is also very heavy because of the extreme use of unhealthy oils and a lot of
butter and margarine.”
Suhail Algosaibi, founder of the Zen-Do Bahrain Kickboxing Club:
“These figures are deplorable! Not only will such high obesity rates lead to chronic illnesses in these women, it will also cost the country billions of dinars over the coming decades just to treat all these women. Not to mention all the obese men, teenagers and children,”
DT: What they can do to avoid it? Julie, Dietitian, Health Watcher:
“Instead of having two heavy meals a day, they should just have one heavy meal,
which is lunch. Also, they should try and implement a habit of eating salads before their lunch, and also have a lot of vegetable and some physical activities.”
Suhail Algosaibi, founder of the Zen-Do Bahrain Kickboxing Club:
Mr Algosaibi had announced that he will be offering a three-month free membership at the DreamBody Centre for 10 obese women to help turn around their weight, and their life.
DT: Take some responsibility for your health by cutting down on how much you eat and start exercising. You will be pleased you did once you start to see the results.

Did you know, it takes more energy to digest protein than it does to digest fat?Tired of not knowing what kinds of foods to eat? Not sure how much fat, calories and sodium you should be consuming everyday? All the tips you need are here….

Eggs are super high in protein and can help you burn that unwanted belly fat.
If you’re still worried about your cholesterol intake from eating too many eggs, you can remove the yolk and still benefit from the high protein contained in eggs.
Low fat dairy products
According to an article on Obesity Research, women who ate low-fat dairy products, such as non-fat yogurt and low- fat milk, three to four times a day, lost 70 percent more fat than low-dairy dieters.
If you are a regular consumer of milk and other dairy products watch your proportions and perhaps switch over to the low or no fat varieties.
While beans are often associated with the gastrointestinal disturbances they may cause, they are also very good
sources of protein, fibre and iron. Limit baked beans, which contain sugar, and refried beans, which contain saturated
Oatmeal is loaded with soluble fibre which helps reduce blood cholesterol by flushing those bad digestive acids out of your system.
The best kind of oatmeal to eat is unsweetened and unflavoured, if you must sweeten your bowl of oatmeal use fruit or honey.  Oatmeal is also beneficial in fighting colon cancer and heart disease.
Olive oil
Certain fats are good for you and your body needs them. Olive oil is one of those “good fats”. It is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that researchers are finding provide outstanding health benefits.
Whole grains
Your body needs carbohydrates. Processed carbohydrates such as white
breads, bagels, pastas, and white rice are bad for you as they have all been processed.
The key is to eat “whole grain” foods because they haven’t been processed and contain the fiber and minerals your body needs.
Meat and fish
Turkey and beef are great for building
muscle and boosting the immune system. Be careful as basted turkeys are usually injected with fatty substances while beef
contains saturated fat. Salmon and tuna are also good sources
of protein.

– Overall, the advice the article contains is not bad, with one or two exceptions, which I’ll get to in a minute.  But like I said, no one spoke to me.  And I don’t like the fact that the article does not have the writer’s name attached to it.  Are they anticipating problems, and therefore not mentioning writers’ names?

– My press release was DreamBody Centre centric, not Zen-Do centric, but they only mentioned me as the founder of the Zen-Do Bahrain Kickboxing Club.  How annoying!

– With all my respect to “Julie” from Health Watchers.  Having one meal a day is terrible weight loss advice.  Anyone with basic health and fitness knowledge knows that.  Having one big meal a day slows your metabolism (rate of energy burn) down and makes it harder to lose weight.  Not to mention that it makes you tired and lethargic.  You should have several small meals a day instead, to boost your metabolism.  Shame on you Julie.

– If they mention that I’m offering 3 months free membership, why don’t they tell people how to get in touch??  By the way, you can email our GM at Mark.S[at]DreamBodyCentre.com. We’ve already had people apply, so better get on with it.

– Eggs are a good source of protein, but I would not have them more than twice a week.  Personally, I stopped eating eggs all together but that has to do more with my choice of not consuming animal products.  Try to find organic, free-range eggs rather than the mass-produced variety.  But I’ve never heard that egg protein can “burn unwanted belly fat”, that’s simply not true.

– I think the dairy advice is a disaster.  Please please discard what they say about dairy.  For a more informed and educated view on dairy, click here.

– Beans only cause “gastrointestinal disturbances” if you don’t eat them on a regular basis.  If you make them a regular part of your diet, you should feel very few disturbances indeed.

I could go on, but I’ll stop here.  I guess this article serves as a double example of bad journalism and poor health advice.  Shame on you Tribune!

Talk to you soon.

2 Responses to Distorted Messages and Bad Diet Advice

  1. DT 12 October 2010 at 6:30 am #

    Dear Readers,

    With all due respect to Mr. Gosaibi, let me clarify that the article had comments which were given by his PR person, with explicit permission of using it with his name.

    Despite several quite a few times, the PR person did not allow us to speak to him.

    If there is a miscommunication between Mr. Gosaibi and his staff, then we can’t be blamed.

    Also, please note that our purpose is not to advertise Mr. Gosaibi, hence we didn’t carry the email address. Also note that we spoke to experts in the field, to put across the advice given by them.

    If it really was an issue, then you could have answered our calls yourself and given the right advice, which we would have carried. You are welcome to give us your clarifications.


    • Suhail 12 October 2010 at 7:09 am #

      I guess I hit a nerve. Hmm, this was left by someone without a name…

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