Poor diet and lack of exercise

Edith Gyan

Article Summary

Article Summary: Researchers introduced mice to a normal healthy diet or a diet that they termed a "fast food diet" that is one that was high in saturated fat and cholesterol, along with a sugar-sweetened beverage. The Mice that were given the fast food diet showed harmful changes in their health parameters such as body weight composition, which increased their fat mass by nearly 300 percent over the course of about four months. The fat mass accumulated largely in the midsection surrounding internal organs, an area that is often linked to a number of diseases related to obesity.

While the harmful effects of the fast food diet were clear, researchers found significant health improvements after introducing exercise. Half the mice, including mice on both the healthy and unhealthy diets, were given exercise wheels. Mice that had been exposed to the fast food diet but exercised showed suppression in body weight gain and fat mass accumulation, and were protected against the accumulation of senescent cells. Mice on a normal diet also benefited from exercise.

Author: Science daily

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160316105137.htm

Publication date: March 16, 2016

Conclusions: Researchers demonstrated that a poor diet and lack of exercise accelerated the onset of cellular senescence and, in turn, age-related conditions in mice. The importance of modifiable factors to healthy diet and regular physical activity prevent processes that drive aging and aging-related diseases.

Article Critique

Although this article is not from a professional article, the source of the article and the issues it presented are credible sources of nutrition information. Diet and lack of exercise have been proven in so many case studies as having a link to the challenges of diseases that we face in our current world. The website is not a government or university website, yet the information and the content have scientific evidence of their claims. They got the information from Mayo Clinic. The researchers investigate today’s medical mysteries, generate new knowledge and translate their discoveries into therapies to advance patient care. Also, Mayo Clinic is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest hospitals and ranked number one on the 2014–2015 U.S. News & World Report List of Best Hospitals, maintaining a position near the top for more than 20 years.

Though Science daily .com referenced that the information was retrieved from Mayo clinic is undoubted that there is no doubt that the content was changed to allow the targeted audience understand their article. Under the article it was stated that the materials may be edited for content and length. The content on the website is for information only. It is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. Hence, their views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of ScienceDaily, its staff, its contributors, or its partners. However, their research could be true as mostly unhealthy diet and lack of exercise makes one age faster. Even though, their research does not have any health claims, I believe that based on what I have been thought in the nutrition class I am convinced that exercise prevents premature senescent cell accumulation and protects against the damaging effects of an unhealthy diet, including deficiencies in physical, heart, and metabolic function equivalent to diabetes.


Mayo Clinic. (2016, March 16). Poor diet and lack of exercise accelerate the onset of age-related

conditions in mice. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 1, 2016 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/03/160316105137.htm