Scavenging seagulls have become so fat it‘s affecting their reproduction. That’s what researcher Heidi Auman, from the University of Tasmania, found after spending four years comparing the health between city birds and those of the remote Furneaux Islands.
Urban gulls who feed mainly on scraps from cafes and garbage cans have higher cholesterol levels and are about 10 percent fatter than their island counterparts. This has led to poor egg quality, which may be the reason for their dwindling population.
According to Auman, the birds are still able to fly, however their junk food diet affects them the same as it does humans.
News.com.au July 16, 2007
Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
Seems there‘s no limit to the vicious cycle created by our unhealthy fast food lifestyle. It has been shown that eating fast food just twice a week will cause you to gain an unhealthy amount of weight and develop insulin resistance (the leading cause of Type 2 diabetes), which is now also a rising trend among household pets.
Most do not feed their pets chips and hamburgers (I hope), but conventional pet food is often far from the natural diet of cats and dogs. Just as humans aren’t designed to derive their fuel from chemical substances, animals don’t fare well when they’re forced to stray from their natural diets either.
If processed junk food is turning seagulls into impotent roly-poly’s, what is it doing to you? The answer should be obvious, and the solution is to begin with the basics of good health, which is your diet. Eating local, organically grown food based on your unique nutritional type can reverse this disastrous trend.
“But I can’t afford healthy, organic food,” you say. It’s easy to get stuck thinking the cost of healthy living is somewhere in the stratosphere of the unreachable. But that’s not necessarily the case. Colleen Huber has shown how you can eat healthy without breaking the bank in “Your Family Could be Eating Organic Food for the Same Price as Processed Foods -- or Less.” Try it out! I guarantee you won’t regret it.