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Controlling Weight Gain
Comfort food and fast-food sales are soaring -- chocolatier Cadbury's profits soared 30 percent in 2008, and McDonald's saw a 5 percent increase in U.S. sales this past January. Grocery store comfort foods like boxed macaroni and cheese and canned ham are also staging a comeback.
Two-thirds of American adults are medically overweight or obese, and the incidence of medically significant obesity is rising rapidly, especially in children and teenagers. Unless this epidemic is brought under control, earlier appearance of diabetes and heart disease is expected to get worse.
The current recession is not easing the situation. In a recent survey of 1,000 Americans, 25 percent responded that they were more likely to turn to high-calorie comfort foods because of the economic situation. Washington University in St. Louis has also reported strong evidence that economic uncertainty can cause significant weight gain.
The good news is that emotional (non-hunger) eating can be controlled with some effort:
- Take note of when you're eating, but aren't actually hungry.
Clues include eating a short time after a meal, or while doing activities such as reading or watching TV, sudden cravings for a particular food and feelings of guilt or self-deprecation after eating.
- Learn what triggers emotional eating for you.
Keep a diary and record when and what you eat and what you are experiencing or feeling at the time (boredom, anger, frustration, etc.), take note of how hungry you are at the time by rating your hunger on a scale of one to 10.
Study the diary to try to determine your triggers and what foods you turn to at these times. Some studies suggest that chewy and crunchy foods are more commonly consumed during periods of stress, frustration or anger, while creamy foods are often used to combat feelings of loneliness or depression. Make eating a solitary activity rather than eating while taking part in another activity.
- Make a list of non-eating activities that you enjoy, to help alleviate your emotional eating triggers.
- Recognize when you're lapsing and eating on a non-hunger basis. Try to learn what triggers your own inappropriate eating.
Some clues: emotional "hunger" comes on suddenly, is associated with a craving for a specific food and is followed by feelings of guilt or shame.
- Get to the root of your feelings and take action to change them.
Much of the financial stress that stems from the recession may feel like it's out of your control. Try to find actionable steps you can take to feel more in charge-it will help you feel like you're making progress and, ultimately, less overwhelmed.
Daily drink may boost life expectancy
Drinking up to half a glass of wine a day may boost life expectancy by five years — at least in men — according to research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Dutch authors base their findings on 1,373 randomly selected men whose cardiovascular health and life expectancy at age 50 were repeatedly monitored between 1960 and 2000. The researchers found that light long-term alcohol consumption of all types — up to 20 grams a day — extended life by around two extra years compared with no alcohol at all.
And men who drank only wine, and less than half a glass of it a day, lived around 2.5 years longer than those who drank beer and spirits, and almost five years longer than those who drank no alcohol at all.
Did You Know?
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut products, which have been associated with serious liver problems.
Health Tip: Protect yourself from tick bites
- Ticks prefer wooded and bushy areas with high grass and a lot of leaf litter. These are areas to avoid.
- Take extra precautions in May, June, and July. This is when ticks that transmit Lyme disease are most active.
- Use insect repellent with 20 percent to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin and clothing to prevent tick bites.
- Wear long pants, long sleeves, and long socks to keep ticks off your skin. Light-colored clothing will help you spot ticks more easily. Tucking pant legs into socks or boots and tucking shirts into pants help keep ticks on the outside of clothing.
- Check your skin and clothes for ticks every day. Remove ticks immediately using fine-tipped tweezers.
-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Number to Know: 46
Percentage of Americans, as of April 29, who are concerned that they or someone in their immediate family may get sick from H1N1 “swine” flu during the next 12 months. -- Harvard School of Public Health
In a study of elementary-school children, researchers found children with ADHD who took medication scored higher in math and reading than unmedicated peers with ADHD.
The finding is important, researchers said, given the high prevalence of ADHD and its strong association with lower academic achievement.
However, these gains were not great enough to eliminate the test-score gap between children with ADHD and those without the disorder. This suggests the need for active parent and teacher involvement plus tutoring.
-- American Academy of Pediatrics
Senior Health: Save money on senior care
Billions of dollars are spent each year on senior care expenses. But with economic worries affecting many families, cutting costs has become more important than ever. Here are some tips:
- Compare prices: Family members and caregivers can help seniors out by comparison shopping for goods and services online. Review all bills and find out if it is less expensive to bundle services like phone and cable.
- Take advantage of existing services: Look for a personal alarm system that can connect directly to 911 and charges no monitoring fees and has no service contracts.
- Consider home care: The average annual cost of home care can be half the cost of nursing home care.
- Buy in bulk: Seniors often use the same products, such as personal care items or incontinence supplies, month after month. Purchasing such nonperishable items in bulk online or from a warehouse store can save a great deal of money.
GateHouse News Service
Buying the Best Plus Size Jeans
The Secrets to Buying the Best Plus Size JeansAuthor: samantha
We all remember the jeans that needed kidnapping by the fashion police in years gone by and thankfully we have had a vast improvement since then. If I am completely honest, the variety available today is truly amazing - there is literally something for everyone.
My personal favorite for the plus size lady is the bootcut variety as it creates a lovely balance of proportion to most shapes, usually making you look slimmer. When you wear bootcut jeans, they look amazing with something simple like a pair of flip flops and a smart top. You can also dress them up with a fun tunic that is the perfect color for your complexion and get people talking about how lovely you look. Jeans look good with just about any color in your closet!
All women that dress “their best” are trying to take the attention elsewhere than their “trouble” spots. So, if you are plus size and have the weight mainly around your tummy and thighs, you could dress to concentrate others’ attention on your top half and lower legs. If you’re a shoe addict this is the perfect time for you to bring your collection out and show the world what you are all about. Wear some lovely peep toe sandals and give yourself a lovely pedicure. A nice top that fits close to the frame up high and then starts to flare just before the tummy will form an A-line –this shape is a great style for women with tiny top halves and fuller hips and thighs.
One of the harder jeans for most plus size women to pull off is the skinny jean. They usually only work for women with fabulous legs and a smaller shoulder frame, who carry all their weight in their waist and stomach area. Then, an attractive top used to camouflage the midsection can help create a slim all over look. However, if you have heavy thighs and very full calves, these types of jeans will draw attention to the wrong part of your body, creating a less attractive silhouette.
Jeans should always be thought of as a long term investment! Choose the right ones – and you will have them in your closet for many years. I would always class jeans as being rather plain and that is what is so good about them. They can suit more or less any occasion and with the right mixture of tops and/or accessories and will keep you looking current and attractive.
Next time you’re shopping, play up your best features with jeans and you will see wonderful results.About the Author:
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