January 1, 2011

Spirit Airlines, Not for Tall

1 Tall Man Had to Stand Through Entire Flight

Brooks Anderson, a 25-year-old airline passenger who stands at 6'7", couldn't find a seat that would offer enough legroom during his recent flight with Spirit Airlines. Anderson wasn't allowed to stretch his knees into the aisle. His only option to avoid a painful flight was to stand. According to Time, Anderson stood during his 2.5 hour flight from Chicago to Fort Myers, Fla. It's not illegal for an airline passenger to stand during a flight, but passengers must be seated for takeoff and landing. Time reports that Anderson was seated for those events, but the FAA is investigating the incident.

More at Time | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Looking for Healthy Airline Food? Fly United

Tags: Tall People, Problems of Tall, Tall Guy Has to Stand During Flight, Reviews of Spirit Airlines, Spirit Airlines Stingy, No Legroom on Spirit Airlines, Brooks Anderson

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Seeking Handsome, Older Guy

2 Ladies of Means Want Handsome Men

Women who are financially secure are more likely to seek out a physically attractive older man as a partner, find researchers from the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland. While previous research has shown that women tend to place emphasis on whether a man can provide for them, this new study reveals that financial freedom may alter a woman's preference in a mate. Researchers were surprised to learn that the financially independent women in the study preferred older men, unlike successful men who want younger women. The study, published online in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, involved 3770 heterosexual participants.

More at Science Daily | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Dating Tips

Tags: Evolutionary Psychology, University of Abertay Dundee, Financially Independent Women, Men Want Younger Men, Rich Men Want Young WoMen, Rich Women Want Older Men

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Who's Angry at God?

3 Lots of People Experience Anger Toward God

Many people become angry at God, even those who aren't religious, but Protestants, African Americans and older people report less anger toward God, finds Case Western Reserve University psychologist Julie Exline. According to Exline, highly religious people have more trouble admitting their anger toward God due to shame and wanting to emphasize the positive aspects of religion. She suggests that these people should be honest with God about their anger rather than trying to hide negative feelings. Anger toward God can surface during traumatic situations like illness, natural disasters or deaths, but anger toward God may also be sparked by personal disappointment or failures. People wanting to participate in an online study of anger toward God may visit Dr. Exline's research website.

More at EureakAlert | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Inability to Control Anger Affects Heart Health

Tags: Anger Toward God, Dealing with Anger, Why Angry, Who Is Angry Toward God, Religious Guilt, Protestants Less Angry at God, African Americans Not As Angry at God, Elderly Less Angry at God, Case Western Reserve University, Julie Exline, Participate in Religious Study Online

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Better Tasting Food, Lower Cost

4 NutriSystem Rolls Out Changes for 2011

Weight Watchers isn’t the only major commercial diet programs to launch new changes for 2011. NutriSystem has released its annual “Program Refresh” which will increase both quality and value. NutriSystem has been criticized for having poor tasting foods low in nutritional value. The company has added some well-known chefs to their advisory board, including Top Chef Masters Chef contenders Tony Mantuano and Carmen Gonzalez. NutriSystem will also now offer fresh frozen foods in all of its plans and will reduce the monthly cost by $100. The price of the Basic program is $299 for women and $329 for men which includes cost of food delivered to the customer’s home and access to online and telephone resources. NutriSystem also offers programs for seniors, diabetics, and vegetarians.

More at NutriSystem | Hat tip to Peer Trainer | Posted 7 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Weight Watchers New Points Plus System

Tags: Obesity, Weight Loss, Weight Watchers Alternative, NutriSystem, Commercial Diet Program

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Researchers Focus on Daddy Diets

5 Dad's Diet Affects Kids' Genetic Risk Factors

Environmental factors, such as paternal diet, influence the genes in first-generation offspring, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Texas at Austin. They found that the diets of male mice influenced the creation of cholesterol synthesis genes in their offspring. A mother's diet plays a big role in her child's health, but this study suggests that the father's diet directly affects kids' genetic risk factors. Tracking these alterations in gene function could eventually help doctors discern a young patient's predispositions to heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses. "We’re more than just our genes and our behavior," says Oliver Rando, the study's coauthor. "Knowing what environmental factors your parents experienced is also important."

More at Futurity | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Previously: Dad's High Fat Diet, Daughter's Diabetes Risk

Tags: Diet, Environment, Environmental Factors, Genes, Genetics, Father, Paternal

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He Credits His High-Fat Diet

6 Ramjit Raghav Becomes a First-Time Dad at 94

In India, Ramjit Raghav, 94, is celebrating the birth of his first child with wife Shankuntala Devi, 59. Raghav may be the world's oldest first-time father; in 2007, Nanu Ram Jogi, another Indian man, had his 22nd child at the age of 90. Ramjit Raghav credits his past as a wrestler and his high-fat diet, which consists primarily of almonds and dairy, for his health and virility. The New York Post says that each day, Raghav consumes a pound of clarified butter, or ghee, a pound of almonds and 3.5 quarts of milk. The Indian farmer makes do with about $100 a month in wages and his two cows.

More at New York Post | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Previously: World's Oldest Man Turns 114

Tags: Longevity, Old Men Having Sex, Oldest Father in the World

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Another Sweet Treat for Kids

7 PepsiCo Debuts Sugary Tropolis Drink-Snack

PepsiCo aims to "drinkify" snacks and "snackify" drinks with its new Tropicana Tropolis drink. The 80-calorie fruit puree pouches will come in apple, cherry and grape varieties and are marketed as a hip, healthy snack for kids. The Tropolis drink pouches will cost between $2.49 and $3.49 for a four-pack. A New York University nutrition professor isn't convinced that Tropicana Tropolis drinks are the next best thing for health-conscious parents who want to keep their kids fueled on the go, however. Marion Nestle tells the Wall Street Journal, "They start out with real food, so let's give them credit for applesauce and mashed-up bananas... but the rest of it is sugar. Kids would be better off eating an apple or a banana."

More at The Consumerist | Posted 7 years ago by Marissa Brassfield

Tags: Fruit, Fruit Juice, Fruits Kids Like, PepsiCo, Drinks, Marketing

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