February 5, 2011

Many Ads Are for Junk Food

1 Super Bowl Commercials Could Be Bad for Us

A high proportion of Super Bowl commercials will pitch unhealthy products, such as soda and junk food containing lots of calories, sugar, sodium and fat, reports CNN. Children will be among the millions viewing the ads for products including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Doritos, Snickers and Budweiser. Those commercials can even have a negative impact on your health! Research has shown that you'll like a product you're trying for the first time more if you've seen an ad for it. Other research has shown that the number of TV commercials viewed is more closely associated with the risk of being overweight or obese than the total amount of time spent watching TV. CNN reports that Frederick J. Zimmerman of UCLA believes that ubiquitous marketing is the real culprit behind the obesity epidemic.

More at CNN | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Super Bowl Loss Can Increase Cardiac Death

Tags: Coca-Cola, Obesity Epidemic, Super Bowl Ads, Super Bowl Commercials, Pepsi, Doritos, Snickers, Budweiser, Frederick J. Zimmerman, Soda and Junk Food Ads, Why TV is bad for Us

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No Longer a Faceless Crime

2 Most Wanted Health Care Fugitives Named

Health care fraud now has a face or several to go along with it as the government has just launched a new website showing a most-wanted list. It's estimated that scams involving Medicare and Medicaid cost taxpayers more than $60 billion each year. Now, fugitives on the Office of Inspector General (OIG) list, including Susan Bendigo and Clara Guilarte, had better watch out! MSNBC reports that the OIG Most Wanted Fugitives list is topped by Miami brothers Carlos, Luis and Jose Benitez, who cost Medicare $119 million by billing for HIV drugs that patients either didn't need or never received. The OIG is hoping that the new website will bring much needed attention to capturing the fugitives.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Health Care Fraud, Susan Bendigo, Clara Guilarte, Health Care Fugitives, Scams Involving Medicare and Medicaid

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Exercise and Diet Are Key

3 Third of Cancers Preventable

Around a third of all common cancers in the United States, Britain and China might be prevented by eating healthier food, exercising more and drinking less alcohol, say health experts from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). Researchers believe that instituting simple lifestyle changes may prevent about 40 percent of breast cancers in the U.S. and Britain, plus several thousand cases of prostate, colon and stomach cancers. According to WCRF, about 35 percent of cancers in the U.S. are preventable, while 37 percent are preventable in Britain, and 27 percent could be avoided in China.

More at MSNBC | Posted 7 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: International Agency for Research on Cancer, Preventing Cancer, How to Prevent Cancer, Third Cancers Preventable, Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Cancer, Lifestyle Factors Cancer, World Cancer Research Fund

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