June 21, 2012

You Can Truly Eat Yourself Blind

1 Diabetes-Based Eye Disease Soaring

America's soaring diabetes rates, a direct result of the nation’s soaring obesity rates, have in turn sharply escalated the rates of several types of eye problem. The most serious and widespread of these is diabetic retinopathy, which increased by almost 90 percent from 2000 to 2010, to the point that it now afflicts roughly 7.7 million U.S. adults aged 40 or older. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high blood sugar causes tiny retinal blood vessels to breach and leak into the retina. If untreated, the result ranges from blurred eyesight to total vision loss, and the disease is in fact the leading cause of adult blindness. It can be treated and its progression halted, but in some cases provides no warning signals, so regular eye exams for diabetics are recommended.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Diabetes, Diabetic Retinopathy, Diabetes and Eye Disease, Diabetic Eye Problems, Diabetes and the Retina, Diseases of the Retina, Causes of Eye Problems

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Want a Yogurt with That?

2 Movie Theaters Serve Junk Food You Crave

Movie theaters stay in business from profits made from selling concessions, and they aren't about to mess with the junk-food model, says Los Angeles Times writer Patrick Goldstein. NATO President John Fithian notes that we should be pointing the finger at patrons, not theaters. According to Fithian, theaters have offered healthy snacks like yogurt and granola bars that didn't sell. In the late 1990s, some theaters switched to air-popped popcorn machines to avoid cooking in unhealthy oil, only to experience patron complaints. However, Fithian says that some theaters do offer healthy alternatives, like the AMC Smart Movie Snacks, including dried fruit and trail mix. Yet, as Goldstein points out, a 16-cup large popcorn tub at AMC gifts you with 1,030 calories and 57 grams of saturated fat!

More at Los Angeles Times | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Theater Junk Food, Why Theaters Serve Junk Food, Unhealthy Theater Snacks, Calories in Popcorn, Healthy Movie Food, NATO President John Fithian, AMC Smart Movie Snacks

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Screen Monsters Aren't to Blame

3 Parents Can't Blame TV for Couch Potato Kids

Parents play a major role in determining whether their young children are sedentary, say researchers from Oregon State University. The research confirms that kids in the U.S. are increasingly sedentary, and spend too much time staring at screens. You can't blame the newest gadgets, say the researchers who found that parenting style is associated with sedentary behavior in kids. For all parenting styles, researchers found that kids were sedentary for four to five waking hours a day, but parents who didn't spend as much time at home with kids had children who spent an additional 30 minutes in front of a screen on an average week day. Researchers also found that all kids ages 2 to 4 were sitting more than several hours each day. The research is published in Early Child Development and Care.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Put Kids on

Tags: Oregon State University, Couch Potato Kids, Parents Blame TV, Parents Responsibility Make Kids Active, Early Child Development and Care

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