June 24, 2012

You Drink More Than You Think

1 People Don't Estimate Soda Portions Properly

It's been shown time and again that people will eat whatever portion is put in front of them and usually underestimate how much they've consumed. A French researcher has found that people greatly underestimate the amount of soda in a container even when they have a reference. Pierre Chandon, now a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, asked 294 people to estimate the amount of liquid in a beverage container, using either a 6.5 ounce bottle (which was once the norm) or a 12-ounce can or cup as a benchmark. Participants routinely estimated containers held 20 to 40 percent less than they actually did. Blame it on the brain, which has trouble visualizing geometry and can't accurately tell if an object has doubled or tripled in volume. Take the quiz yourself to see if you fare better.

More at The New York Times | Posted 5 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Portion Sizes, Soda, Sugary Beverages, Supersize

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Are Plastics Making Kids Fat?

2 Phthalate May Increase Obesity in Kids

Preliminary results from a new study suggest that a phthalate used to soften plastics may increase the risk of childhood obesity. The study involved collecting blood from 204 six to 13 year olds, 105 of whom were obese. After accounting for physical activity and caloric intake, a higher body mass index (BMI) was linked to higher levels of di-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) which is found many products people use every day. DEHP likely acts in two ways to increase fat; reducing the potency of the male sex hormone androgen which normally lowers BMI and disrupting normal thyroid function which secretes hormones that affect weight gain. Both hormones affect appetite and how quickly food is broken down. Male fertility, breast development in boys and low birth weights has been tied to phthalates.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Phthalates Increase Diabetes Risk in Seniors, Weight Loss Increases Pollutant Levels in Blood

Tags: Body Mass Index, Childhood Obesity, Phthalates, Plastics, Di-Ethylhexyl Phthalate, DEHP, Environmental Pollutants

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