August 28, 2012

Blame Gluttony, Not Sloth

1 Obesity Caused by Calories, Not Inactivity

The widely accepted notion that our modern, sedentary lifestyle is a major cause of obesity may need revising, given studies by Hunter College anthropologists who measured the daily energy expenditure of the Hadza tribe in Tanzania, whose rigorous lifestyle is based on foraging for edible plants and hunting game with bows and arrows, and compared it to that of far less physically active U.S. and European populations. They found that the hunter-gatherers burned no more calories overall than Westerners, and speculate that the Hadzas' bodies compensate for the greater energy burned during food-seeking activities by spending less energy on routine bodily functions and maintenance. Their conclusion: it is greater caloric intake, not reduced activity, that has caused the obesity epidemic.

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

Previously: Teenagers' Sedentary Lifestyles a Health Concern

Tags: Cause of Obesity, Obesity and Lifestyle, Obesity and Exercise, Hadza Tribe, Hunter-Gatherers and Overweight, Hunter College, Sedentary Lifestyle and Overweight

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No Ongoing Threat, Says Hotel

2 Legionnaires' Disease in Chicago JW Marriott

A Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the downtown Chicago JW Marriott has caused two deaths and six additional illnesses since August 14. CNN reports that the hotel has drained their pool, fountain and hot tub. Kathleen Ritger with the Chicago Department of Public Health says that there is on ongoing threat at the hotel. Yet, the JW Marriott is closed at this time, and the hotel is alerting guests who stayed at the location between July 16 and August 15. Legionnaires' disease, a respiratory bacterial infection, isn't transmitted from person to person, but is spread through a water source, such as showers or even air conditioning.

More at CNN | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Chicago Food Truck Wars Continue

Tags: Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak, Legionnaires' Disease Chicago Hotel, JW Marriott Legionnaires' Disease, Chicago Department Public Health

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