August 30, 2012

To Compensate for the Booze?

1 Alcohol Users Exercise More Than Nondrinkers

People who drink alcohol are more likely to engage in regular vigorous exercise than abstainers, and the more they drink, the more they tend to exercise. A study of 130,000 people nationwide by the University of Miami based on self-reported drinking and exercise patterns found that of those persons who participate in vigorous physical activity -- aerobics, running, swimming or workout sessions -- heavy drinkers (76 or more drinks per month for men, 46 or more for women) worked out 10 more minutes than moderate drinkers and 20 more minutes than nondrinkers. Researchers speculate that group sports participants often have drinks together after games, and that heavy drinkers may exercise more to counterbalance the extra calories and/or negative health implications of alcohol intake.

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

Previously: Wine Consumption May Aid Cognitive Function

Tags: Alcohol Use, Alcohol and Fitness, Alcohol and Health, Drinking and Exercise

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NY Senator Calls for Legislation

2 Phthalates Found in Kids’ School Supplies

Phthalates, chemicals used to soften plastic, and that are linked to birth defects, ADHD and asthma, were found in 75% of children’s school supplies randomly purchased in dollar stores and other NYC retailers, says NY Sen. Charles Schumer. Researchers found that some back-to-school supplies including raincoats, boots and binders and, more specifically, Disney’s Dora the Explorer Backpacks, Amazing Spiderman and Disney Princess lunch boxes contained phthalate levels that are much higher than allowable federal limits. “We don't allow high levels of these toxic chemicals in children's toys and we certainly shouldn't allow them in back-to-school products," says Schumer who vowed to push for the Safe Chemicals Act to give the EPA more authority to regulate chemicals used in consumer products.

More at Cbsnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Phthalates May Increase Obesity in Kids

Tags: Birth Defects, Obesity, Phthalates, Senator Charles Schumer, Disney Backpacks and Lunch Boxes, Environmental

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Only Kids Should Ask for Sibling

3 Being Only Child Linked with Being Overweight

Kids without siblings may be up to 50 percent more likely to be overweight compared to kids with siblings, say researchers. Also, the bigger the age gap between siblings, the greater the risk that the first child will be overweight, reports WebMD. Researchers accounted for factors like the child's birth weight and the parents' weight, but the findings still held. It's not really clear why children without siblings are more likely to be overweight, but researchers are planning a follow-up study. The study included 12,720 kids aged 2 to 9 living in eight countries in Europe. Younger kids were less likely to be overweight than kids ages 6 to 9. The findings are reported in Nutrition and Diabetes.

More at WebMD | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Only Children Have Good Social Skills Too

Tags: Only Children, Kids No Siblings, Health Effects No Siblings, Childhood Obesity Causes, Nutrition and Diabetes, New York University Langone School of Medicine

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