September 19, 2012

Also, How Men and woMen Differ

1 Can Trusting to Luck Make You Fat?

A study of the dietary, exercise, and personality characteristics of over 7,000 people conducted by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research found that men and women seek and derive different benefits from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, with men valuing physical results and women drawing satisfaction from a sense of improved health. The study also found a direct association between having a fatalistic personality and being obese. In essence, persons who believe that their life events are determined by fate or chance are less inclined to try to change or influence their lives by their own behavior, and thus tend to smoke and drink more, eat less wisely, and exercise less than persons who believe that their life condition is at least partly under their control.

More at Dailymail.co.uk | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Fate and Fat, Fate and Fitness, Personality and Obesity, Fatalism and Obesity, Luck and Fitness, Men and Fitness, Women and Fitness

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Swimming Without a Pool

2 Astronaut Finishes Triathlon in Space

Astronaut Sunita Williams, International Space Station Commander for the Expedition 33 crew, was the first person to complete a triathlon in space. Williams, who finished the grueling Nautica Malibu Triathlon in 1 hour, 48 minutes and 43 seconds, did the swimming, biking and running events on specialized exercise equipment aboard the International Space Station. She used a stationery bike for biking, a treadmill for running but, since there is no pool on the station, she improvised using a simulated weight-lifting system. “I’m happy to be done,” Williams said, after she finished the event. “It wasn’t easy, and I’m sure everyone out in California is excited to be done, too.“

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

Previously: Death Race Is Ultimate Test of Endurance

Tags: Endurance, Triathlon, Triathlete, Sunita Williams, International Space Station, Nautica Malibu Triathlon, Expedition 33 Crew, Endurance Training

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1 in 7 Teens Sext

3 Sexting Linked to Risky Sexual Behavior

Teens who sext are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior finds a 2011 survey from USC Los Angeles that found that 1 in 7 LA high schoolers with a cell phone sent a sexually explicit text or image. A similar study of Houston, TX high schoolers found that 1 in 4 teens had sent naked photos of themselves through text message or email and that they were more likely to be engaging in risky sex. "Sexting appears to be a reflection or an indication of actual sexual behavior. What they're doing in their offline lives is what they're doing in their online lives," says researcher Jeff Temple about the Houston study. Researchers say parents and teachers may be able to use media coverage of sexting scandals involving celebrities or politicians to start a dialogue about sexting and sex.

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

Previously: Teens Keep Texting After Going to Bed

Tags: Sex, Sexual Behavior, University of Southern California, Sexting, Jeff Temple, Risky Sexual Behavior, Risky Sexual Behavior and Sexting, Teens and Sex, Teens and Sexting

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Levels Called "Worrisome”

4 Arsenic Found in Rice, Rice Products

“Worrisome” levels of arsenic were found in rice and rice products says a Consumer Reports study of 60 rice products including baby cereals, pasta and drinks. Inorganic arsenic is linked to cancers of the lungs, liver and bladder say the Centers for Disease Control. While there are currently no federal standards for arsenic in food, “The levels are low,” says Jim Coughlin, an independent toxicologist and a past consultant for the USA Rice Federation who adds that arsenic is in “all our foods.” The FDA is in the process of examining rice and rice products and will make a determination by year’s end. Meanwhile, Consumer Reports recommends that people eat no more than two servings of a 1/4 cup of dry rice/week. They advised against rice drinks as part of a daily diet for children under 5.

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

Previously: Arsenic Found in Baby Formula, Cereal Bars

Tags: Arsenic, Arsenic in Rice, Bladder Cancer, Centers for Disease Control, Consumer Reports, Food and Drug Administration, Liver Cancer, Lung Cancer, Jim Coughlin, USA Rice Federation

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Hang on for Boneless Rib Fix

5 McDonald's McRib to Make Delayed Appearance

Fans of McDonald's McRib, a boneless rib-shaped sandwich, will have to wait until December to get their fix. The McRib sandwich was supposed to resurface on the McDonald's menu this fall, but McDonald's is holding out in hopes of increasing their late quarter sales. NPR reports that restaurant sales typically drop during the winter months as people tend to go out less. The McRib sandwich features pickles, barbecue sauce, onions and pork trimmings, all shaped into a boneless rib. NPR reports that McRib fan Ryan Dixon, who once drove 10 hours to buy the sandwich, compares the culinary creation to a Sasquatch or Loch Ness monster, noting that once you hear of a sighting, it's gone when you get there!

More at NPR | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: McRib Developed by Skunkworks Federal Agency

Tags: McRib Sandwich, McRib Delayed Comeback, McRib Waiting till December, No McRib Fall 2012, Boneless Rib

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Get More Sleep!

6 Lack of Sleep May Contribute to Obesity

Lack of sleep may be a contributing factor to the obesity epidemic, suggest researchers. In the editorial published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the researchers say that insufficient sleep is gaining attention as a possible behavioral factor that impedes weight loss. Researchers note that a 2010 study showed that research participants who slept for only 5.5 hours lost 55 percent less body fat, plus 60 percent more lean body mass compared to participants who slept 8.5 hours. That research suggested that people who don't get enough sleep retain fat tissue while losing muscle. Research published in July revealed that women who slept more than seven hours nightly, as well as those who had better quality sleep, were 33 percent more likely to experience success with weight loss.

More at Today Health | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Campaigns Against Obesity Can Backfire

Tags: Canadian Medical Association Journal, Fighting Obesity, Lack of Sleep, Factors Contributing Obesity Epidemic

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Bunk Is Difficult to Debunk

7 Misinformation Easier for Mind to Process

A report published in the September issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest found show why the wrong information can seems so right; it takes more cognitive effort to reject information than to believe it is true. Even when we question it, we focus on a few subjective questions. The misinformation becomes more “sticky” if it fits into our religious, political and social points of view and when others try to correct it. Misinformation about things such as childhood vaccines, Obamacare and climate change can have serious consequences. But there is hope for getting the right information out there. Researchers suggest creating a narrative around it, zero in on the facts, make it simple and brief, being aware of the target audiences’ beliefs and repeat the information.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Brain Changes Make Elderly Fall for Scams

Tags: Cognitive Function, Communication, Information, Misinformation, Personal Beliefs

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